Stargazers: the skies have something special in store for you this week! On the morning of Friday, November 19, observers from Ontario will be fortunate to see a partial lunar eclipse.
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.
In last month’s featured constellations, we discussed Sagittarius, Capricornus and Delphinus. In our September edition, we discuss Pegasus the flying horse (moose or baseball diamond), Aquarius the water bearer, and Piscis Austrinus the southern fish.
In today’s post, Learning & Education Specialist Rachelle Law recounts Team Ontario’s push to find as many birds as possible. Every year, a team of expert birders from Ontario Parks prepare — binoculars in hand — to compete in a heated competition. The goal: spot and record as many bird species as they can over … Continue reading The annual birding battle for the golden binoculars
In last month’s constellation post, we discussed the Bears and a Dragon. In this month’s edition, we will talk about constellations that are ideal for warm weather observation.
November is the perfect time for stargazing. Even though the temperatures are cooling down, the early sunset and later sunrise provide us with almost fifteen hours of darkness in which to observe nighttime splendors. Plus, there are some exciting occurrences lighting up the skies all month long. Why not take some time this month to … Continue reading Celestial objects of interest in November
Did you know that we can see surface detail on Mars with even a small telescope? During most of October, Mars rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is now (after the sun and moon) the brightest object in the sky and noticeably pinkish! Mars’ orbit is somewhat elliptical (egg-shaped), meaning that about every … Continue reading Looking up at Mars
In last month’s featured constellations, we discussed the Summer Triangle, Scorpius, and Scutum. This month, we’ll discuss Sagittarius, Capricornus, and Delphinus. Last month’s constellations are included on the sky chart below for reference.
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.
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.