Yukon Hobbies Stories

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    Issue: 2019-12-04, PHOTO: Dianne Homan

    What’s your story?

    We’re all tellers of stories. Some are one-liners. Maybe you’re with your siblings, and one of you says, “remember the time Grandpa sneezed so hard his false teeth fell in the soup bowl” and you all laugh hysterically. Read more

    Dec. 04, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-12-04, PHOTO: courtesy of the Fireweed Community Market

    Twelve days of holiday cheer

    As the holiday season rapidly approaches, Yukoners find themselves in the full swing of seasonal craft markets. One of the most highly-anticipated events in the calendar, and the largest in the 2019 season, is the 12 Days of Christmas Market Read more

    Dec. 04, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-11-20, PHOTO: Hugh Copland


    Just about every country in the world has caves. Every province and territory in Canada, including the Yukon, has some. Caves have provided shelter to humans and animals. Culturally, they can represent dark pits of mystery or storeholds of treasure. Read more

    Nov. 20, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-10-23, PHOTO: Pixabay

    2019 World Series Primer

    Based on their 107 regular season wins, the Astros should meet the Nationals in the 2019 World Series. Read more

    Oct. 23, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-08-28, PHOTO: Hugh Copland

    Straight talk on joints

    There is a geological feature that has caught human imagination for tens of thousands of years. Read more

    Aug. 28, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-08-07, PHOTO: Omnidoom 999 via Wikimedia Commons

    Brilliant Vega - Our tempestuous neighbour

    Vega is a wild star living a fast and furious life. Being a larger star, it is fusing its hydrogen into helium at a prodigious rate. And at less than a half a billion years old, it is already halfway through its life. Read more

    Aug. 07, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-06-26, PHOTO: Lalithaa Krish

    Tattoo You: Lalithaa Krish

    Hello readers, Do you have a tattoo that is important to you? Is it inspired by something or someone in the Yukon? Please submit a highres image of your ink along with a brief explanation of its significance to Read more

    Jun. 26, 2019

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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

    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/

    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:

    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:

    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

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