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An age-defying star called IRAS 19312+1950 stands out as extremely bright inside a large, chemically rich cloud of material, as shown in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

SkyNews Closure

After nearly 30 years, SkyNews is closing. Thank you for your continued support.

After nearly three decades, SkyNews Inc. shut down operations at the end of February 2023. Unfortunately, rising costs and declining advertising revenue mean that the magazine is no longer financially viable, even though the parent corporation, The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) has subsidized its operations for years. The March/April Issue of SkyNews is therefore the final issue that has been published.

While it is sad to say goodbye, we are proud of the content that has been published and of the community that supported the magazine for so many years. We hope that you, the reader, have enjoyed this content. Thank you for your enthusiasm and support.

I have a subscription to SkyNews. What are my options?

While the insolvency and shutdown of SkyNews Inc. means that it will be unable to fulfill the remainder of your subscription, the RASC would like to continue to nurture your love for the skies and thus would like to make an offer to you en lieu of the remainder of your subscription. Both of the following options will be prorated for the amount left unfulfilled in your current subscription:

Option 1: Conversion to a digital subscription to the Journal of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Option 2: Conversion to a credit toward an annual membership at The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

RASC is a not-for-profit charitable corporation devoted to the advancement of astronomy and related sciences. Our goal is to be Canada’s premier organization of amateur and professional astronomers. There are 30 local Centres of the Society across the country and we encourage people of all ages to learn about and enjoy astronomy. Full details of the benefits of RASC membership can be found at:

Emails with more information on the conversion process were sent to each subscriber. Subscribers with no emails should expect to receive letters shortly.

Once again, thank you for supporting SkyNews for many years.

Wishing you clear skies,

SkyNews Inc.