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    Issue: 2019-06-12, PHOTO: Catalin Tapardel

    Noctilucent Clouds—a rare meteorological phenomena for northern observers

    Unless you’re dedicated enough to get up in the middle of the night with very good binoculars or a small scope to view the Virgo cluster of galaxies cresting our southern horizon, your stargazing options have greatly diminished. Read more

    Jun. 12, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-05-01, PHOTO: Carlos Gabriel Morales Toro/Pixabay

    It’s been weeks of geek

    May 4 has long, long been, even in countries far, far away, celebrated in geek culture. “May the fourth be with you” has been an inside joke for years. It only seems fitting that Titan Gaming & Collectibles’ Free Comic Book Day concludes an... Read more

    May 01, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-04-17, PHOTO: Giuseppi Donatiello

    A Contrast in character—meet our neighbour, and maybe even a distant relative

    What the constellation Cancer lacks in bright stars, it makes up for with its special deep sky resident, the Beehive open star cluster, or M44 in the Messier catalogue. At less than 600 light years (ly), the Beehive is one of our nearest open... Read more

    Apr. 17, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-04-17, PHOTO: joannapoe on Foter.com

    LARP, or not LARP, how’s that a question?

    The Company of the White Wolf is Whitehorse’s medieval combat fighting group, but there is a common misconception that their activities can be classified as live action role-playing, aka LARPing. Live Action Role-Playing involves dressing up in... Read more

    Apr. 17, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-03-20, PHOTO: NASA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScl/AURA)

    M31, The Andromeda Galaxy—a hungry “island universe” with its sights on us

    Its difficult not to be awed by the stunning beauty of the “grand design” spiral galaxies, so exquisitely detailed in Hubble images. These incomprehensibly immense discs of dust and gas and stars, structured on a sinuous backbone of fluid spiral... Read more

    Mar. 20, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

    Lichen what I see - But not always sure what to call it

    If there is anybody out there who recognizes what is in these pictures, please step forward. Recently, I found myself looking more intensively at lichens and mosses. As there are no blooming wildflowers in the midst of winter and as there happened... Read more

    Feb. 06, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-01-30, PHOTO: Jim Borisenko/ FreeStarCharts.com

    Algol the demon - The exoneration of an eclipsing binary star

    The sheer darkness of our Yukon winter sky is studded with many awe inspiring wonders. Some obvious and dazzling, such as the naked eye “stellar nursery” that is the Orion nebula, or the glittering pocket of jewels of the Pleiades open star... Read more

    Jan. 30, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-01-23, PHOTO: Deborah McNevin

    Bridge too far

    It began innocently enough. At a gathering shortly after I stopped working, I overheard a friend mentioning that another friend had said she was going to learn bridge in order to have something to do in the nursing home... Read more

    Jan. 23, 2019

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    Issue: 2018-12-19, PHOTO: freestarcharts.com

    In the realm of the globulars – Ancient companions of the Milky Way

    Messier 13 (M13), the best and brightest globular cluster gracing our northern sky, resides in the Hercules constellation and is a most-intriguing class of star cluster, so very different from all the open star clusters of our Milky Way galaxy... Read more

    Dec. 19, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-11-14, PHOTO: courtesy of the Yukon Comic Culture Society

    Geek the Halls, a craft fair for the geeks-of-us

    The second annual Geek the Halls craft fair is a different affair than the larger, more established craft fairs. But the vendors participating are a different sort of crafters and artists than the traditional Yukon crafters... Read more

    Nov. 14, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-11-14, PHOTO: freestarcharts.com

    The Double Cluster – Stellar beauties from a distant spiral arm

    One of my favourite star clusters resides high overhead in our winter sky. In fact, it is always in our sky, for our viewing pleasure, as it is circumpolar. It is close enough to the North Star (Polaris) that it never sets... Read more

    Nov. 14, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-11-07, PHOTO: Allison Button

    Drinking with Scissors

    Do you like crafting, socializing with friends—perhaps with a beverage or two—in a casual, relaxed yet well-lit atmosphere, complete with pinball machines to take a break and try your game expertise? Then Drinking with Scissors is for you... Read more

    Nov. 07, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-10-03, PHOTO: Pixabay

    A Vast and awesome Universe – Understanding cosmic distance through analogy

    When a budding interest in astronomy is pursued with even a cursory investigation into the nature of our cosmos, one quickly comes to the realization that the human mind cannot fully embrace the awesome extent of it all—the unfathomable distances... Read more

    Oct. 03, 2018

  • Yukon Comic Culture Society

    Embrace your inner geek!

    On August 25, all ages will be given the opportunity to get their geek on as the Yukon Comic Culture Society hosts its Get Your Geek On! Craft fair at the Gold Rush Inn Read more

    Aug. 22, 2018

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    Joie Quarton

    Finding great finds

    The Whitehorse Community Thrift Store Society will be looking to open a local community-minded thrift store to repurpose your stuff! Read more

    Aug. 22, 2018

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    Photo: Erik Pinkerton

    Dancing with the stars

    After testing the waters in 2017 with the first-ever Yukon Star Party, the Yukon branch of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) is bringing back the event, with promises of education, fun and most of all, community engagement. Read more

    Aug. 15, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-07-11, PHOTO: BagoGames on Foter.com

    Fortnite drops at Titan Gaming and Collectibles

    Titan Gaming and Collectibles is adding Fortnite to its menu of gaming options, and they’re marking the occasion with a kickoff tournament on July 14. Fortnite launched as a paid-for game on July 25, 2017, that encouraged cooperative play between... Read more

    Jul. 11, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-05-02, PHOTO: Danny Macdonald

    Full metal and padded jacket

    Many Yukoners will have seen members of the Company of the White Wolf at events around the territory. It’s hard to miss grown men and women dressed in full medieval combat armour, striking each other with swords and axes... Read more

    May 02, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-02-28, PHOTO: Danny Macdonald

    Calling all players who are LFG

    The Whitehorse Dice Knights are providing a haven for roleplaying gamers who are “LFG” – or looking for group – in the Yukon’s capital. The Dice Knights are the brainchild of group organizers Eli Boivin, Siobhan McLeod and Travis Lohner, and they... Read more

    Feb. 28, 2018

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    Issue: 2017-11-01, PHOTO: Catherine Newsome

    eSports: Gamers reach superstar status

    This November one of the most watched sporting competitions on the planet will be broadcast and you likely know nothing about it. On November 4, small groups of Yukoners will gather in living rooms and basements for viewing parties to watch the... Read more

    Nov. 01, 2017

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