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Here’s what you’ll find in the July/August 2016 issue of SkyNews.

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2017 Total Eclipse Preview: Waiting for the Big One

Put yourself in the path of the Moon’s shadow for next year’s most exciting astronomical show.
Jay Anderson

Peering Into the Abyss: Seeing the Milky Way’s Dark Heart

Astronomers are on the brink of being able to see the black hole lurking at the centre of our galaxy.
Ivan Semeniuk

Beautiful Summer Double Stars

Even city observers can enjoy this selection of favourites.
David A. Rodger

Exploring the Night Sky: Mars and Saturn Share the Summer Sky

The two planets meet near Antares, while Venus and Jupiter pass oh so close.
Alan Dyer

Editor’s Report: The Joys Of Summer Stargazing

The season’s warm nights encourage you to sit back, relax and enjoy the real sky show.
Gary Seronik

Scoping The Sky: Bearing Down on the Serpent Bearer

The eastern shoulder of Ophiuchus has lots to offer binoculars and small telescopes.
Ken Hewitt-White

Wilderness Astronomer: Welcome to Night Sky National Park

After five years of searching for Canada’s best observing site, Peter has an epiphany.
Peter McMahon

On the Moon: First ‘Earthrise’ At 50

On August 23, 1966, a robotic explorer captured humankind’s first view of Earth from the Moon.
Gary Seronik

Cosmic Musings: Jupiter’s Amazing Shrinking Red Spot

You would think that 58 years of observing Jupiter would prepare me for anything.
Terence Dickinson

Constellation Corner: Ophiuchus

The giant summer constellation Ophiuchus the serpent bearer is the celestial physician.
Ken Hewitt-White

And much more!

Life on Mars?

Forty years after twin Viking landers sampled the Martian soil, the search for life on the red planet continues.
Ivan Semeniuk

2016 Mars Observing Guide

Don’t miss your chance to see the red planet at its best.
Alan Dyer

Summer 2016 Star Party Calendar

Dark night skies, telescope viewing and talks for backyard astronomers are the feature attractions at gatherings across Canada this summer.
Christine Kulyk

Constellation Corner: Draco

The skywatchers of Babylon were wary of the dragon that coiled around the axis of heaven.
Ken Hewitt-White

Exploring the Night Sky: Mercury in Transit, Mars and Saturn at Opposition

Mercury crosses the Sun for the first time since 2006, and Mars comes closer than it has since 2005.
Alan Dyer

On the Moon: How Blue the Moon?

The convoluted origins of a popular astronomical event can leave even lunaphiles puzzled.
Gary Seronik

Scoping the Sky: On the Edge in Coma Berenices

Comb through Berenice’s Hair to find the sky’s finest edge-on galaxy.
Ken Hewitt-White

Wilderness Astronomer: Lake Superior Provincial Park

A vast site with immense dark sky potential sits on the shore of the world’s biggest freshwater lake.
Peter McMahon

Northern Nights: One More Trip to the Soapbox

21 years . . . 127 essays . . . 90,000 words. Ken says it’s time for a change.
Ken Hewitt-White

And much more!

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