Category Archives: The sky this month

Our incredible shrinking moon

By Mario Carr Our nearest celestial neighbour, the Moon, is shrinking as its interior cools. According to a recent analysis of moonquakes detected by the Apollo astronauts more than 50 years ago, the Moon is becoming smaller by about 50 … Continue reading

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Telescope clinic helps keep your eyes on the skies

By Mario Carr As the nights become longer there is more time to enjoy the wonders of night sky with your telescope. If you’re not sure how to use it, or plan to buy one as a gift, the Hamilton … Continue reading

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Comet Lovejoy getting dimmer

  By Mario Carr There’s still time to glimpse Comet Lovejoy as it makes an 8,000 year orbit around the Sun. Even though the Comet is getting dimmer, there’s a good chance you could see it from a dark location. … Continue reading

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Year of the dwarf planets

By Mario Carr 2015 will be remembered as the year of the dwarf planets. Dwarf planet Pluto and its five moons will be revealed as the New Horizon space probe reaches it for a few hours on July 14. Travelling … Continue reading

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Astronomical Christmas gift ideas

By Mario Carr Not sure what Christmas gift to buy for that stargazer on your list? Maybe the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers can help. You might want to consider the club’s 2015 astronomy calendar. It’s loaded with upcoming astronomical events and … Continue reading

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Two eclipses for October

By Mario Carr On Thanksgiving, we can also give thanks for seeing a Lunar and a Partial Solar Eclipse this month. Solar Eclipses happens during the day when the Moon crosses the face of the Sun throwing a shadow on … Continue reading

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An early Harvest Moon for September

By Mario Carr This year’s Sept. 8 Harvest Moon will be earlier than normal. It’s the first full moon close to the Autumn Equinox, which marks the arrival of autumn Sept. 22 at 10 29 p.m. That’s when the centre … Continue reading

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