Did you know that the speeds of sound and light can provide us with a lot of useful information?
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.
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.
Many First Nations teachings, including those of the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee people, use the back of a turtle’s shell as a lunar calendar.
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 2018
Did you know that we can see surface detail on Mars with even a small telescope?
Mars’ orbit is somewhat elliptical (egg-shaped) meaning that about every two years or so, Mars comes closer to the Earth becoming both brighter and larger in visual appearance if looking through a telescope.
Mars has a number of interesting features including polar caps, massive volcanoes and an incredibly large canyon. Continue reading Looking up at Mars
The answer has nothing to do with the sun, but everything to do with the sky and our atmosphere.
Did you know that the habitable zone of a solar system is the range of distance from sun that is “not too hot, not too cold, but just right” for life?
It’s also known as the Goldilocks Zone!
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.
Did you know you can determine your directions without a compass or GPS?
It would be wonderful if we had a built-in system to help us tell direction. If we did, it would probably have saved many lives who became lost by travelling away from safety rather than towards it.
Humans are not very good at instinctively knowing which direction they face. Most methods of determining one’s direction when in the forest tend to be unreliable.