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Daily Astronomy Blurb: Venus and the Pleiades in April

Venus is currently the brilliant evening star. Shared around world, in tonight's sky Venus will begin to wander across the face of the lovely Pleiades star cluster. This digital sky map illustrates the path of the inner planet as the beautiful conjunction evolves, showing its position on the sky over the next few days. The field of view shown is appropriate for binocular equipped skygazers but the star cluster and planet are easily seen with the naked-eye. As viewed from our fair planet, Venus passed in front of the stars of the Seven Sisters 8 years ago, and will again 8 years hence. In fact, orbiting the Sun 13 Venus years are almost equal to 8 years on planet Earth. So we can expect our sister planet to visit nearly the same place in our sky every 8 years.
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Vanishing & Appearing Sources during a Century of ObservationsVASCO is starting up the citizen science project. We are currently in the early phase of testing our web interface and the performance of the project design.

Everybody are welcome to help us in our searches for vanishing stars. Join the citizen science project at

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Due to COVID-19 best practices, the City of Summerside has placed its community spaces off limits to users until furhter notice.
As such, the ACAC will NOT have its monthly meetings until such time as the Wilmot Community Centre reopens.
This includes the March 29 meeting, which is rescheduled for a future month.
Stay tuned... and practice astronomy at home in the meantime!
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Just one more reason to get out of bed early.

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
What's up in the March sky?

If you're up early, you'll want to go out and look toward the east to catch a lovely grouping of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. This month, you can also get a closer look at Sirius (aka the Dog Star) which is a blue-white star, about twice as massive as our Sun.

Sky charts and more info are available at go.nasa.gov/3aqvJmJ
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Thanks, Ken. Your involvement is always appreciated.
Interested in going back for the Kensington Sparks and Brownies Girl Guide units?The Kensington Beavers and Cubs did a night of Star Gazing. Ken Williams, a member from Athena Community Astronomy Club, came out to show us how to use a telescope (you can actually sign out the telescope from the Summerside Rotary Library). We saw Venus and the Big Dipper as well as a Nebula.
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CosmosNext stop on the Ship of the Imagination: Possible Worlds. The new season of COSMOS premieres Monday at 8/7c on National Geographic. ... See MoreSee Less

ACAC February meeting upcoming this Sunday, 23rd, at the regular time, 7 - 9 p.m., at Wilmot Community Centre on Gillespie Avenue.
Pierre will be chairing the meeting, Michael will be dissecting the March Sky Calendar, John will provide the opportunity for revelation during Open Viewing, Pierre will outline the southern constellations Musca and Crux, John will be providing the Words list as well as denoting the differences between naked eye and camera observing, and there will be a few videos on a variety of topics to round out the schedule.
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