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March/April 2016

Here’s what’s inside the March/April 2016 issue of SkyNews.

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Exploring the Night Sky: Jupiter Rules the Night

The king of the planets shines bright in the evening sky, while Mercury is at its best for 2016.
Alan Dyer

Editor’s Report: Viewing Earth From Afar

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captures vibrant Earth above cratered, lifeless lunar landscape.
Terence Dickinson

Other Worlds: A Trace of Methane on Mars

An ESA-led mission designed to help unravel a persistent Martian mystery is due to launch this March.
Ivan Semeniuk

Northern Nights: Delights at Dawn

With a writing assignment due, Ken sets his alarm for the wee hours.
Ken Hewitt-White

On the Moon: The Moon’s Greatest Hit

If you’re wondering what the biggest feature on the lunar near side is, look no further than Mare Imbrium.
Gary Seronik

Wilderness Astronomer: McDonald Park

Vancouver’s down-the-road dark sky preserve.
Peter McMahon

Scoping the Sky: Getting Ahead of Hydra

It’s early spring, and Hydra has returned. Unfortunately for urban stargazers, most of the celestial water snake is submerged in light pollution.
Ken Hewitt-White

Perseids on the Run

A dedicated team of Ottawa meteor observers hit the road in a car filled with camera gear and high hopes.
Pierre Martin

Constellation Corner: Corvus and Crater

Most mythological characters were elevated to the sky as a reward. Not so, the poor old crow.
Ken Hewitt-White

And more!

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