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.
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.
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.
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.
Scoping The Sky: Bearing Down on the Serpent Bearer
The eastern shoulder of Ophiuchus has lots to offer binoculars and small telescopes.
Wilderness Astronomer: Welcome to Night Sky National Park
After five years of searching for Canada’s best observing site, Peter has an epiphany.
On the Moon: First ‘Earthrise’ At 50
On August 23, 1966, a robotic explorer captured humankind’s first view of Earth from the Moon.
Cosmic Musings: Jupiter’s Amazing Shrinking Red Spot
You would think that 58 years of observing Jupiter would prepare me for anything.
Constellation Corner: Ophiuchus
The giant summer constellation Ophiuchus the serpent bearer is the celestial physician.
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.
2016 Mars Observing Guide
Don’t miss your chance to see the red planet at its best.
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.
Constellation Corner: Draco
The skywatchers of Babylon were wary of the dragon that coiled around the axis of heaven.
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.
On the Moon: How Blue the Moon?
The convoluted origins of a popular astronomical event can leave even lunaphiles puzzled.
Scoping the Sky: On the Edge in Coma Berenices
Comb through Berenice’s Hair to find the sky’s finest edge-on galaxy.
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.
Northern Nights: One More Trip to the Soapbox
21 years . . . 127 essays . . . 90,000 words. Ken says it’s time for a change.
And much more!