Welcome to the Ontario Parks “Eyes on the skies” series. This series covers a wide range of astronomy topics with a focus on what can be seen from the pristine skies found in our provincial parks.
Many people consider September to be the finest month of the year to enjoy Ontario’s outdoors.
The bugs have all but left and the daytime temperatures are cooler, making the weather ideal for strenuous activities such as hiking or canoeing. To top it off, the leaves begin their beautiful transition through the colours of fall.
With the much shorter days, the nighttime skies are full of celestial splendors that we hope you will enjoy discovering in this edition of “Eyes on the skies.”
Here are our astronomical highlights for September 2018:
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In last month’s featured constellations, we discussed Sagittarius, Capricornus and Delphinus.
In our September edition, we discuss Pegasus the flying horse (moose or baseball diamond), Aquarius the water bearer, and Piscis Austrinus the southern fish.
Continue reading Featured constellations: a water bearer, flying horse and southern fish
Did you know that the speeds of sound and light can provide us with a lot of useful information?
Continue reading Comparing the speeds of light and sound
On a clear dark summer or winter night, you can see a cloudy band of light traversing the sky.
This light is known as the Milky Way.
The Milky Way actually has nothing to do with dairy. Instead, it’s the term for the light of hundreds of millions of stars that are so far away we cannot see them as individual points of light. Instead, we see their combined glow as a fuzzy, glowing band of light.
Continue reading The Milky Way Galaxy
On July 17, 2018, Lake Superior Provincial Park was officially recognized as a nationally certified Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, becoming our second provincial park to earn this prestigious designation.
Continue reading The Lake Superior Provincial Park Dark Sky Preserve
We all crave the peace and quiet of a moment in the darkness, gazing up at the beauty of the night sky. But sometimes it’s hard to make out things in the pure darkness of provincial parks.
Did you know you can actually improve your ability to see in the dark? Most people do not realize there are a number of techniques you can use to improve your night vision. In this article we will explain four things you can do to see better in the dark.
We hope it will allow you to not only see more objects in the night sky, but to safely navigate your campsite at nighttime.
As part of our 125th anniversary celebrations, we are pleased to announce that Killarney Provincial Park is our first provincial park to be designated as a Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada!
We are committed to the protection and preservation of our province’s biodiversity. The night skies in their natural splendour are an important part of that protection.
Continue reading The Killarney Provincial Park Dark Sky Preserve
Stars as seen in midnight’s gaze
Stars shining upon shoreline’s haze
Guiding us, teaching us with stories manifold
About ourselves, stars speak, from birth till old.
Their permanence ties us to days gone by
But to hide their secrets, they still do try
To gaze upon them brings dreams of futures bright
But to see them vanish, is to lose much delight.
At Ontario Parks, we’re committed to the protection and preservation of our province’s biodiversity. The night skies in their natural splendour is an important part of that protection.
Continue reading Do the skies need our protection?
Is there anything more peaceful than lying on your back on a warm summer night, gazing up at the stars, and seeing a meteor fly past you?
You can see this phenomenon for yourself this summer during the Perseid Meteor Shower on the nights of August 12-13.
Continue reading Summer meteor showers
Welcome to the Ontario Parks “Eyes on the Skies” series. This space (<– see what we did there?) will cover a wide range of astronomy topics with a focus on what can be seen from the pristine skies found in our provincial parks.
August is here at last with its fine weather, fewer mosquitos, and longer nights. All of the constellations and objects from July are still visible, but there are a few exciting new things to see this month.
Here are our astronomical highlights for August 2018:
Continue reading Eyes on the skies — August