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Rare possible marker of life discovered on Venus

Astronomers have found evidence of phosphine gas in the cloud decks of Venus, which may be associated with the presence of life.

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Sky News This Week: September 16, 2020

In the news recently, the Canadian Space Agency named a new president, three stars mess up a planetary disc, and a new search for E.T. finds nothing so far.

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This Week’s Sky: September 14 to 20, 2020

See zodiacal light this week, visible in the dark new Moon sky. Later this week, look for Mercury near the crescent Moon.

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Education and evolution

Managing editor Allendria Brunjes talks about the changing world, and how the astronomy community can learn to adapt.

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This Week’s Sky: September 7 to 13, 2020

In This Week’s Sky, Mars starts a retrograde loop while Jupiter completes one. Neptune reaches opposition near Phi Aquarii, and a waning crescent Moon meets Venus.

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September 2020: Planets at a glance

Get ready for September’s night sky with this guide to the planets in our Solar System.

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This Week’s Sky: August 31 to September 6, 2020

This week, the Moon meets with Mars. The Red Planet will also experience a solstice and the start of its northern winter.

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Sky News This Week: August 26, 2020

In the news recently: dust caused Betelgeuse’s dimming, a weird dent in in Earth’s magnetic field, and Canadian tech sees action at an asteroid and on the ISS.

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This Week’s Sky: August 24 to 30, 2020

This week is excellent for lunar gazing as the Moon waxes and passes Jupiter and Saturn.

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This Week’s Sky: August 17 to 23, 2020

It’s a quiet week — but you can use the New Moon time to take a good look at the stars.

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Sky News This Week: August 12, 2020

Evidence builds for Ceres’ watery underground, a Milky Way-like galaxy is found in the young universe, and Mars might be a colder planet than imagined in its early history.

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This Week’s Sky: August 10 to 16, 2020

After the Perseids peak August 11-12, a double shadow transit on Jupiter and the crescent Moon passing close to Venus bring excitement to the weekend.

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This Week’s Sky: August 3 to 9, 2020

In this week’s sky, a Full Moon that wanes and meets Mars, and Comet NEOWISE passes close to Messier 53.

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