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Mercury to shine in early April

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Mercury can be seen very low in the WNW in the evening twilight but will be lost by mid-month. Venus can be seen with difficulty very low in the E in the morning twilight. Mars will be very low in the W in the evening twilight but will be lost after mid-month. Jupiter will be ... Read More »

Talk on detecting exoplanets

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Mercury will be seen very low in the WNW in the evening twilight late in March, with difficulty. Venus will be very low in the W in the evening twilight but will be lost after twilight in mid month. Mars is very low in the W in the evening twilight and sets after dusk. Jupiter ... Read More »

Unique images of Saturn moons hoped for

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In September 1997 the Cassini spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral on a journey to Planet Saturn and a survey of the planets rings and atmosphere. On Sept. 17, 2017 and almost 20 years to the day, Cassini will run out of fuel and plunge into the planet’s thick mist. Scientists are hoping that on its ... Read More »

Looking up in 2017

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One of the most spectacular events of 2017 will be a Total Solar Eclipse on August 21.  As it is the night of the new moon and with a little help from the clouds it will be a major event on the calendar. I am sure that the Sunshine Coast Astronomy Club will be hosting ... Read More »

Mercury and Venus to hang in the southwest next month

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Mercury will be very low in the SW in the evening twilight but will be lost near the end of December. Venus is low in the SW in the evening twilight. Mars can be seen in the SSW after dark and sets in the WSW near 10pm. Jupiter rises in the E near 2am and ... Read More »

When the November clouds clear, there’s much to look at

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Mercury will be very low in the SW in the evening twilight near the end of November. Venus can be seen in the SW in the evening twilight. Mars will be in the SSW after dark and sets in the SSW near 10pm. Jupiter rises in the ESE near 4am. Saturn will be very low ... Read More »

Mercury in the morning; Venus in the evening

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Mercury will be low in the east in the morning twilight in October but will be lost near mid-month. Venus is very low in the evening twilight. Mars will be low in the SSW after dark and sets in the SW near 11pm. Jupiter is very low in the east in the morning twilight. Saturn ... Read More »

Astronomy poster winner announced

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This poster took first place in a contest for young people to promote astronomy on the Sunshine Coast. Entitled “Sleepers of Ephesus,” it was designed by Jessica Carroll, 14, of Roberts Creek, who won a telescope from the Royal Astronomical Society. Another telescope, for those under 10, was awarded to sisters Miyo, aged 5, and ... Read More »

Nearby planets to be flying low

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Mercury will be very low in the morning twilight after mid-September. Venus will be very low in the west south west in the evening twilight. Mars is low in the south south west after dark and sets in the south west near 11pm. Jupiter is not observable in September. Saturn is low in the south ... Read More »

Open invitation to ‘star party’

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Bring the family and join the Sunshine Coast Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for the Starlight Coast Star Party on Saturday, Aug. 20th, from 3pm to midnight at the Sunshine Coast Centre Observatory at Sechelt Airport. There will be club telescopes, an information booth with membership information, displays and astronomy related giveaways. ... Read More »

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