Welcome

Space Canada is a web site dedicated to Canada’s future in space. Although Canada has a small input now, our future may hold more promise. I’d like to start with our vision here.

As a child I have always dreamed of our skies and visiting them. With the exponential growth of science and technology, such vision is within reach.

Space ports or elevators may be our next big projects.
I want to be a part of that, so I’m starting here, in cyberspace.

 

Buy A Star Name!

starYou can benefit from star naming services, and it’s a great way to celebrate a special occasion, achievement or a way to remember a loved one. These services enable you to name a stay in the sky and get a great gift to go with the occasion. You can as well get a lasting gift that expresses your emotions. The recipient will also never forget the present.

In addition, it is easy to buy a star name. You can order a gift securely online through filling an order form. It is a common to find that celebrities have already had a star named after them as a gift from friends and fans.

Naming a star is an old practice that has been there for centuries, and there is a star catalogue. One of the most comprehensive lists comprises of about 16 million stars from which you can select to name.

It is certainly a rare gift idea whereby you can express your sentiments towards someone. Furthermore, you do not have to be a celebrity or dignitary to have a star named after you. It is a heartfelt gift that can be customised to your liking and for anyone. In addition, you can choose from the brightest options, gifts and packages.

You can as well buy a star for a friend or loved one, and get accompanying gift packages such as photos, background information and fascinating facts. Each gift is exclusive and a very intimate present. It is a gift that they can share with their children and children’s children. You can get this sort of gift to express friendship, love, affection or grief. It further suits birthdays, Christmas, baptism, wedding, memorial, engagement and other special occurrences.

Stores that offer such services can advise on which stars are best. The kind of package also varies from one store to another. You will even find those that allow you to return the gift if you are not satisfied. Likewise, you should aim for a visible star from stores that offer top quality packages and quick delivery services. It is ultimately a fantastic gift idea.

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Dynamics of light

It never ceases to amaze me how the dynamics of light can pierce the very fabric of cloud cover.

I could see the cloud layers of Jupiter even though the planet was obscured from view!
Thats right, I could *not* see Jupiter with the naked eye, yet, it was revealed in great splender with my 5mm eyepiece.
Even the moons could be seen easily.

So if its cloudy out, don’t despair. You still might be able to view depending on how thick your curtain is.

Further, I have actually had better views on nights with a light uniform cloud layer.
This of course only applies to the brightest objects. Mars was a good example.
The cloud layer acted as a filter helping to define the polar caps.

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How big is universe

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If you ever need to be reminded of just how big the universe is to date…

A Parsec is: 30,856,802,500,000 Kilometers
Scroll to the right and see the long white map, 308,568,025,000,000,000,000,000 kilometers long.

What I really find so fascinating is that its filled with more debris than emtpy space.
AND
This map is only one tiny slice of the space that surrounds us as shown in this 2D round map of galaxy clusters! Remember its 3D space.

Humbling.

1 ly, (light year) = 9,460,528,400,000 km
1 billion Light Years = 9,460,528,400,000,000,000,000 km
or
5 Yotta Years.

So that little “1 billion ly” marker below is how far light traveled in one billion years!
So 9,460,528,400,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 km

Now if we drove in our car at say 200 km/hr, how far would we travel in one year?
Answer: 365 days x 24 hours/day x 200 km/hr = 1,752,000 km/year
At that rate it will take us:
5,399,844,977,168,949,771,689,497 years.

Hmmmm…maybe I’ll wait for some faster technology.

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Rocket

Flashback to the time my buddy and I setoff a rocket. It was a great way to start dreaming.
I’d love to have access to a facility where I could unleash my creativity.

Rocket design dominates my thoughts lately.
I would love to become involved in creating a space port.

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Orion Nebula 2

The viewing of the Orion Nebula was no where near as good as last, but still resolveable.
Warmer weather created an unstable air mass.
Lots of sparkle in the sky tonight.
Came out hours later to find the scope covered in frost.

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Naming A Star As A Gift For A Loved One

starnameIf you are like me, there is at least one person in your life who you never know what to get as a gift. Sometimes, it is a friend, a co worker, your soulmate, or just the person in your life who has everything. It can sometimes be impossible to find the perfect gift for the ones who you love most and are closest to you. If you are finding yourself in a gifting rut when it comes to someone you love dearly, why not try the idea of buying and naming a star for someone?

Buying and naming a star for the person you care for and love can be a truly unique and show stopping present. When naming a star, it typically comes with a kit that is filled with a variety of treasures, including a certificate of authenticity stating the chosen name, day of dedication or naming of your star, and where it’s exact coordinates are in the night sky. Some kits also include booklets describing other constellations and even charts with your specific star pointed out on them. However, some of these kits, depending on where you go, can get somewhat pricey, but because most companies copyright the names, it will be your own star for many, many years to come! There are also some star buying companies that will only allow you to pick from stars that are clearly visible in the night sky in your exact location, which is just a small factor that comes with the gift itself. Also, if for some reason you and your loved one are not satisfied with your purchase, the majority of these companies offer a full money back guarantee.

If you are ready to get out of your gift giving rut with your loved ones and get them a truly unique gift life never before, turn you attention to possibly buying and naming a star after them. It is truly a gift that is out of this world!

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Orion Nebula

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The viewing of the Orion Nebula M42 was incredible last night.

Cold weather paved the way for clear conditions and a stable air mass.
Likewise, Saturn was prestine since it was high in the sky.
Ramped up my Celestron C9.25″ with a nice wide field eypiece to take in the entire nebula.
I like the Volume Visualization of this nebula seen here above.

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Shot of Mars

marsstreakGotta love this shot of Mars.
Its a Dust Devil leaving a dark trail of dust.
Follow the streak to the middle right.

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Fantastic night for planetary viewing

saturnFantastic night for planetary viewing.

Venus is a seriously bright object.
Too bad its low on the horizon by the time it gets dark. The atmosphere is so thick the closer you get to the horizon. Blurs the image with all its instability.

Jupiter was splendid as usual.

Saturn was a catch tonight.
Clear Clear Cassini division.

The picture a right does *not* do the raw image justice. Best I could do with a Sony DCR-PC101, Adapter and a 20mm Celestron eyepiece.

saturnThe stand that originally came with my telescope cracked in some -40 degrees Celsius weather.
I fitted it with a surveyors tripod, however, there is a lot of shake.

Well hope you like the shot.

Here is a shot of my Antares 32mm Erfle.
Frosty eh?
Nice eyepiece for the price, but it uses subgrade glass. So you get what you pay for.
Quality is *not* as critical in wide field applications.
Regardless, if you have the money, get a better one. The eye relief on this one is tight.

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