Tag Archives: Mars

A Victoria Day meteor shower

By Mario Carr Canadians aren’t the only ones celebrating Victoria Day with fireworks. This year, Mother Nature is also into the festivities with a new meteor shower of her own lighting up the May 24 morning sky. The LINEAR meteor … 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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Is time travel possible?

By Mario Carr Last month, time traveller Dr. Who turned 50. But is the TV show all fantasy? Apparently, travelling into the future is possible. Motion and gravity can affect time according to physicist Albert Einstein. Time on orbiting GPS … Continue reading

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Stargazing along the Bruce Peninsula

By Mario Carr Summer camping is a great way to enjoy the night sky. From just about any campground you’re almost guaranteed to see a better night sky. The darker the sky and the further you go from city lights, … Continue reading

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Asteroid mining

Not everyone is terrified of asteroids. Enterprising miners from the Prospectors and Developers Annual Conference in Toronto last month are thinking of ways to drill into asteroids and strike it rich. Some asteroids are full of valuable minerals, which companies … Continue reading

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2013 astronomy calendar on sale

During 2012, we witnessed some of best astronomical events in recent history. Venus started off the year as the brightest planet in the evening sky and will end the year low in the southeast morning sky. In May, we saw … Continue reading

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Journey to the universe in October

By Mario Carr Do you know the difference between the Super Bowl and a Super Nova? If you’re not sure, then you should come out to the October 12 meeting of the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers for a special introductory astronomy … Continue reading

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