Comet E3 ZTF Close to Zeta Aurigae the evening of February 6. (Chris Vaughan) | SkyNews
Comet E3 ZTF Close to Zeta Aurigae the evening of February 6. (Chris Vaughan)
This Week’s Sky: January 30-February 6

The long-period comet designated C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is predicted to become bright enough to be seen by Northern Hemisphere skywatchers on February 1.

An artist's illustration of how a black hole can devour a bypassing star. (NASA, ESA, Leah Hustak (STScI)) | SkyNews
An artist's illustration of how a black hole can devour a bypassing star. (NASA, ESA, Leah Hustak (STScI))
Black hole shreds wayward star

The gorging was spotted on March 1, 2022, in a galaxy 300 million light years away.

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft (NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Southwest Research Institute/Dan Durda) | SkyNews
New Horizons begins another Kuiper Belt mission

This new phase is called the second Kuiper Extended Mission, or KEM2.

Earth-size planet TOI 700 e, with Earth-size sibling TOI 700 d in the distance. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Robert Hurt) | SkyNews
Earth-size exoplanet confirmed in star’s habitable zone

TOI 700 e is nearly as big as Earth, likely rocky, and has a 28-day orbit around an M dwarf star located 100 light-years away in the constellation Dorado.

Malcolm-Loro
Crescent/Soap Bubble Nebula by Malcolm Loro

Malcolm Loro’s image won him Photo of the Week for Dec. 3-9, 2022, and Dale Boan gets an honourable mention.

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(NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona) | SkyNews
Canada prepares for asteroid sample return

Bits of asteroid Bennu will parachute back to Earth from space later this year, on Sept. 24, 2023.

The image captures the long ion tail of Comet C/2022 E3 ZTF in the night sky as it flies past the Coronae Borealis constellation. The data was acquired remotely via Telescope Live at the IC Astronomy Observatory site in Spain. (Soumyadeep Mukherjee). | SkyNews
‘Stone Age’ comet begins closest approach to Earth

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF)’s trajectory shows that it last flew by Earth roughly 50,000 years ago.

Bill Batchelor’s supernova remnant and SH2-216. | SkyNews
Supernova remnant and SH2-216, by Bill Batchelor

Bill Batchelor won Photo of the Week for the period of Jan. 7-13, 2023.

Steve Leonard’s
The Wizard Nebula, by Steve Leonard

Steve Leonard won Photo of the Week for the period of Dec. 31, 2022 to Jan. 6, 2023.

A picture of Québec, Canada, which was taken by David Saint-Jacques during his space mission.(Canadian Space Agency/NASA) | SkyNews
Canada to promote commercial space launch industry

The federal government plans to develop a new regulatory framework for this emerging sector.

Mars in 2022 Opposition by Oleg Bouevitch | SkyNews
Mars in Opposition, by Oleg Bouevitch

Oleg Bouevitch won Photo of the Week for Dec. 24-30, 2022, and Kimberly Sibbald’s “Noctilucent Clouds with Aurora” received an honourable mention.

Explore the current issue

vol 29 January/February 2023 issue of SkyNews
January/February 2023 | SkyNews
  • 01. Top 10 sky events of 2023
  • 02. Artemis missions an opportunity for Canada
  • 03. In search of hidden treasures
  • 04. Venus emerges in the evening sky
  • 05. Winter bino tour

Observing

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Top 10 sky events of 2023

Three major meteor showers, including the Perseids, arrive with the Moon mostly out of the way this year.

Satellite trails, May 19, 2021. | SkyNews
More satellites, more problems

The number of active satellites in orbit (as of November 4, 2022 at 16:05:27 UTC) is 6,843 — 3,273 of which are Starlink units, up from 1,655 on September 1, 2021.

A time-lapse photograph taken by astronomer Robert Weryk near his home in London, Ontario. (Robert Weryk, NASA). | SkyNews
All eyes on Ontario’s bright fireball

Astronomers and NASA had their eye on 2022 WJ1, a small asteroid on a collision course with Earth.

Illustration of MAVEN spacecraft in orbit of Mars. (NASA) | SkyNews
MAVEN eyes two types of aurorae above Mars

NASA’s MAVEN observed two different types of ultraviolet aurorae simultaneously.

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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