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Imaging the Night Sky with SkyNews

People love beautiful photos — and the September/October 2021 issue of SkyNews is stacked with them.

For the past year, we’ve been collecting our readers’ best astrophotos for our Photo of the Week contest. Our judges have been pouring over hundreds of submissions in a variety of categories. They have now picked the Photos of the Year, plus the Best of the Best — all to be showcased in our September/October 2021 special issue focused on astrophotography.

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Telescope for Isaac

Telescope for Isaac
The RASC and Sky-Watcher come together to grant a sick child his wish.  


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The Sky This Month - June 2021

Sunrise Solar Eclipse

As mentioned last month, the long-awaited annular solar eclipse will occur on the morning of June 10th. Although most of the eastern part of Canada failed to enjoy the May 26 lunar eclipse, this area will see the sun covered by the moon as it rises behind trees, buildings and hills, making for some spectacular photo opportunities. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon is farthest in its elliptical orbit around the earth and covers about 99% of the sun called the “ring of fire”. For those living on the eclipse path, the one per cent of sunlight around the edge is still extremely dangerous to look at directly without proper filtration. This is not to be confused with a total solar eclipse where the closer moon blocks the entire sun from a few seconds to a few minutes depending on the moon’s distance in its orbit.

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The Sky This Month - May 2021

One Eclipse Leads To Another

This year the earth will witness four eclipses, two lunar and two solar. Depending on where you live in Canada, you will have a chance to see one of each or even both. On May 26 the Full Flower Moon will be subject to a total lunar eclipse. This is the largest moon of the year producing large tides.

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The Sky This Month - April 2021

Distant Islands

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The Sky This Month - March 2021

Signs of Spring

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The Sky This Month - January 2021

Orion’s Many Colours - Part 1

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The Sky This Month - December 2020

The Great Conjunction

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The Sky This Month - October 2020

Rising Pegasus

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Mars makes closest approach to Earth for next 15 years Oct 6

Mars makes closest approach to Earth for next 15 Years on October 6

October 6 - The red planet will be making its closest approach to Earth in 15 years. This will give us an incredible look at our planetary neighbour.

A week after this, Mars will reach opposition. An opposition is when Earth is located in a straight line directly between the sun and another orbiting planet in our solar system. Mars oppositions happen around every other year. This year’s opposition is on Oct 13, however a week earlier will be the best time to observe Mars.

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