Fans of our fair planet might recognize the outlines of these cosmic clouds. On the left, bright emission outlined by dark, obscuring dust lanes seems to trace a continental shape, lending the popular name North America Nebula to the emission region cataloged as NGC 7000. To the right, just off the North America Nebula’s east […]
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This helmet-shaped cosmic cloud with wing-like appendages is popularly called Thor’s Helmet.
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Interacting galaxies are understood to be common - in fact, repeated galaxy encounters can ultimately result in a merger of one single galaxy.
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This recently released image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows long filaments of dust and gas appearing to circle a supermassive black hole.
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July 2015: Picture of the Month

July 31, 2015
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pluto and charon

With the recent Pluto flyby earlier on this month, come the extraordinary photos of Pluto and Charon (not to mention the countless amount of data collected). Above is a portrait of Pluto (left) and Charon (right). The size, separation, color and orientations of Pluto and Charon are approximated in this image.

For a better look at Pluto, click HERE.

For a better look at Charon, click HERE.

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Star Talk: The Night Sky in Ancient Egypt

March 8, 2015
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ASX will be holding our monthly Star Talk on March 19 at 8pm. The speaker is Sarah Symons, Assistant Professor at McMaster University. The talk will be given in McLennan Physical Labs (60 St George Street). The room is number 103 on the first floor. This is a FREE event and open for all ages.

Sarah Symons is a member of faculty at McMaster University, in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. She is part of the design and instructional team for Integrated Science (known as iSci), a four-year undergraduate degree program combining all areas of science and taught through research. She is also Director of the William J. McCallion Planetarium in Hamilton, a small dome which hosts a different topic and live presentation each week. Her main research area is ancient Egyptian astronomy.

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