The Sun experienced an annular eclipse as it set a little west of Cedar City, Utah, on May 20, 2012. This image is of its partial phase.| SkyNews
The Sun setting during the partial phase of an annular eclipse. (Don Hladiuk)
Annular eclipse: June 10, 2021

How can you see this summer’s solar eclipse in Canada? What is an annular eclipse, anyway? SkyNews has the details here.

Looking for a new telescope, but don't know where to begin? Here are some starting points. (Danil Nevsky/Stocksy)
Scopes for starters

Buying a scope and the appropriate accessories can seem like a daunting task for beginners. Here’s a starter’s guide.

These images were taken during the total lunar eclipse September 27, 2015. Taras Rabarsky shot from the St. Lawrence Valley area using an 8-inch f/10 SCT with 0.63× focal reducer and a Canon EOS T2i camera attached to it in direct projection mode. The exposures varied from 1/320 second at ISO 200 during the shadow’s ingress to 2.0 seconds at ISO 1600 during totality. | SkyNews
These images were taken during the total lunar eclipse September 27, 2015. Taras Rabarsky shot from the St. Lawrence Valley area using an 8-inch f/10 SCT with 0.63× focal reducer and a Canon EOS T2i camera attached to it in direct projection mode. The exposures varied from 1/320 second at ISO 200 during the shadow’s ingress to 2.0 seconds at ISO 1600 during totality.
Lunar eclipse: May 26, 2021

What is a lunar eclipse? Why does the Moon turn red? Learn more about this celestial event, visible from western Canada, and how to photograph it.

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A diagram showing the Moon passing Mars, April 16, 2021. | SkyNews
This Week’s Sky: April 12 to 18, 2021

The waxing crescent Moon is the “star” of the week, passing by Taurus, Mars and Messier 35.

What is quantum tunnelling?

The creative answer to that question won an Alberta teen $400,000 in education prizes in an international science video competition.

A diagram of Venus, April 2021. | SkyNews
Planets at a glance: April 2021

While Jupiter draws farther away from Saturn, the Moon will pass the two April 6-7. Speedy Mercury will also pass by bright Venus on April 25.

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Warren Finlay took this picture of the Saturn-Jupiter conjunction by one of his ice sculptures on December 16, 2021. | SkyNews
Saturn-Jupiter conjunction by Warren Finlay

Warren Finlay’s picture of “The Hand of Adam” pointing at Saturn-Jupiter nearing their Great Conjunction won Photo of the Week on December 25, 2020.

A diagram showing Mercury moving past Venus on April 24, 2021. | SkyNews
This Week’s Sky: April 19 to 25, 2021

The Moon waxes to its quarter phase and passing by the Beehive. The Lyrids Meteor Shower peaks, and Mercury moves past Venus. 

This artist’s illustration displays the scientific capabilities of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. | SkyNews
Canada is on board for James Webb Space Telescope

In Sky News This Week: Ten Canadians have been selected to lead teams that to use the James Webb Space Telescope.

Daniel Borcard's image shows pictures of Mars to scale as the planet approached and moved away from Earth. The upper-left hand image was taken June 17, 2020, circling around to the centre-right image, taken November 9, 2020.
Mars gallery and map by Daniel Borcard

Shooting from Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan, Québec, Daniel Borcard stunned the panel with his Mars gallery and self-produced map, winning Photo of the Week on December 18, 2020.

Zodiacal light over La Silla
How do I see the zodiacal light?

How to see the zodiacal light, interplanetary dust and debris that lights up when the Sun hits it at just right an

Don Hladiuk imaged the Sun as it set a little west of Cedar City, Utah, on May 20, 2012. | SkyNews
How to photograph a solar eclipse

Here are a few simple photography tips from eclipse chaser Don Hladiuk on keeping your eyes safe and capturing a great digital memory.

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A diagram of galaxies visible in Boötes. | SkyNews
Great April galactic adventures

Trek through Leo and Boötes this spring to find a treasure trove of galaxies hidden in plain sight.

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March 2021: Planets at a glance

This month, the old crescent Moon passes south of the pre-dawn planets from March 9-11, and Mars moseys between the Hyades and Pleiades.

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Aurora Watch: See the northern lights in Canada

Will you see the northern lights tonight? Find out using these tips and tools.

‘Running’ the Messier marathon

It’s one all-nighter, 110 objects, and a pretty awesome feather for any visual astronomer’s cap. Here are some tips on running the Messier marathon.

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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