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Perseids Meteor Shower on August 12, 2022 | SkyNews
This Week’s Sky: August 8 to 14, 2022

The Perseid Meteor Shower is the highlight of the week, peaking after midnight on Friday night, August 12, into the wee hours of Saturday morning.

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

Mars, August 2022 | SkyNews
Planets at a Glance: August 2022

Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus will brighten night skies, while Venus remains a pre-dawn planet.

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Dalhousie University's LORIS spacecraft is slated to head into space later this summer or fall. | SkyNews
Dalhousie University students extend their studies to space

The first Atlantic Canadian satellite is going to orbit soon to get a to get a high-definition view of Nova Scotia’s shorelines and ocean life

The Canadian Space Agency's contribution to the Webb mission, the FGS/NIRISS arrived at NASA Goddard on July 30, 2012. | SkyNews
Canada helped discover water on a distant planet using JWST

The James Webb Space Telescope is already on the hunt for new worlds using a Canadian deep-space instrument

First quarter Moon on August 5, 2022 | SkyNews
This Week’s Sky: August 1 to 7, 2022

As the Moon passes its first quarter, take a look at its dramatic features, like the Lunar X and Mare Imbrium’s “Golden Handle”

Southern Delta-Aquariids meteors peak on July 29, 2022 | SkyNews Canada
This Week’s Sky: July 25 to 31, 2022

The Moon reaches its new phase this week, leaving the night sky clear for the Southern Delta-Aquariids meteor shower peak on Friday.

Third quarter Moon on July 20, 2022 | SkyNews
This Week’s Sky: July 18 to 24, 2022

Watch this week as the Moon ages past its third quarter phase, passing Jupiter, Mars, Uranus and Taurus

Venus, July 2022 | SkyNews
Planets at a Glance: July 2022

While Mercury and Venus dive toward the Sun this month, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn grace the night skies

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A reindeer at Jotunheimen National Park in Norway. A reindeer bull features prominently in Sámi sky lore. | SkyNews
Sámi: Looking for lost elements of 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
Old Norse: Reading into ancient 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)
Orion: 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

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

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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