Here’s what you’ll find in the March/April 2015 issue of SkyNews.
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Bonus: 20th Anniversary Astronomy Poster
Included with this issue is a full-colour, double-sided poster illustrating the 20 greatest events of the past 20 years on one side and a glorious galaxy panorama on the reverse.
Exploring the Night Sky: Lunar Eclipse at Easter
A total lunar eclipse darkens the full Moon for western North America on Easter weekend. Venus climbs high into the west to shine in the evening sky for the first time since 2013.
Editor’s Report: Comet Brightens Winter Sky
Read about a comet that didn’t fizzle and about the upcoming exploration of Pluto and beyond.
Scoping the Sky: Beauty and the Beast
Strikingly unalike, the galaxies Messier 81 and Messier 82 form the most alluring galaxy pair in the heavens.
On the Moon: Lunar Opposites
The Moon’s phases reveal subtle and surprising insights into the solar system’s clockwork motions.
Wilderness Astronomer: Irving Nature Park
Saint John’s urban star park is New Brunswick’s ultimate ‘backyard astronomy’ destination.
Northern Lights: Hitchhiker’s Guide to a Comet
Late March 1970: Comet Bennett was entering our Canadian sky. I simply had to observe it, but that meant getting to a place in the sticks called the Quiet Site.
Other Worlds: Doubling Down on Dark Matter
A second generation of experiments is opening new windows on the search for dark matter.
Constellation Corner: Leo
One of the most prominent constellations in the zodiac.
On December 20 at 1:30 a.m., Calgary photographer Brett Abernethy saw this brilliant bolide meteor light up the night while he was taking a time exposure of a winter scene in Banff National Park. Abernethy instantly knew that he had the shot of a lifetime.