The New Year opens with the Moon at first quarter, and, a day later, it hangs right by Jupiter in the southern evening sky. The Moon is full on the 9th; hard by Mars in the early morning sky on 14th; 2 degrees away from the bright star, Spica, on the 16th; 6 degrees north of Saturn that same morning; 7 degrees south of Venus in the western evening sky on the 25th; and back to 5 degrees away from Jupiter again on the 30th. Mercury is visible in the southeastern dawn in the early part of the month. The speedy planet is the subject of close scrutiny from NASA’s Messenger spacecraft, which is the first to orbit Mercury. Much solid science is being learned from the information radioed back to Earth.
James Edgar made the movie below from a series of images taken from his driveway in Mellville Saskatchewan on December 10th.
Last Updated on Sunday, 11 December 2011 10:52
December 2 Meeting Announcment
Written by Site Administrator
Tuesday, 29 November 2011 20:16
This is reminder that our next meeting will be December 2nd 7:30 in the Science Centre's theatre. Bring your family and friends!
We will be watching a movie called Seeing In The Dark. Following the movie, we will have 15 min presentations from Risa Horowitz on some recent photographs she captured and Chris Beckett will present on the Deep-Sky Gems observing certificate.
When the presentations are finished, we will take a short break and then reconvene for the club meeting and follow the attached agenda. The presentation will be 7:30 - 8:30 with the club meeting following after.
The executive would ask that you submit any motions 3 weeks prior to the meeting, this will give us an opportunity to prepare.
Last evening James Edgar was visiting a neighbor in Mellville SK when he noticed this beautiful pairing and quickly grabbed his camera before this celestial duo dropped into the trees. At the same time Mike O'Brien noticed the paid while standing on the bank of Wascana Creek in Regina. Both observers commented on the remarkably transparent sky.