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:
Continue reading Eyes on the skies — November
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:
Continue reading Eyes on the skies — October
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
Did you know that the speeds of sound and light can provide us with a lot of useful information?
Continue reading Comparing the speeds of light and sound
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.
Continue reading Summer meteor showers
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.
Continue reading The lunar calendar on a turtle’s back