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Daily Astronomy Blurb: Leaving Earth

What it would look like to leave planet Earth? Such an event was recorded visually in great detail by the MESSENGER spacecraft as it swung back past the Earth, eight years ago, on its way in toward the planet Mercury. Earth can be seen rotating in this time-lapse video, as it recedes into the distance. The sunlit half of Earth is so bright that background stars are not visible. The robotic MESSENGER spacecraft is now in orbit around Mercury and has recently concluded the first complete map of the surface. On occasion, MESSENGER has continued to peer back at its home world. MESSENGER is one of the few things created on the Earth that has left and will never return -- at the end of its mission MESSENGER will be crashed into Mercury's surface.
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Don't forget there is a monthly meeting this coming Sunday evening, 7-9 p.m., at Wilmot Community Centre (off Water East behind the Needs convenience / Shell gas outlet. ... See MoreSee Less

Don't forget the BBQ / Perseid (weather permitting) evening at the Nangreaves' in Bedeque, on Sunday. John says anytime after three. ... See MoreSee Less

Don't forget the dinner with Texas-based astronomy outreach enthusiasts, planned for Gentleman Jim's on Granville Street at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31.
Bring your friends, partners, or even the astronomy-enthralled homeless folk you meet on the way to dinner.
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So, a bit of a shout-out from CBC weatherman Jay Scotland drew a few new observers to the weekly Baywalk public astronomy session last week... even if it did happen on a Thursday rather than the regular night. At least a few people got to add the International Space Station to their observation experiences!
Being a city location, viewing is limited, but the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and a few other objects do have their value.
Don't forget, members of Athena Community Astronomy Club set up by the kiosk at the Shipyard on Wednesday evenings after sunset, WHEN the sky is mainly clear and the wind is not too affecting.
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