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:
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Today’s post comes from Charlotte Westcott, a Discovery Program staff member at Lake Superior Provincial Park.
As the sun sets, the stars begin to appear. Like old friends, their familiar glow brings us home no matter how far away our house may be. Our friendly acquaintances, the constellations, trace their way across the sky. The white glow of the Milky Way emerges slowly to drown out its fainter neighbours.
Far away from the light pollution of major cities, Lake Superior Provincial Park’s night sky is one of the darkest in North America.
Continue reading The long road to Lake Superior Provincial Park’s Dark Sky Preserve
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
Humanity’s fascination with the celestial bodies dates back millennia.
And times haven’t changed.
Star parties and night sky events are held in our parks every summer, especially in northern Ontario, where there’s less light pollution.
Continue reading Summer star parties 2019
In 2018, Killarney Provincial Park became Ontario’s 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
Ever since ancient times, the moon has fascinated us. It lures us with its beauty and frightens us with its potential.
It fills our hearts with romance, imbuing with our poetry and art with moonlight. We’ve even created a fear of the moon.
Continue reading To touch the moon: the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing
In this month’s featured constellations, we will discuss the Summer Triangle and the constellations of Lyra, Cygnus, Aquila, and Scorpius.
Continue reading Featured constellations: the birds of summer
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.
July has finally arrived. Summer is the perfect time to escape the noise, air and light pollution of the larger urban areas and head to the peace and serenity of a provincial park.
July also hosts a number of beautiful constellations, full of interesting stories to tell.
Here are our astronomical highlights for July, 2019:
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Did you know Killarney is one of only two provincial parks with an observatory?
And the park observatory, which hosts a variety of astronomy programs throughout the summer, recently got an upgrade!
Continue reading See the stars at Killarney’s (upgraded!) observatory
Learning about the sun, moon, stars, planets, and beyond is a rewarding experience that makes your park visit all the richer.
Being able to identify the stars and constellations brings a familiarity with the mysteries of the cosmos. Knowledgeable observers may even use the stars to navigate, just as our ancestors have for thousands of years.
But where to get started?
Continue reading Astronomy for beginners