Tag Archives: Night sky

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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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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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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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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