Perseus Galaxy Cluster by Howard Trottier
Perseus Galaxy Cluster (Howard Trottier)

January/February 2014 Issue

Top 10 celestial sIghts of 2014; stargazing at the Bay of Fundy, treasured in Perseus, prospects for Comet ISON and more.

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Top 10 Sky Sights

Two total eclipses of the Moon highlight the sky calendar for 2014. Alan Dyer

A New High-Sensitivity, Low-Noise Camera for Astronomy

Our tests of the Canon full-frame 6D digital SLR camera reveal astonishing astronomical capabilities using ISO 6400 and higher. Terence Dickinson

Jupiter Shines Bright in Gemini

All five planets are visible, but Jupiter steals the show, shining through the night amid the winter stars. Alan Dyer

Constellation Corner: Orion

He arrives with the snow and stays all winter. He is a harbinger of storms but appears only when the weather clears. Although he works at night, he’s easy to see. He’s huge and healthy and more than 2,500 years old. His name is Orion. Ken Hewitt-White

Prospects for Comet ISON

Comet ISON might be the brightest comet seen from Canada since 1997 (emphasis on ‘might’).Alan Dyer

Getting a Date on the Moon

It’s a common belief that the 382 kilograms of Moon rocks and dirt returned by the Apollo astronauts (and a trio of Russian Luna landers) settled every lunar mystery, including the ages of its craters, mountains and maria. Nothing could be further from the truth. Gary Seronik

Fundy Tides

Stargazing from one of Canada’s most iconic landscapes. Peter McMahon

Red Dwarf Stars Best Bet for Habitable Planets?

In the quest for life on other worlds, there are reasons to consider the most abundant population of stars. Ray Villard

Across the Middle of Perseus

The central portion of Perseus is loaded with celestial treasure. The area’s brightest star, 1.8-magnitude Mirphak, is an easy point of entry for deep-sky hunters. Ken Hewitt-White