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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.


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 Read more

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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... Read more

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Issue: 2013-05-23

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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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September is here and the Yukon Night Skies have returned. 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... Read more

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The next time you are outside at night, take a moment and look up at those dark Yukon Night Skies. High overhead you will see the constellation of Perseus, the Hero. This is the home of the infamous Double Cluster. People are always talking about... Read more

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Welcome back to another fascinating year of astronomy in the Yukon. Bad weather this fall has made it a tough go for Yukon amateur astronomers. But let's back up a bit and catch up on the summertime happenings. In July, our astronomy club, Yukon... Read more

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Issue: 2008-12-04

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... Read more

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Issue: 2009-03-19

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... Read more

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Issue: 2009-02-12

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... Read more

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Issue: 2008-12-04

With the middle of winter upon us, the Yukon Night Sky is alive with amazing sights for the cosmic tourist. Dark skies and stable air makes for excellent opportunities to explore and discover this vast universe around us. Read more

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Issue: 2008-12-04

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... Read more

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Issue: 2005-03-25

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 I will put the binoculars and small spotting scopes out for about one ho Read more

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