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By Nicole Mortillaro, CBC News Posted: Feb 10, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 10, 2017 9:20 AM ET
This weekend offers a good reminder that there’s a lot going on in space
Friday is a night full of fun astronomical treats.
First, there’s February’s full moon, called the Snow Moon — named for the typically cold and snowy weather this time of year.
All full moons are given nicknames, such as January’s Wolf Moon, the Strawberry Moon in May, and, of course, the Harvest Moon — the one nearest the autumnal equinox in either September or October.
The Snow Moon will rise around 5:35 p.m in Toronto and at 5:26 p.m. in Vancouver.
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Once again this year, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will be awarding grants to students wanting to attend the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).
This international assembly is billed as an excellent gathering point for all specialists in the space sector. For students, it is an opportunity to forge valuable ties with professionals and other students from all over the world who share their interests. Throughout the Congress, students will have a chance to talk to professionals, learn from their expertise and listen to their vision of the future of space exploration. Students are full participants in the Congress, lending its workshops and plenary sessions a new energy and outlook that are greatly appreciated.
The IAC mainly draws students specializing in space-related disciplines. In recent years, however, many students from outside these disciplines, though in associated fields (e.g. engineering, law, medicine), have taken part. For many students, the IAC is an event that motivates and inspires them to pursue their studies and set their career goals.
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