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Crescent Moon and Venus photo opportunity on June 26, 2022 | SkyNews
This Week’s Sky: June 20 to 26, 2022

Turn your alarm clocks on early! The crescent Moon passes by the morning planet cavalcade this week, and incredible early-morning sight

The northern lights from a ferry sailing from Tromsø north toward Skjervøy on October 16, 2019. This is looking south with the Summer Triangle stars left of centre. (Alan Dyer) | SkyNews
World Asterisms Project: Stories in the stars

A list of asterisms from hundreds of cultures around the world is now available through The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

Jupiter, June 2022 | SkyNews
Planets at a Glance: June 2022

Look for a cavalcade of planets this month, as the naked-eye visible ones line up in the early morning sky.

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A reindeer at Jotunheimen National Park in Norway. A reindeer bull features prominently in Sámi sky lore. | SkyNews
The lost elements of Sámi night skies

Over the past couple centuries, much of Sámi sky lore has been lost, but what is known shows a culture that is intimately in tune with the land.

A view of Orion and the winter sky low in the south from a latitiude of 70 degrees north, near Oksfjord, Norway, in October 2018. This demonstrates the low altitude of southern constellations from far northern latitudes. (Alan Dyer) | SkyNews
Reading into old Norse sky stories

Despite mastering the night sky, many old Norse sky culture details have been lost over time

Orion as seen from the Lut Desert in Iran in November 2017. (Parisa Bajelan)
Seven stars, countless stories around the world

Visible from both hemispheres, the constellation commonly known in astronomy circles as Orion holds myriad meanings around the world

Gibbous Moon joins Saturn on June 18, 2022 | SkyNews
This Week’s Sky: June 13 to 19, 2022

The morning planet bonanza continues as Mercury reaches greatest western elongation and the gibbous Moon passes Saturn.

Morning planet bonanza begins on June 10, 2022 | SkyNews
This Week’s Sky: June 6 to 12, 2022

It’s finally here — watch this week as Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn meet in the morning sky.

Mars outruns Jupiter on June 2, 2022 | SkyNews
This Week’s Sky: May 30 to June 5, 2022

The planets and Moon race through the cosmos this week, with the crescent Moon tagging the Beehive cluster and Mars outrunning Jupiter.

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The famous Leo Triplet of galaxies is composed of two Messier objects, M65 and M66, as well as NGC 3628. (Dan Kusz) | SkyNews
How to explore spring galaxies from Canada

Springtime is galaxy season in Canada. Discover the myriad of distant galaxies overhead with these viewing tips

U.K. imager Damian Peach captured this view of Comet Catalina on September 11, 2015, before its conjunction with the Sun.
Comets: What they are and how to see them

The brightest comets are rare, often only visible from Earth for a brief time. How do you catch them?

An image of Comet Leonard taken the morning of December 6, 2021. | SkyNews
Catch 2021’s best comet — Comet Leonard

If you live at a mid-northerly latitude, the coming week will provide a great opportunity to see Comet Leonard, the best-performing comet of 2021

Comet Leonard passed by the Whale and Hockey Stick galaxies in the constellation Canes Venatici on the morning of November 23. | SkyNews
Comet Leonard approaches early this December

Comet Leonard is predicted to be bright enough to see with the naked eye this December. Catch it before it disappears.

About the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) began as the Toronto Astronomical Club on December 1, 1868. The eight men who gathered to share their interests were not professional astronomers, just working-class citizens with a passion for astronomy.

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