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Comet Leonard in the east on December 9, 2021, pre-dawn | SkyNews
This Week’s Sky: December 6 to 12, 2021

It’s an eventful week — the Moon meets Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune, while Comet Leonard graces pre-dawn skies.

Subs and Stars, Lesson 4. | SkyNews
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Register for the fourth session of Subs and Stars, an eight-part instructional online series that teaches people how astrophotos are built and edited.

Venus, December 2021. | SkyNews
Planets at a Glance: December 2021

From toasty Mercury to frozen Neptune, view all the planets in our Solar System this month

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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?

Comet Leonard passes Messier 3 on December 3, 2021. | SkyNews
This Week’s Sky: November 29 to December 5, 2021

Comet Leonard appears near Messier 3, a crescent Moon meets Mars and the Southern Hemisphere sees a solar eclipse

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.

See the Andromeda Galaxy on November 26, 2021 | SkyNews
This Week’s Sky: November 22 to 28, 2021

This week’s new Moon means it’s an excellent time for deep-sky gazing. Also, look for dwarf planet Ceres at opposition.

VDB 152 by Chris Parfett. | SkyNews
vdB 152 by Chris Parfett

Chris Parfett’s image of vdB 152 wins the Photo of the Week title on September 10, 2021.

Andromeda Galaxy by Roger Menard. | SkyNews
Andromeda Galaxy by Roger Menard

Roger Menard wins the Photo of the Week title on September 3, 2021, for his image of the popular Andromeda Galaxy.

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The Coathanger asterism, also known as Brocchi's Cluster and Collinder 399, is located in Vulpecula. | SkyNews
Summer night sightseeing: The Coathanger, Tweedledee and Tweedledum

Take a tour of the summer night sky, through the Coathanger asterism, as well as the Tweedledee and Tweedledum clusters.

Michael Watson took this image of the eclipse from Oakville, Ontario, at 5:56 a.m. EDT. He used a * 1253mm focal length telescope. | SkyNews
Photos of the solar eclipse: June 10, 2021

A beautiful eclipse greeted northern and eastern Canadians as they woke up on June 10, 2021. Here’s what our readers saw.

A diagram of Venus, June 2021. | Astronomy news & night sky events | SkyNews
Planets at a glance: June 2021

Jupiter and Saturn will start rising before midnight this month, while Mars and Venus start to spend more time in evening twilight.

The Lunar X (and V)
Lunar X marks the spot

What is the Lunar X? Learn more about this lunar phenomenon and when you can see it on the Moon.

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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