From our vantage point in the Milky Way Galaxy, we see NGC 3344 face-on. Nearly 40,000 light-years across, the big, beautiful spiral galaxy is located just 20 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo Minor. This multi-color Hubble Space Telescope close-up of NGC 3344 includes remarkable details from near infrared to ultraviolet wavelengths. The […]
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Colourful star trails arc through the night in this wide-angle mountain and skyscape. From a rotating planet, the digitally added consecutive exposures were made with a camera fixed to a tripod and looking south, over northern Iran’s Alborz Mountain range. The stars trace concentric arcs around the planet’s south celestial pole, below the scene’s rugged […]
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Last week, a car orbited the Earth. The car, created by humans and robots on the Earth, was launched by the SpaceX Company to demonstrate the ability of its Falcon Heavy Rocket to place spacecraft out in the Solar System. Purposely fashioned to be whimsical, the iconic car was thought a better demonstration object than […]
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Happy New Year everybody! To begin the year we’re doing something a little different. This month’s image is taken by Afsheen Rane, an amateur astronomer at University of Toronto. Photographed is the Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42) which is around 1300 light years away from Earth. Its brightness allows it to be visible […]
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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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Star Talk: Cosmology, Cell Phones, and Video Games

September 19, 2015
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star_talk_sept_2015Welcome back to a new school year! We will be continuing our monthly ASX’s Star Talk on September 24th at 8pm. Our speaker is Keith Vanderlinde, an Assistant Professor at the Dunlap Institute and Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto.

Prof. Keith Vanderlinde has spent the last decade building and using telescopes to study the Universe: its composition, history, and eventual fate. Aided by technologies that make cell phones possible, and which make video games a staple of modern culture, he and colleagues from across Canada are building a massive new radio telescope in Penticton, B.C., which will map a larger volume of space than ever attempted before.

After the talk, join us for a night of stargazing. Our targets: the Moon and M13, the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules.

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August 2015: Picture of the Month

September 1, 2015
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CygnusCrescent_Swift_6023Taken by Paul C. Swift, this image spans 6 degrees and captures the beautiful landscape that lies along the plane of the Milky Way and the center of the northern constellation Cygnus the Swan. Notable celestial objects in this featured image are the bright supergiant star Gamma Cygni (at the upper left), IC 1318 (popularly known as the Butterfly Nebula, located to the left of Gamma Cygni – can you find it?), and NGC 6888 (the Crescent Nebula, located at the lower right).

For the original post, click HERE.

For more of Paul C. Swift’s photos, click HERE.

 

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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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