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.
March is one of the most glorious months to be camping or just outdoors, enjoying our parks. On March 20, the earth passes through Spring Equinox, the day that formally marks the beginning of spring and affords equal hours of sunlight and darkness.
Here are our astronomical highlights for March 2017:
Continue reading Eyes on the skies — March, 2017
Welcome to the new 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.
The month of February brings the promise of both warmer weather and clearer skies. So grab a cup of tea or hot chocolate, dress warmly, and spend the day outdoors.
And when the sun goes down and the stars start to shine, don’t forget to head back out to enjoy the season’s beautiful night skies!
Here are our astronomical highlights for February, 2017:
Continue reading Eyes on the skies — February, 2017
Welcome to the new Ontario Parks “eyes on the skies” series. This “space” 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.
The cold, crisp days of the New Year often reward us with fantastically beautiful nights, rich with bright stars and interesting sights.
Of the 17 brightest stars seen from Ontario, nine of them are visible during winter nights and many interesting objects await the observer who is prepared to brave the cold.
Here are our astronomical highlights for January, 2017:
Continue reading Eyes on the skies — January, 2017
Humanity’s fascination with the celestial bodies dates back millennia.
And times haven’t changed.
Camper families love stargazing especially from mid-July to late August during the Perseid meteor shower. At peak time (August 9-13, 2016) — if the skies are clear — you can see up to 50-100 meteors an hour!
Star parties are held in our parks every summer, especially in Northern Ontario, where there’s less light pollution.
Continue reading Summer star parties
August nightlife at Ontario Parks promises to be exciting!
Take in the Perseid Meteor Shower, which produces 50-100 meteors an hour at its peak. Meet “spirited” characters from Ontario’s past on a ghost walk. Solve a park mystery and maybe even hear wolves howl.
We’ve collected a few favourite evening events; which one speaks to you?
Continue reading Soak in the summer nightlife
One of the best parts about camping at one of our parks is the breathtakingly clear night sky. These clear skies provide the perfect backdrop to see the wonders of our solar system sprawled out above you.
Seeing these magnificent skies is one thing, but being able to capture them adds a whole other level to the experience.
Here are our top tips for night sky photography:
Continue reading Tips for night sky photography
Today’s post comes from our Natural Heritage Education Coordinator Brad Steinberg.
Not many researchers like being kept in the dark…
…except, that is, for scotobiologists!
Scotobiology is the science of darkness, a research topic that is growing in importance. Many birds, amphibians, insects and plants (and us!) have evolved to rely on uninterrupted periods of darkness during the night.
Continue reading Does the darkness need our protection?
Star light, star bright…
Did you know the first star you see tonight might not be a true star?
The annual Perseid meteor shower — one of the best shooting star displays in the northern hemisphere — is at its most brilliant this week!
Continue reading Summer stargazing
Need a flashlight? Looking for easy campsite recipes or a trail to hike? How about a new outdoor game for kids? Camping apps have exploded over the last two years. Continue reading There’s an app for that!
Ontario Parks is nature’s classroom. You can Learn to Camp> or choose from a wide range of other learning activities organized by park staff or by Friends of Ontario Parks in 2013: Continue reading 10 things (we bet you didn’t know) about Ontario Parks