The Elephant in the Room

Join us this Friday, January 13  for our first members meeting of the new year! Our guest speaker will be John Gauvreau. His topic for the evening will be The Elephant in the Room – The Nature of our Sun and Observing a Star Up Close.

From its fiery heart where all our light and heat originates, to its tenuous outer atmosphere seen during an eclipse, our Sun gives us a remarkable opportunity to study a star up close. While we all strive to see the faintest starlight from distant galaxies, let’s spend an evening studying the often overlooked elephant in the room; a star right on our doorstep!

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January 2023 Event Horizon Newsletter

The latest issue of the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Event Horizon newsletter is now available for download!

  • HAA Explorers
  • The Sky for January 2023
  • What’s Up in Awards? January ’23 – February ’23
  • NASA Night Sky Notes
  • The Moon and Mars December 7, 2022 Members’ Gallery
  • Plus More

Download the latest issue or visit the newsletters section for past issues.

Photo credit: The Moon in April 1977, by Jo Ann Salci

December Members Meeting

Join us this Friday, December 9th for our December members meeting. It will be held at McMaster Innovation Park, and all members are invited to attend the meeting and enjoy the presentations. The facility is located at 175 Longwood Rd. S. in Hamilton.

This month, we will be enjoying an abbreviated version. There will not be a featured speaker so that we can get through the announcements and the Sky This Month segment and adjourn to the atrium for our annual Christmas social.

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December 2022 Event Horizon Newsletter

The latest issue of the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Event Horizon newsletter is now available for download!

  • HAA Explorers
  • The Sky This Month for December 2022
  • What’s Up in Awards? December ’22 – January ’23
  • NASA Night Sky Notes
  • Lunar Eclipse November 8, 2022 Members’ Gallery
  • 2021 – 2022 Financial Statements
  • Eye Candy
  • Plus More

Download the latest issue or visit the newsletters section for past issues.

Photo credit: the November 8, 2022 total Lunar Eclipse, by John Gauvreau

The Passing of Michael Jefferson

We have some very sad news to share with the HAA community.

Michael Jefferson passed away on November 22, 2022.

Mike was a founding member of the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers, and a familiar face on our council over the years. His contributions to the club have been many. More importantly, he was a treasured friend. We are going to feel his loss keenly. 

Photo credit: John Gauvreau

November 2022 Event Horizon Newsletter

The latest issue of the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Event Horizon newsletter is now available for download!

  • HAA Explorers
  • The Sky This Month for November 2022
  • What’s Up in Awards? November – December 2022
  • The Search for Life on Mars, Part 3
  • NASA Night Sky Notes
  • Eye Candy
  • Plus More

Download the latest issue or visit the newsletters section for past issues.

Photo credit: M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, by Pavle Culu

November Members Meeting

Join us on Friday November 11 at McMaster Innovation Park for our November members meeting! This will be your opportunity to purchase our brand new 2023 Celestial Events Calendar hot off the press!

We will have some of our resident calendar astrophotographers on hand to speak about their images, so this will be a can’t miss for aspiring astrophotographers.

Stephen Germann will also be there with a new edition of The Sky This Month. We will also be giving away some door prizes. Don’t forget that we gladly accept donations of food or cash for delivery to Hamilton FoodShare. Anything you can spare would be greatly appreciated!

Doors open at 7:00 PM and the meeting begins at 7:30 PM. For those not able to attend in person, we will be livestreaming the meeting on ZOOM for club members and on Facebook for all others. The meeting will also be posted on our YouTube channel approximately within 48-72 hours after the meeting.

We hope to see you there!

Photo credit: wikipedia.com

Carve your own James Webb Space Pumpkin!

Want to carve your own James Webb Space Telescope-themed pumpkin? Here are three different patterns you can use. Simply print one (or all of them!) out, and follow the directions, which can be found on each pattern page. Navigate to https://jwst.nasa.gov/content/features/spacePumpkin.html.

Courtesy of https://jwst.nasa.gov

General Meeting

Join us on Friday October 14 at McMaster Innovation Park for our October members meeting! On this night we will be holding our annual general meeting and give you the opportunity to learn a little more about the club and council.

As usual, there will be a new edition of The Sky This Month. We will also be giving away some door prizes. Don’t forget that we gladly accept donations of food or cash for delivery to Hamilton FoodShare. Anything you can spare would be greatly appreciated!

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October 2022 Event Horizon Newsletter

The latest issue of the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Event Horizon newsletter is now available for download!

In this issue you’ll find…

  • HAA Explorers
  • The Sky This Month for October 2022
  • What’s Up in Awards? October – November 2022
  • NASA Night Sky Notes
  • Eye Candy
  • Plus More

Download the latest issue or visit the newsletters section for past issues.

Photo credit: Star Trails around the North Celestial Pole, by Dan Copeland