A full moon, an eclipse and a comet — all in one night

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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Canadian Space Agency (CSA) grants to students to attend the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

csaOnce 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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Perseid meteor shower set to be extra-spectacular this year – Technology & Science – CBC News

The summer’s best shooting star show is expected be even better this year, thanks to an unusual “outburst” that only happens about once a decade and could double the number of meteors you’ll spot.

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What Is Weightlessness?

Do you have weight in space? Is weightlessness an absence of gravity, or actually an absence of forces pushing against it? Andy unpicks what weight really is.
Watch our experiments with water on a parabolic flight: https://youtu.be/rzytpxtbCzQ?list=PLb…
Experience weightlessness in 360°: https://youtu.be/mVJvyteAH0E?list=PLb…

On one hand, we learn at school that weight is the force on an object due to gravity; on the other, there’s a more subtle understanding of weight as something we feel and discuss every day. How these two ideas fit together can cause some confusion, particularly when the idea of weightlessness and astronauts in orbit on the ISS is introduced.

When we tackled weightlessness for the 2016 CHRISTMAS LECTURES and our online series, A Place Called Space in December last year, we spent a long time thinking about weight. This video shares some of those thoughts.

For example, when you’re in freefall, are you weightless? Is weightlessness a consequence of freefall, or is freefall, in fact, a consequence of weightlessness? Andy explains.

You can watch our series all about space: https://youtu.be/IcjYdEW_HLQ?list=PLb…
And watch the CHRISTMAS LECTURES, ‘How to survive in space’ in full here:http://richannel.org/christmas-lectur…