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Everything You Need To Know About The “Red Nova” Of 2022

What happens when two stars collide? Most of us probably aren’t aware of what occurs in the sky when such an amazing astrological event occurs. You probably haven’t seen two gigantic celestial bodies merge into each other. But we’ll all get the chance to see it in about five years. A team of researchers have been studying a specific star system for the last four years. The star system in question, KIC 9832227, stood out to the astronomers because of two particular stars. These two…

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Celebrate The December Solstice With SkyNews

Christmas is on the way, but before we celebrate that we can celebrate the December solstice. In case you didn’t know, the solstice will occur on December 21. For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, the solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. How does that happen? Read on to find out: What Happens During a Solstice? A solstice is an astronomical event caused by the Earth’s tilt on axis and its motion in orbit. The Earth is tilted…

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Astronomers Have Discovered The “Colour Of The Universe”

If there’s one thing you can guarantee a child will do when playing with a paint set, it’s mixing all the available colours together just to “see what happens.” We all did it, and no doubt children continue to do so, fueled by inquisitive desire. Astronomers have now pretty much done the same thing, just on a universal scale. By mixing together all of the colours that can be found in the universe, scientists have created the “colour of the universe.” Is the universe a…

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World’s Largest Radio Telescope Called FAST Unveiled

Scientists in Guizhou, China completed development of a Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) on September 25. It’s currently the world’s largest single-dish telescope and is also poised to bring in a new era of radio astronomy thanks to its size and the complication of the technology behind it. While FAST has its inauguration ceremony, scientists still have to debug the telescope, a process which may take as long as 3 years (or more) to complete. After that, teams from around the world will be…

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Closest Earth-Like Planet Found 4 Light Years Away

An international team of astronomers have recently found a rocky, Earth-like planet that orbits Proxima Centauri, our sun’s nearest neighbour. There are a few key differences between this planet, Proxima b, and Earth. For one, it’s one-twentieth the distance from its red dwarf star compared to the Earth’s distance from our sun, giving it a permanently orange sky. It also circles the star so quickly that a year only lasts 11 days. Even though its 4.22 light-years away, it’s the “closest potentially habitable planet ever…

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Read SkyNews To Understand The Wonders Of The Night Sky

For most of us, astronomy is a fascinating — but far-off — field of knowledge. We may look up at the night sky before we go to sleep, but few possess an actual in-depth understanding of what we are seeing. Sure, we can name the planets, but astronomical details and developments remain a mystery to most. But for those that are hoping to broaden their horizons and expand their knowledge of the intricacies of the night sky, an astronomy magazine like SkyNews — Canada’s magazine…

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What Mars Looks Like To A “Viking”

Looking to the skies for guidance, the ancient Nordic Vikings were rather accomplished seafarers through their knowledge of the sun and stars. But as surprisingly well-versed in astronomy as the Vikings were, they were never able to gaze upon celestial bodies quite like another set of “Vikings” did. No, I don’t mean another civilization of Vikings from humanity’s past, I am, of course, referring to the Viking program, a NASA initiative from the 1970s aimed at documenting Mars. Enacted in 1975, the Viking program consisted…

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Monumental Astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt Finally Gets Some National Recognition

Even if you’re not an astronomy buff, you know the name Edwin Hubble. You know the Hubble Space Telescope? Yeah, that’s him. After his discovery in 1923 of separate galaxies and a much larger universe based on his examination of the patch of light Andromeda, his name became synonymous with significant space exploration. What you probably don’t know is that there was someone else involved in this discovery that nobody talks about. Henrietta Swan Leavitt was a 19th century astronomer working at the Harvard College…

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Global Astronomy Month Takes Place Throughout April

Since Easter moved up to March this year, what is there to look forward to in April now, besides heaps of rain? Well, if you like peering into the sky or thinking about our place in the grand universe, then get ready for Global Astronomy Month, taking place throughout the entire month of April. Global Astronomy Month is the world’s largest celebration of astronomy and is organized by Astronomers Without Borders, a group that tries to bring the science and fun of outer space to…

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