Featured constellation: Orion

For thousands of years, humans have looked up at the stars. The stars helped them try to understand their purpose, and the role they play in our lives. To help memorize the different stars, patterns of connect-the-dot figures were created by many different cultures. Today, we recognize 88 official patterns or “constellations” of stars. Today … Continue reading Featured constellation: Orion

Eyes on the skies – January

Welcome to the 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 … Continue reading Eyes on the skies – January

Eyes on the skies — December

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. December brings some of the darkest skies of the year. Take advantage of this great opportunity to go out … Continue reading Eyes on the skies — December

Eyes on the skies — 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 … Continue reading Eyes on the skies — November

Stars over Killarney, 2019: an Indigenous astronomy learning experience

Today’s post comes from Bruce Waters, a former educator at the McLaughlin Planetarium and founder of the Killarney Provincial Park Observatory. Astronomy is a field of science that embraces an inquiring mind, and knows that there are often many perspectives in which to learn, to study and to appreciate the cosmos and beyond. In this … Continue reading Stars over Killarney, 2019: an Indigenous astronomy learning experience

Eyes on the skies — October

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. … Continue reading Eyes on the skies — October

Eyes on the skies — September

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 … Continue reading Eyes on the skies — September

Do the skies need our protection?

Stars as seen in midnight’s gaze Stars shining upon shoreline’s haze Guiding us, teaching us with stories manifold About ourselves, stars speak, from birth till old. Their permanence ties us to days gone by But to hide their secrets, they still do try To gaze upon them brings dreams of futures bright But to see … Continue reading Do the skies need our protection?