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    Saskatchewan Skies
    By James Edgar
    James Edgar has had an interest in the night sky all his life. He joined the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in 2000 and is now editorís assistant and a contributor to Observerís Handbook, production manager of the bi-monthly RASC Journa and the societyís national secretary. He was given the RASC Service Award at the 2012 general assembly in Edmonton.

Lunar and solar eclipses in April

The moon is new March 30, so, as April opens, we see only a thin crescent in the west at sundown....

Two full moons in March

The moon is new March 1 and again March 30. Jupiter is five degrees away March 10. Full moon occurs ...

Venus is the Morning Star in February

The New moon was Jan. 30, so we see only a thin slice of lunar crescent in the west at sundown Feb. ...

Spot the gas giant in the daytime

The year begins with the moon right beside the sun ó new moon. Saturn and Mars are to the west,...

The moon hovers just above Saturn

The month begins with the moon just below Saturn (an occultation in the extreme south of...

Crescent moon hugs horizon with Venus

November opens with the moon only a couple of days away from its new phase, and therefore an early...

Mercury hugs horizon at sundown

The month begins with the thin crescent waning moon in the early morning sky next to Mars. New moon ...


Mars six degrees north of the moon

September opens with Mars only six degrees north of the moon in the eastern dawn, quickly followed...

Jupiter, Mars and Saturn line up Aug. 5

The moon and Jupiter will share the morning sky in Aug. 3, followed quickly by close encounters...

Lunar cycle a repeat from last month

July begins with the moon just past third quarter, and new moon is July 8. This is an exact repeat...

Close encounter for Venus and Mercury

The moon is at third-quarter phase, one week ahead of new moon June 8. Venus and Mercury are both...

Shallow eclipse of academic interest

The month opens with the moon at last quarter, meaning it is three-quarters of the way through its...



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