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 2016
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
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
Parents interested in the outdoors and family camping have a short window of time before kids’ seasonal jobs and other interests can change family holiday time. Since this is a season of resolutions and the beginning of 2012 vacation planning, here’s a suggested list of 15 things to do with your kids before they turn 15! Continue reading 15 things to do with your kids before they’re 15
A year after the opening of the Killarney Provincial Park Observatory the park astronomy program is doing very well. In addition to the outstanding Natural Heritage Education programs the observatory has hosted a number of visiting astronomers who have shared their enthusiasm and knowledge of the night skies with the public. Continue reading Astronomy in the Park
If you’re in or near eastern Ontario, one of the best places for star gazing is Charleston Lake Provincial Park near Brockville, Ontario. Amateur star gazers flock to this park’s unique Astronomy Field. Continue reading Learn to star gaze, tag butterflies and more
On Saturday July 17th Killarney Provincial Park unveiled its new observatory, recognizing 25 years of astronomy in the park. Inside the observatory is a 10 inch Mead LX5 telescope that was donated to the park by astronomer Bruce Waters. Continue reading Star Gazing Observatory at Killarney Provincial Park