The beginning(s) of our universe has long stirred deep philosophical questions.
How did we get here? What causes the sun or the stars to move? If time had a beginning, what was there before that beginning?
These are all great questions, and the answers have historically been provided by spiritual as well as scientific means. Both types of answers provide a great value and continue to play a role for humanity.
Continue reading Observing the origins of the universe
November is the perfect time for stargazing.
Even though the temperatures are cooling down, the early sunset and later sunrise provide us with almost fifteen hours of darkness in which to observe nighttime splendors. Plus, there are some exciting occurrences lighting up the skies all month long.
Why not take some time this month to view these celestial splendours?
Continue reading Celestial objects of interest in November
Welcome to the Ontario Parks “Eyes on the Skies” series. This 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.
November usually brings our first snows and the opportunity for some great outdoor adventures.
The early sunset and later sunrise provides us with almost fifteen hours of darkness in which to observe nighttime splendors.
Here are our astronomical highlights for November:
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In this month’s edition, we trace an ancient Greek myth across six constellations.
The story will start high in the sky, near Polaris the North Star, and plummet far to the south.
Continue reading Featured constellations: the epic of Andromeda and Perseus
Boo! The scariest night of the year is almost upon us.
As we celebrate Halloween with costumes, trick-or-treating, and plenty of scares, let’s take a look at the history behind this spooky day. Continue reading The spooky celestial history of Halloween
What happens when two great organizations work together to promote astronomy and dark skies? An incredible experience that captivated visitors from all over Ontario and beyond.
On September 22, 2018, we launched Ontario Parks’ first Dark-Sky Preserve in Killarney Provincial Park (the other is in Lake Superior Provincial Park) with a special “Stars over Killarney” program. Joining us as co-hosts for this special event were our friends at Science North, one of Canada’s best hands-on science museums.
Continue reading Stars over Killarney 2018
Welcome to the Ontario Parks “Eyes on the skies” series. This 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.
October is a month of transition as the last few warm days depart and we prepare ourselves for winter.
But cold weather does not mean we should abandon the great outdoors. On the contrary, the peace and serenity found at this time of the year make a trip to any park all the more enjoyable.
Here are our astronomical highlights for October 2018:
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In last month’s edition, we discussed Pegasus, Aquarius and the southern fish, Piscis Austrinus.
This time, we will discuss the more popular northern fish (Pisces), Aries the Ram, and Triangulum the Triangle.
Continue reading Featured constellations: a fish, a ram and a triangle
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:
Continue reading Eyes on the skies — September
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