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McMaster’s William J. McCallion Planetarium

By Mario Carr When the William J. McCallion Planetarium opened at Hamilton’s McMaster University in 1949, an army surplus parachute was used as its dome. It was the first planetarium in Ontario that had public shows. Since it opened about … Continue reading

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Our diminishing night sky

By Mario Carr Light pollution is destroying the night sky. Believe it or not back in the 1930s’ you could actually see the band of the Milky Way from downtown Toronto. Now you can barely see anything. Astronomy writer Terence … 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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A clash of two galaxies

By Mario Carr Think you’re still when you’re sitting down. Think again. You’re actually moving thousands of kilometres per minute. That’s because the Earth and everything in our Milky Way galaxy is on a collision course with the Andromeda galaxy. … Continue reading

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A tale of two comets

By Mario Carr Astronomically speaking, 2013 may not be as exciting as last year, except, we might see two bright comets. One could be bright enough to be even seen during the day. It’s been a long time since we’ve … Continue reading

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The Transit of Venus

  By Mario Carr On June 5 the transit of Venus will be a once in a lifetime event. Venus will start to cross the face of the sun at 6:03 p.m.and complete its journey about six hours later. We … Continue reading

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Distinguished award

Hamilton’s Doug Welch professor of astronomy received the McNeil Medal by the Royal Society of Canada. The award is given to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding abilities to promote and communicate science to students and the public.  Past winners included … Continue reading

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