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Author Archives: Scott Young

Satellites in a train

Winnipeg residents have been reporting some unusual sightings in the night sky over the past few days. Bright star-like objects have been seen moving across the sky, following each other in a train. Sometimes half a dozen or more of them are visible at the same time. What are these? Unfortunately, they won’t be “unusual” for very long. These are the StarLink satellites, launched by Elon Musk’s Space-X to deliver…

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A total eclipse… of Mars?

This month brings skywatchers a rare sight: a total eclipse of the red planet Mars by our Moon. The event is visible across much of North America, and is the only event of its kind all year. As the Moon orbits our planet, it gets in the way of all sorts of other celestial objects that are farther away. When the moon blocks out the sun, we call it a…

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Manitoba Skies for January 2020

This winter hasn’t been as cold as usual for Manitoba, so it’s a great time to get out and see what the January sky has to offer. Check out our Current Night Sky page for information on celestial events visible in the Manitoba skies. You can read the full article here. If you’d like some in-depth help on becoming a backyard astronomer, there’s still space in our Introduction to Skywatching…

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Possible meteor outburst – November 21, 2019

Thursday, November 20, 2019 may provide a rare meteor outburst – but only for a few minutes. The annual Monocerotid meteor shower normally produces about 1 or 2 meteors per hour – and that’s if the sky is dark with no moon. It’s not something some skywatchers would even bother to put on the calendar. In the last couple of decades, however, astronomers have begun to understand meteor showers in…

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What’s Up in November’s Sky

November brings several minor meteor showers and a chance to see all five planets visible to the unaided eye. There’s also a rare transit of Mercury and a spectacular conjunction of the two brightest planets. Discover it all in the Manitoba Museum’s Manitoba Skies update for November 2019, contributed by Science Communicator Leigh McKinnon.

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September Skies

September is a great month for stargazing. The nights are long enough that it gets dark at a reasonable time, and yet we can still see the summer constellations and Milky Way in the early evening. See what celestial sights are in store this September at the Manitoba Museum’s Manitoba Skies sky update.

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August 2019 Sky Update available

The Sky Update for August 2019 is posted. You can find it at the Planetarium’s current night sky page. You’ll learn about pioneering astronomer Maria Mitchell, find out how to see the planets, and learn how and when t see the annual Perseid meteor shower!

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Manitoba Skies for April 2019

April showers bring May flowers, it’s said, but hopefully we’ll have a few shower-free nights this month, because there are lots of interesting sights to see in the sky! Staff contributor and Science Communicator Len Van Roon lays out the celestial events for the month in the latest edition of Manitoba Skies! Find out what to expect from the Lyrid meteor shower, and find out what smartphone apps Len uses…

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Manitoba Skies – March 2019

MANITOBA SKIES – March 2019 Contributed by Kevin Mogk, Science Content Creator March will see the spring constellations take prominence in the evening sky and a number of planets can be caught in the early evening or pre dawn skies. Mars will be visible in the west after sunset; while Jupiter, Saturn and Venus will be visible in the east before sunrise. The Vernal Equinox will also take place on the 20th…

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Manitoba Skies – November 2018

November’s night sky features our last views of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in the evening, but the reappearance of Venus in the predawn sky. Read all about it, as well as the annual Leonid meteor shower, at our Manitoba Skies page.

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