From telescopes to home decor, here are some gift ideas for night sky fiends, whether they celebrate a winter holiday or not. (Annie Spratt)
2020 SkyNews astronomer’s gift guide

Suggested by the SkyNews team, here’s a range of celestial gifts for the space aficionado in your life.

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The Bat Nebula, edited by Jeff Dutton, using data from the RASC Robotic Telescope.
The ‘Bat’ came back

Jeff Dutton won the RASC Robotic Telescope editing contest for October 2020, with his ghoulish edit of the Bat Nebula.

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This Week’s Sky: November 23 to 29, 2020

Watch the Moon this week as it passes near Mars. At the start of next week, look for a penumbral lunar eclipse.

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Following the falcon

As Hayabusa2 heads back home, two Canadians talk about their epic trek to see Hayabusa’s re-entry in 2010

November 2020: Planets at a glance

November offers excellent opportunities to view Moon-planet pairings, as well as Mercury in the eastern pre-dawn sky.

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Sky News This Week: November 18, 2020

A SpaceX spacecraft brings four astronauts into space, Europa may have less life-friendly origins for its famous water plumes, and “GoldenEye” observatory is facing more trouble.

This Week’s Sky: November 16 to 22, 2020

This week, look for the peak of the Leonids Meteor Shower, variable star Algol’s minimum, and a pretty meetup between Jupiter, Saturn and the crescent Moon.

The Canadian Space Agency wants your feedback

The Canadian Space Agency is looking for feedback on the country’s future in space exploration

This Week’s Sky: November 9 to 15, 2020

A meteor shower, planets pairing with the crescent Moon, a dark new-Moon sky for stargazing — this week, what more could you want?

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Sky News This Week: November 5, 2020

In the news: Scientists spot a likely free-floating planet, the Canadian Space Agency asks for feedback on future exploration, and fresh data from a dead comet mission reveals cappuccino-like ice.

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This Week’s Sky: November 2 to 8, 2020

The Moon passes the Shoe-Buckle Cluster and the Bull’s face as it wanes through the week.

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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.

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Comet NEOWISE dims to binocular object

Comet NEOWISE is headed on its way out of our Solar System, fading from our skies.

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Comet NEOWISE climbs higher in evening sky

Comet NEOWISE’s trajectory will bring it closest to the Earth July 22.

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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