A lunar eclipse, a momentous anniversary and great views of four planets in our solar system make this a good year for stargazing, says U of A astrophysicist.

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The skies of 2019 will light up with lots for stargazers to enjoy, especially at the beginning and end of the year, says a University of Alberta astrophysicist.

“There are a lot of interesting things happening, including a total eclipse of the moon and excellent local views of some of the planets,” said Sharon Morsink, director of the U of A’s Astronomical Observatory.

Here’s a calendar to the cosmic wonders of 2019:

Goodbye, moon

Sunday, Jan. 20, brings a total eclipse of the moon, as it travels into Earth’s shadow. Unlike the last one a year and a half ago that happened in the wee hours of the morning, this eclipse starts at 8:30 p.m. and reaches its full glory by 10:45, which makes it easier for everyone to enjoy.

In its partial phase, the moon “will be like a cookie and someone’s taking a little bite,” said Morsink. ...

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January
2019

Culturally appropriate services for First Nations critical during wildfire evacuations, study shows

New U of A research first to look at why Indigenous people want to leave or stay in their community after mandatory evacuation notice.

Members of Indigenous communities faced with abandoning their homes during mandatory wildfire
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January
2019

New U of A laser technology shows promise to treat leading causes of blindness

Nir Katchinskiy launches startup to bring new treatment technique to market.

A platform that combines cutting-edge diagnostic tools and ultra-fast laser technology developed at
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January
2019

COMMENTARY || Historical lawsuit affirms Indigenous laws on par with Canada’s

Superior Court of Ontario decision informed by Anishinaabe principles could signal long-needed correction in treaty relations, says U of A legal scholar.

There is a tired joke, a standard for Indigenous peoples on the Prairies, regarding the five dollar
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January
2019

Biochar can be tailor-made for range of environmental benefits, research shows

Soil-enriching charcoal can be optimized for agriculture, water treatment or even carbon storage.

A low-cost, versatile type of charcoal known as biochar can be tailored for specific uses including