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Issue: 2017-10-11, PHOTO: Yvonne Mueller

The colourful fall season is over very early in the Yukon – much earlier than in my home country, Switzerland. But I found that the month of October is also very attractive for an amateur photographer like me, even if the coloured leaves have... more

Oct 11, 2017 12:00 AM Photography - Film

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Issue: 2016-11-30, PHOTO: Yvonne Mueller

Do you sometimes forget that Whitehorse is a wilderness city? I do! Coming home to a heated apartment after a busy day, taking a shower and then turning on the TV. Every now and then I feel I have to reconnect myself to nature. That’s why my... more

Nov 30, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Local Business

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Issue: 2016-11-23, PHOTO: my Mark Kelly

Don Hampton advises that for the rest of the winter, find a high spot at night, away from human-made lights, and look north. “My guess is that for the rest of the year, it’ll be pretty nice,” he says of this winter’s aurora borealis. more

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2016-11-23, PHOTO: by Murray Lundberg

Cold and darkness. That is what most people who live Outside think of when they think of winter in the far North. Thanks to many websites, however, knowledge of the aurora borealis has spread. People all over the world are able to glimpse the... more

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2016-02-18, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The most recent exhibition at Dawson’s ODD Gallery is nothing if not seasonal for its subject is the northern lights, also called aurora borealis, the light display named jointly after the Roman god of the dawn, Aurora, and the Greek god of the... more

Feb 18, 2016 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2016-01-21, Photo: Lily Quan

Three of the country’s best storytellers will soon descend on Whitehorse for the Northern Lights Writers’ Conference. The conference features Terry Fallis, author of Best Laid Plans; Douglas Gibson, editor and publisher of luminaries such as Alice... more

Jan 21, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2015-08-20 PHOTO: courtesy of Genibeth “Budjee” Genito

“Never heard of it!” That was my first thought when my aunt said Yukon Territory. Other than knowing it was part of Canada and that I had family there, I was clueless about my possible new address. So I did my homework; I Googled. more

Aug 20, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon People

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September 4, 2014

If you ask visitors for adjectives describing the northern lights, they might say beautiful, mysterious, auspicious, captivating, haunting, inspiring, and magical. But I’m no visitor. more

Sep 4, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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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

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

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

Valentine's Day has arrived and according to my online weather forecast, it might actually be clear this evening. A quick check on the aurora forecasts, and they all seem to basically agree: there will be little or no northern lights this evening... more

Mar 1, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies

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Issue: 2012-02-16

As spring approaches, the Yukon night skies sizzle with cosmic happenings. The weather has offered us a few nights of reprieve with well above normal temperatures and clear skies. more

Feb 16, 2012 12:00 AM Hobbies

In the last few months you may have noticed an increase in Northern Lights action, with intense displays. I hope you had a chance to observe the stunning visuals. There is no equipment required, unless you bring your camera, or maybe a chair to... more

Oct 27, 2011 12:00 AM Hobbies

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Issue: 2011-10-13

For most astronomers there is always the memory of that first, jaw-dropping, eye-popping, "I don't believe this is real" experience at the eyepiece of a telescope. You even get the chance to hear the occasional, "Holy Smokes!" every once in a... more

Oct 13, 2011 12:00 AM Hobbies

Astronomy, the Yukon night skies, and non-stop springtime action go hand in hand. After having cloudy skies and the odd snowstorm dropping by to visit, we are finally getting a long deserved break. It all started on a frosty Tuesday evening, with... more

Mar 17, 2011 12:00 AM Hobbies

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Issue: 2010-10-07

Friday was day two at Starfest, Canada's most amazing astronomical gathering [Aug. 12-15, 2010], and we were not due to be on stage till 7 p.m. We'd only got back to the hotel room around 4 a.m. that morning, and were at the Starfest observing... more

Oct 7, 2010 12:00 AM Hobbies

Summertime is here, and it is going to be a rip-snorting good time, astronomically speaking, that is. Let's get started with holidays and star parties. If you heading out of the territories for the summer, take a few minutes before you leave, and... more

Jun 3, 2010 12:00 AM Hobbies

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Issue: 2009-02-12

It is Friday night, and everyone is waiting for a great northern light show. The night skies are clear, and we are ready. After several hours, we are left disappointed; we have not seen even a single green spear of light, let alone a full display... more

Apr 22, 2010 12:00 AM Hobbies

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Issue: 2010-03-04

Where are the Northern Lights? The answer as far as I can tell is two-fold. First, we have been pummelled with atrocious weather and, second, most of the Northern Light activity seems to be taking place in the High Arctic... more

Mar 4, 2010 12:00 AM Hobbies