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

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... more

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Issue: 2018-10-03, PHOTO: Pixabay

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... more

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Yukon Astronomical Society

Photo: Erik Pinkerton

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. more

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Issue: 2017-10-18, PHOTO: Daniel Brousseau (RASC)

At the end of October, the Takhini Hot Springs, a short 30-minute drive north of downtown Whitehorse, will be turned into a hub for astronomy lovers. The Yukon Astronomical Society (YAS) will be hosting its first annual Star Party from October 20... more

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Issue: 2017-09-20, PHOTO: Neil Zeller

Yukoners – and others – who enjoy celestial pursuits may want to follow the stars to Kluane’s “Northern Nights” Dark Sky Festival at Kathleen Lake this weekend. This is the second time around for this event, which is jointly sponsored by Parks... more

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Issue: 2016-11-09, PHOTO: Anthony Gucciardo

Space, science and sci-fi is one of the strongest current trends in popular media, from the rebooted version of Carl Sagan's Cosmos and the new Star Trek movies to galaxy-print everything, and the I F***ing Love Science Facebook page. more

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Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: by Josh O’Brien

Stargazing has long been part of the human psyche. For thousands of years, we – and our ancestors before us – have turned our eyes upward and wondered. With myths and legends, we have explained the sky’s magic with demons, heroes, gods and... more

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Issue: 2016-08-11

When I was a kid my mom ran a park in the southern interior of British Columbia. Mabel Lake Provincial Park. Mabel Lake is remote and undeveloped. There was electricity in our trailer, but no phone lines. Whatever isolation this lead to during the... more

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Issue: 2016-06-02, PHOTO: Submitted by Jona Barr

Saturn is somewhere in its grand orbit when you’re born. When it comes round again, 29.5 years later, astrologers say it can mean big changes in your life. For Whitehorse musician Jona Barr, it was during his own period of Saturn returning that he... more

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Issue: 2013-05-23

For the last week I have been heading out to my rooftop to see the constellation Hercules and the bright globular cluster that resides there. Even just using binoculars the view is amazing. more

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Issue: 2013-05-02

With May here it is a good reminder that we only have, at best, five weeks of celestial observation left. Recently, I have dedicated much of my time to Comet PanSTARRS and its travels through the Yukon's skies. It has been an amazing journey, ... more

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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 more

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Issue: 2013-05-02

While we were waiting for Comet PanSTARRS to arrive in our skies, we had a chance to get up to the Grey Mountain lookout point. We have not been out to this observation site yet this year, so I was a little apprehensive about the road. But the... 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... more

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Lets hope for some greatly improved weather in February, as the January selection was atrocious. Here's what February has in store for us. Starting off the month on February 3, we have the last quarter-moon, three degrees below Saturn. This ringed... more

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Issue: 2005-03-25

Most people assume astronomy, as a hobby, is sitting all alone in a field with a telescope in the middle of nowhere. Don't get me wrong, sometimes an empty field, a clear night, a telescope or pair of binoculars, and nothing but the stars to keep you more

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Here comes the Yuletide observing season, so get ready to tilt your neck up. There are plenty of cosmic events happening in those amazing Yukon night skies throughout the entire month of December. The month starts off with Jupiter rising at... more

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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

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After a rather busy weekend down at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Center for the Erik's Main Event consumer electronics show, [what day are we on here?] we were unloading a large truck and as we looked up, there were the northern lights. While there... more

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Autumn is upon us and the Yukon night skies are at their best. If you head out early in the evening, you will see the summer constellations slowly sinking into the horizon. Alternately, if you stay up until just before sunrise, you'll be able to... more

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