September/October 2022

Current Issue

This is the first image of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy. It’s the first direct visual evidence of the presence of this black hole. | SkyNews
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Eyeing the Milky Way's monster

For the first time, scientists have imaged Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy. Here’s a look at what that means — and how Canadians are helping push research forward.

Canadarm3 will play a major role in the upcoming Artemis program, continuing a lineage of Canadian space robotics and engineering. | SkyNews
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Lending an arm

Canada’s continuing legacy with Canadarm3, a major assist in the Artemis program, is serving as a bridge taking Canucks into space.

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Crater capers

Take a look at the Moon this season, with short stories and images of our rocky companion.

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Fun with filters

Adding the right filter can make a big improvement to your astrophotos at a relatively modest cost.

Sunspots at 8:02 p.m. on April 25, 2022. Taken from Seven Persons in Cypress County, Alberta. | SkyNews
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Capturing sunspots

As sunspot activity increases on our closest star, imagers Kimberly and Laurie Sibbald detail two different ways to capture the phenomenon.

The Deer Lick Group NGC 7331 and its distant background galaxies. 0.5 degrees field of view, with north to right. | SkyNews
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Autumn galaxies take flight

The stars of winged Pegasus host some fine lesser-known galaxies that will please both visual observers and astroimagers

The northern autumn sky and Milky Way rising in the east, plus Jupiter, in Aries on September 20, 2011, from Strathmore, Alberta. Brightening in the sky at right mid-sky is the Gegenschein. | SkyNews
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Jupiter and Neptune at opposition

Look for bright planets, an occultation, and a meteor shower in the early autumn skies.

The pair of planetary nebulae HFG1 and Abell 6 is incredibly difficult to image, let alone image well. But this year’s Photo of the Year win- ner Dan Kusz managed to capture the pair beautifully. | SkyNews
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Photos of the Year

From hundreds of submissions, here are 2022’s top astroimages.