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.
August is here at last with its fine weather, fewer mosquitos, and longer nights. All of the constellations and objects from July are still visible, but there are a few exciting new things to see this month.
Here are our astronomical highlights for August 2021:
Continue reading Eyes on the skies — August
When looking towards the centre of our Milky Way Galaxy, we can catch sight of many beautiful objects in the sky.
M8 (the Lagoon Nebula) and M20 (the Trifid Nebula) are just two of the notable objects that can be seen with a large pair of binoculars or a telescope.
Continue reading Nebulae of the night skies
As we round out the year of constellations, we will focus on some of the fainter ones seen at this time of the year.
As they are faint, one must travel to pristine dark skies — such as those in provincial parks — to see them well.
Continue reading Featured constellations: Eridanus, Lepus and Monoceros