Eyes on the skies — May

Welcome to the Ontario Parks “Eyes on the Skies” series. This space (see what we did there?) 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. While spring “technically” begins in March, most of us living in cold climates … Continue reading Eyes on the skies — May

Health benefits of dark skies

Today’s blog comes from our Healthy Parks Healthy People Coordinator Sarah McMichael.  My most memorable camping memory didn’t come from a crackling campfire, a panoramic lookout, or a stunning sandy beach. It happened at 3:00 am at Lake Superior Provincial Park. As I stumbled out of my tent for a late-night bathroom break, I noticed … Continue reading Health benefits of dark skies

The Northern Lights

Seeing the magnificent Northern Lights is a bucket list item for any nature lover. But did you know that the Northern Lights are caused by charged particles from the Sun? The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, is the name given to an often-ethereal band or curtain of faint light seen towards the northern horizon. Generally, … Continue reading The Northern Lights

Stories in the stars / Pride in our hearts

Today’s post comes from Will Morin, a Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Sudbury and Bruce Waters, a former educator at the McLaughlin Planetarium and founder of the Killarney Provincial Park Observatory. It’s time we learn the astronomical traditions of the diverse Indigenous cultures in the Americas.

Featured constellation: Leo the Lion

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. In … Continue reading Featured constellation: Leo the Lion

Featured constellations: Gemini the Twins, Auriga the Charioteer, and Canis Minor

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. In … Continue reading Featured constellations: Gemini the Twins, Auriga the Charioteer, and Canis Minor

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