November/December 2021

Current Issue

Taken in April 2020, this images shows the James Webb Space Telescopes’s 6.5-metre primary mirror in the configuration it will have when in space. | SkyNews
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Fresh look at the Universe

After years of delays, the James Webb Space Telescope is poised to launch. What new worlds can we hope to see through it?

Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn captured this image of Moai on a rainy night on Easter Island’s Anakena Beach in January 2019.
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Lofty heights

Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn has travelled the world in search of skyscapes.

The cover of the fourth edition of The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide by Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer. | SkyNews
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Backyards to books

Chris Vaughan reviews the newest edition of The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide.

The iconic red chairs of Parks Canada, here at frozen Two Jack Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, under the moonlit winter sky on March 18, 2019. Orion and Canis Major are positioned over Mount Rundle to the south, Sirius is the bright star over Rundle and the gibbous Moon lights the scene from the frame’s edge. (Alan Dyer) | SkyNews
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Cold clues

Nicole Mortillaro has tips for staying warm while stargazing in winter weather.

A meteor streaks over Upper Kananaskis Lake, Alberta, on August 13, 2021. (Brian Browning) | SkyNews
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Perseid trek

Eight hikers went on an adventure to catch some meteors.

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Season’s sights

Holiday treats for both cameras and eyes.

Pictured from Strathmore, Alberta, the lunar eclipse on December 21, 2010, was about eight minutes from totality when this picture was taken at about 12:32 a.m. MST. At peak, the Moon will be 97-per- cent eclipsed on November 18-19 this year. (Alan Dyer) | SkyNews
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Year-end events

Stay up and see the late shows as 2021 closes.

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Garage sale telescopes

Revamp your fixer-upper with these tips.

The world known as GJ 357d is part of a three-planet system located 31 light- years away. With a mass that is more than six times that of Earth, it could be a rocky planet with a gaseous atmosphere that maintains habitable temperatures. The system is a prime target for the Pandora mission, a project that aims to better characterize nearby worlds. (Jack Madden/Cornell University) | SkyNews
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Unfolding science

What kind of exoplanets exist? Ivan Semeniuk explains how Canadians are searching for answers