Andromeda Galaxy

The Andromeda galaxy (also known as M31) is our sister galaxy. The Andromeda galaxy is a spiral galaxy and the most remote object visible to the unaided eye at a distance of 2,300,000 light years.

Tips and hints and other good things: Get ready to enjoy the Yukon night skies

If this is your first night outside, looking at the stars, there are a few things you can do make the experience much more enjoyable. First, make sure you put your telescope outside for a while to acclimatize. Telescopes have metal bodies, glass and mirrors. These items hold onto heat very well. At about –10°C …

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Distinguished Guests & Distinguished Night Skies

Is the Yukon the best place for amateur astronomers? And how can I experience and discover the vast night sky? Let’s take these questions and sort them out for our distinguished visitors to the Conference of Science Writers. First of all, astronomy in the Yukon is unique. Most people that I chat with across the …

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Yukon Night-Sky Action

Let’s start today’s column with Comet Lulin, which is blazing its way across the Yukon Night Skies. This small and bright comet is really moving quickly across the night sky and can still be seen in binoculars. Moving steadily westward and heading from the constellation of Cancer into the constellation of Gemini. On March 5, …

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A Marathon and a Quick Tour

As March begins, there is excitement in the Yukon Night Sky. It is time for the Messier Marathon. This is an event that most amateur astronomers anxiously await, and the time is just about upon us. So what is a Messier Marathon and what is all this curious excitement about? you ask. Here is a …

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Of Gremlins and Star Clusters

Finally, the weekend has arrived; hopefully, the weather will be clear. All the weather-information sources, including Whitehorse Clear Sky Clock and others, seem to agree that Saturday night should be great. Quickly, we send an astro-alert e-mail to let everyone know we are heading up to Grey Mountain Lookout point after 9 p.m. It is …

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The largest planet, the closest galaxy, and Comet Hartley 2

October is an amazing month for amateur astronomers. Summer constellations like Cygnus, Lyra, Hercules are slowly sinking into the horizon, and winter constellations like Andromeda, Taurus, and Orion are making their way onto the stage of the Yukon night skies. So what are the three best objects to observe in those amazing Yukon night skies? …

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Comet Hartley and Starfest

We are back from an astronomical holiday and raring to go. It is great to be back in such dark Yukon skies with no light pollution. Upon arriving home and taking in the Yukon Night Skies, it is reassuring to see all of the familiar constellations like Cygnus, Lyra, Cassiopeia and Pegasus. Jupiter and her …

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Galaxy Hunting with Binoculars

The new year is well underway and the weather has been a bit unpredictable, to say the least – from warm and cloudy, to a trip straight into the deep freeze. In these conditions, astronomy can become a lesson in futility and frustration. One solution is to get friendly with your binoculars. You can always …

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Stars

200 Billion Stars and Counting

April is upon us, and even though the weather is warm, and the sky is cloudy. People always ask, “What is an northern astronomer to do on a cloudy night?” The first thing to do is apply the 5-Minute Astronomer Rule”. The 5-Minute Astronomer Rule is having your binoculars or small telescope on the front …

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From Down Under to Northern Night Sky Wonders

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 while at a star party, or a Saturday night at the local observing site. …

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