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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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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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Maybe a comet for March

By Mario Carr If the recent Russian meteorite hit downtown Hamilton everything within a 25 kilometre radius would be wiped out. That would include Burlington, Waterdown, Dundas and Stoney Creek. NASA predicts that larger meteorites hit the Earth every five … Continue reading

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Six memorable celestial events in one day

By Mario Carr On Saturday August 11 Hamilton Amateur Astronomers will once again open the gates to Binbrook Conservation Area for its annual Perseids Meteor Shower Watch. Free admission after 8 p.m. and the event runs until 11 p.m. The … Continue reading

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May’s super sized moon

By Mario Carr Would you like fries with that super sized moon? This month’s full moon called the Flower Moon on May 5 will be bigger and brighter than usual. It will be the largest full moon for all of … Continue reading

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April brings spring constellations

By Mario Carr Constellations are divided into two groups. The Big and Small Dipper for example are always in the night sky and called circumpolar constellations. There are also seasonal constellations due to the Earth’s motion. A spring constellations such … Continue reading

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