Gordon Osinski assesses Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen’s choice of sample rocks from base of melt rock outcrop on June 21, 2013. (Canadian Space Agency)
How Canada is training the next lunar astronauts

This week in space news: Western University is poised to help train a Canadian going into lunar orbit.

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This artist’s impression shows the planet K2-18b, its host star and an accompanying planet. Its discovery came from "citizen scientists" examining publicly stored data, but one machine learning expert said this type of scanning could be done by computers in the future. (ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser)
Computers could give astronomers a badly needed helping hand

Machine learning has been around for decades, but with quantum computers and cloud storage quickly maturing, it will enter likely the mainstream in astronomy soon.

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An artist's concept of Canadarm3, Canada's smart robotic system, located on the exterior of the Gateway, a small space station in orbit around the Moon. (Canadian Space Agency, NASA)
Canada is all-in on the next lunar leap

Canadian Space Agency announces another round of LEAP projects awarded a total of almost $3 million

Features

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This Week’s Sky: January 18 to 24, 2021

Check out lunar features this week as the Moon waxes to gibbous.

Turning fiction into reality

“I’m certainly not the only one moved to investigation by artistic representations of space and astronomy,” SkyNews editor Allendria Brunjes writes in her column.

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January 2021: Planets at a glance

This month, Uranus completes its retrograde loop and resumes its eastward motion in the skies, and Mercury returns to view. Here’s more on the planetary events this month.

The Latest

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This Week’s Sky: January 11 to 17, 2021

With a new Moon in the sky this week, it’s the perfect time to look for some deep-sky objects

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This Week’s Sky: January 4 to 10, 2021

Jupiter and Saturn provide a continuation of last month’s show, meeting with Mercury post sunset this week.

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This Week’s Sky: December 28, 2020 to January 3, 2021

Ring in the new year as the Earth reaches perihelion and a meteor shower streaks the sky.

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Seeing tonight’s Jupiter-Saturn conjunction

Weather report for December 21 got you down? See through the clouds — or at least commiserate — with RASC and Explore Scientific!

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This Week’s Sky: December 21 to 27, 2020

Saturn and Jupiter meet in their closest conjunction since 1623, a minor meteor shower peaks and the Moon’s Lunar X will be visible for western Canadians.

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Canadian camera to go on exoplanet hunting mission

Canadian technology will be flying on the Roman space telescope in 2025, on course to capture images of planets outside our Solar System.

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A southern solar eclipse

A total solar eclipse will be passing over parts of South America on December 14.

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New Moon allows Geminids to shine

The Geminids promise to give a great show this year as the prolific meteor shower peaks during a new Moon.

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How do I see the zodiacal light?

How to see the zodiacal light, the leftovers of our cosmic neighbourhood’s formation some 4.5 billion years ago.

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Getting ready for the Perseid Meteor Shower

Here are some observation and photographing tips for the Perseids, which peak August 12-13, 2020.

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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