Night Lights Column

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Night Lights Columnist James “Deep Sky” Cackette  is a Yukon Astronomer. James is one of  What's Up Yukon's original 12 writers! Our local sky expert since February 2005.  You can follow him on his facebook page Yukon Night Skies 

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Issue: 2013-05-23

For the last week I have been heading out to my rooftop to see the constellation Hercules and the bright globular cluster that resides there. Even just using binoculars the view is amazing. more

May 23, 2013 12:00 AM Hobbies

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Issue: 2013-05-02

With May here it is a good reminder that we only have, at best, five weeks of celestial observation left. Recently, I have dedicated much of my time to Comet PanSTARRS and its travels through the Yukon's skies. It has been an amazing journey, ... more

May 2, 2013 12:00 AM Hobbies

We have been watching Comet PanSTARRS for the last week and it has been fascinating to see it change. When the comet first appeared high enough in the night sky to be seen, around the third week in March, it was quite easy to view with the unaided e more

Apr 18, 2013 12:00 AM Hobbies

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Issue: 2013-05-02

While we were waiting for Comet PanSTARRS to arrive in our skies, we had a chance to get up to the Grey Mountain lookout point. We have not been out to this observation site yet this year, so I was a little apprehensive about the road. But the... more

Mar 14, 2013 12:00 AM Hobbies


Issue: 2009-02-12

The first visitor was called a near earth asteroid, named, 2012 DA14. About 45 metres wide and probably made of rock, it passed over Indonesia only 27,500 kilometres from the surface of our planet on February 15. This little asteroid was visible... more

Feb 28, 2013 12:00 AM Hobbies

Lets hope for some greatly improved weather in February, as the January selection was atrocious. Here's what February has in store for us. Starting off the month on February 3, we have the last quarter-moon, three degrees below Saturn. This ringed... more

Jan 31, 2013 12:00 AM Hobbies


Issue: 2005-03-25

Most people assume astronomy, as a hobby, is sitting all alone in a field with a telescope in the middle of nowhere. Don't get me wrong, sometimes an empty field, a clear night, a telescope or pair of binoculars, and nothing but the stars to keep you more

Dec 20, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies

Here comes the Yuletide observing season, so get ready to tilt your neck up. There are plenty of cosmic events happening in those amazing Yukon night skies throughout the entire month of December. The month starts off with Jupiter rising at... more

Nov 29, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies


Issue: 2012-11-01

It's going to be a busy season in those amazing Yukon night skies, with the possibility of three more meteor showers taking place in November. My attempt at observing the Orionid meteor shower in October was a wash due to the fact that is was... more

Nov 1, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies

After a rather busy weekend down at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Center for the Erik's Main Event consumer electronics show, [what day are we on here?] we were unloading a large truck and as we looked up, there were the northern lights. While there... more

Oct 18, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies

Autumn is upon us and the Yukon night skies are at their best. If you head out early in the evening, you will see the summer constellations slowly sinking into the horizon. Alternately, if you stay up until just before sunrise, you'll be able to... more

Oct 4, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies

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Issue: 2012-09-20

Astronomy and all its wonders are fascinating regardless of where you are or how much equipment you have. Every year we do the family holiday down in southern British Columbia visiting family and friends. This is a prime opportunity to see a very... more

Sep 20, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies

The night sky has all but disappeared leaving local amateur astronomers with only solar and lunar observing. There are many perks to solar observing using only solar safety approved filters and gear. First of all, the sun makes for an easy target... more

Jun 21, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies


Issue: 2011-12-08

Observers report: Planning a solar eclipse party is a relatively simple affair. The first priority is your observing site, as you have to make sure there is enough horizon to view the entire eclipse. This is especially true when the eclipse is... more

Jun 7, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies


Issue: 2012-05-24

With the partial solar eclipse taking place on May 20 it seems only fitting to back it up with a partial lunar eclipse. A little known fact is that lunar and solar eclipses always come in pairs, two weeks apart. This partial lunar eclipse is going... more

May 24, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies

Amazing weather has made the last couple of weeks an absolute dream for observing, with clear skies, warm temperatures and no pesky insects. The northern lights have been putting on quite a show lately as well. It makes you wonder, if the solar... more

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies

Astronomy as a hobby can be challenging. You are always at the mercy of unpredictable weather, the local wildlife, and, especially, the bugs. Two weeks ago I caught that nasty cold that was going around and was laid up for a few days. One night I... more

Apr 26, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies

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Issue: 2013-05-02

Wondrous views await the cosmic tourist in the month of April. The end of March and the first two weeks of April are sometimes referred to as, the Changing of the Guard. This means the winter constellations are slowly sinking lower into the... more

Mar 29, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies

The Yukon night skies have been alive with planets playing tag with the moon. The last couple of weeks have presented a planetary show, including Mars, Venus and Jupiter in the evening hours, and Saturn in the early morning hours before sunrise... more

Mar 15, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies