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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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December’s Geminid meteor shower

By Mario Carr Astronomers say that the Geminid Meteor Shower peaking Dec. 13 promises to put on a great show this year but don’t hold your breath. Few things in life are certain, especially when it comes to astronomical events … 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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Jupiter’s disappearing act

By Mario Carr Jupiter is about to perform a disappearing act. If you hurry, you can still see the planet dipping lower towards the northwest evening horizon every night this month. By early July, the gas giant disappears from sight … Continue reading

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Is it colder than Mars?

Over the last few weeks, it’s been reported that it’s colder than the surface of Mars.

Maybe, it’s temporarily warmer at high noon on the Martian equator but it’s common for temperatures to dip more than 100 degrees at night, since the atmosphere is too thin to hold heat. The Martian rover Opportunity has recorded summer daytime temperatures fluctuating from 30 degrees Celsius down to -80 degrees C at night.
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Astronomy calendar available at telescope clinic

By Mario Carr Even though there’s no evidence of little green men from Mars, there was a little green object spotted near the planet last month. That object was Comet ISON. Cyanogen and diatomic carbon gases erupting from its core … Continue reading

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Autumn’s astronomical adventures

By Mario Carr As we move into autumn, you can see the changes in the night sky. Summer’s signature constellation like the teapot in Sagittarius is tipping over pouring out the last bits of summer, as it sets in the … Continue reading

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