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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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... Read 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... Read more

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Yukon Astronomical Society

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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

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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... Read 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... Read 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. Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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. Read 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, ... Read 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 Read 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... 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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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... Read more

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