Here’s what’s inside the January/February 2016 issue of SkyNews.
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Top 10 Sky Sights For 2016
A rare transit of Mercury and a close approach of Mars highlight the year.
Pluto + Charon In High Resolution
New images reveal stunning detail on Pluto and its large moon.
Profile: A Rising Canadian Star
From a childhood interest in astronomy, a student embraces a career as a professional research astronomer using some of the world’s largest telescopes.
Gallery: Eclipse Pix
September’s total eclipse of the Moon was well observed across Canada.
Editor’s Report: Planetary Traffic Jam
A sequence of early-morning conjunctions attracted plenty of attention.
Exploring the Night Sky: Planets Parade in the Winter Dawn
Mercury, Venus, Mars and Saturn all appear in the early-morning sky performing a series of mutual meetings, some with the waning Moon.
Northern Nights: A Touch of Frost
Ken invokes a favourite poetic verse as part of his celestial season’s greeting.
Other Worlds: Probing the Secrets of Black Holes
A century after black holes were first theoretically suggested, our understanding of them should soon get a big boost.
Scoping the Sky: ‘Crystal Ball’ in Taurus
NGC1514, a shell of gas 800 light-years away, is small and very faint. Can we see it in a backyard telescope?
On The Moon: Lunar Layers of Time
Unravelling the Moon’s geologic history involves ingenious detective work and a handful of solid evidence.
Wilderness Astronomer: Old Man on His Back Ranch
How an astro-club road trip created Canada’s newest dark sky park.
Constellation Corner: Canis Major
Orion’s faithful hound plays near the snowy south horizon.