Astronomy

This image released by the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, Thursday, May 12, 2022, shows a black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. The Milky Way black hole is called Sagittarius A*, near the border of Sagittarius and Scorpius constellations. It is 4 million times more massive than our sun. The image was made by eight synchronized radio telescopes around the world. (Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration via AP)

Astronomers capture 1st image of Milky Way’s huge black hole

‘It burbled and gurgled as we looked at it’

 

Kim Venn at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in 2022. (Courtesy of UVic Photo Services)

B.C.-led astronomy team discovers traces of the universe’s first stars

Metal-poor cluster on outer edge of Milky Way galaxy a grouping of ancient stars

 

Briefly seen over a road in Kent, Wash., this fireball was seen in multiple places in B.C., including Agassiz, Abbotsford and Peachland. The event was seen on Tuesday, April 26, between 8:45 p.m. and 9:05 p.m. (Screenshot/AMS)

VIDEO: ‘Fireball’ blazes across Fraser Valley night sky

Witnesses reported event as far north as Kamloops and as far south as Portland

 

Venus and Jupiter appear close together in the sky during a conjunction. (Wikimedia Commons)

Venus Jupiter conjunction this weekend kicks off a 5-day show in the skies

Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn will be visible, plus a meteor shower next week

Venus and Jupiter appear close together in the sky during a conjunction. (Wikimedia Commons)
An asteroid that circles our sun on a wide orbit between the planets of Mars and Jupiter is now named after Skookum Jim Mason, the Tagish adventurer and prospector who helped kick off the Klondike Gold Rush. (Pixabay Image)

Distant asteroid now bears Tagish adventurer Skookum Jim’s name

The renaming of the asteroid comes from a suggestion by the Yukon Astronomical Society.

An asteroid that circles our sun on a wide orbit between the planets of Mars and Jupiter is now named after Skookum Jim Mason, the Tagish adventurer and prospector who helped kick off the Klondike Gold Rush. (Pixabay Image)
Sid Sidhu said he may need a new telescope if he’s going to be able to see the asteroid named for him. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Humble B.C. amateur astronomer now officially out of this world

Jaskarn Singh ‘Sid’ Sidhu has an asteroid named after him, honouring his volunteer astronomy efforts

Sid Sidhu said he may need a new telescope if he’s going to be able to see the asteroid named for him. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Arianespace’s Ariane 5 rocket with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope onboard, lifts off at Europe’s Spaceport, the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. As the world tuned in on Christmas morning to see NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope liftoff, Canadian scientists who played a crucial part in its creation were emotionally admiring the successful launch of their historical contribution. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-ESA-CNES-ARIANESPACE
Arianespace’s Ariane 5 rocket with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope onboard, lifts off at Europe’s Spaceport, the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. As the world tuned in on Christmas morning to see NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope liftoff, Canadian scientists who played a crucial part in its creation were emotionally admiring the successful launch of their historical contribution. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-ESA-CNES-ARIANESPACE

Column: Science gets a new telescope for Christmas

The James Webb Space Telescope is set to launch a new era of research

  • Dec 26, 2021
Arianespace’s Ariane 5 rocket with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope onboard, lifts off at Europe’s Spaceport, the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. As the world tuned in on Christmas morning to see NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope liftoff, Canadian scientists who played a crucial part in its creation were emotionally admiring the successful launch of their historical contribution. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-ESA-CNES-ARIANESPACE
Arianespace’s Ariane 5 rocket with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope onboard, lifts off at Europe’s Spaceport, the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. As the world tuned in on Christmas morning to see NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope liftoff, Canadian scientists who played a crucial part in its creation were emotionally admiring the successful launch of their historical contribution. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-ESA-CNES-ARIANESPACE
Mount Arrowsmith on Vancouver Island. (Nancy Randall photo)

Was bright light and loud boom over Vancouver Island caused by a meteor?

People from Victoria to Campbell River and Tofino report flash of light in sky on Dec. 12

Mount Arrowsmith on Vancouver Island. (Nancy Randall photo)
The Hubble Space Telescope drifts over Earth after its release in 2009 by the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. The crew had performed all planned tasks during the fifth astronaut visit to the telescope. (NASA photo)
The Hubble Space Telescope drifts over Earth after its release in 2009 by the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. This kind of telescope is probably out of the budget of the regular astronomer. (NASA)

Column: Christmas shopping for the astronomer

There are many different telescopes and binoculars now on the market

  • Nov 28, 2021
The Hubble Space Telescope drifts over Earth after its release in 2009 by the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. The crew had performed all planned tasks during the fifth astronaut visit to the telescope. (NASA photo)
The Hubble Space Telescope drifts over Earth after its release in 2009 by the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. This kind of telescope is probably out of the budget of the regular astronomer. (NASA)
This image made available by NASA on Friday, July 24, 2015, showed a combination of images captured by the New Horizons spacecraft with enhanced colors to show differences in the composition and texture of Pluto’s surface. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, scientists said that Pluto may have rolled over on its axis eons ago, the result of tidal forces with jumbo moon Charon, and that a subsurface sea is the most likely explanation. (NASA/AP file photo)

Column: The mysteries of Pluto

Pluto defied many expectations and continues to puzzle scientists

  • Nov 7, 2021
This image made available by NASA on Friday, July 24, 2015, showed a combination of images captured by the New Horizons spacecraft with enhanced colors to show differences in the composition and texture of Pluto’s surface. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, scientists said that Pluto may have rolled over on its axis eons ago, the result of tidal forces with jumbo moon Charon, and that a subsurface sea is the most likely explanation. (NASA/AP file photo)
Port Coquitlam photographer captured views of the night sky from Manning Park’s Cascade Lookout. (Jon Ross)

Penticton to host sidewalk stargazing events starting this month

Everyone is invited to gaze into the vast endlessness of space

Port Coquitlam photographer captured views of the night sky from Manning Park’s Cascade Lookout. (Jon Ross)
A Salmon Arm family saw an unexplained bright object in the night sky on March 10. (Pixabay Image)

Family reports UFO sighting near Shuswap Lake

They said the glowing object in the sky was similar to one caught on video near Penticton last year.

A Salmon Arm family saw an unexplained bright object in the night sky on March 10. (Pixabay Image)
In this Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 photo made available by NASA, Saturn, top, and Jupiter, below, are seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Va. The two planets are drawing closer to each other in the sky as they head towards a “great conjunction” on Monday, Dec. 21, where the two giant planets will appear a tenth of a degree apart. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

Jupiter and Saturn align in our skies tonight, to form the Great Conjunction

Stargazers typically gather in groups at observatories or with backyard telescopes for such events

  • Dec 21, 2020
In this Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 photo made available by NASA, Saturn, top, and Jupiter, below, are seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Va. The two planets are drawing closer to each other in the sky as they head towards a “great conjunction” on Monday, Dec. 21, where the two giant planets will appear a tenth of a degree apart. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)
Mars will appear orange and distinct in the night sky this month. (Damian Peach photo)

Mars jumps out from the night sky across B.C.

Mars is the brightest it’s been in 15 years this October

Mars will appear orange and distinct in the night sky this month. (Damian Peach photo)
A local photographer was able to capture the Comet Neowise as it was visible from the South Okanagan this past weekend. (Submitted - Emily Wigley)

Penticton photographer captures comet NEOWISE over South Okanagan

Did you see the comet? Share your photos and tag @pentictonnews on Instagram

A local photographer was able to capture the Comet Neowise as it was visible from the South Okanagan this past weekend. (Submitted - Emily Wigley)
Armstrong safe from space invasion

Armstrong safe from space invasion

String of lights in night sky likely Musk’s Starlink satellite

Armstrong safe from space invasion