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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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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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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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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... Read 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... Read more

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Issue: 2012-09-20

Astronomy and all its wonders are fascinating regardless of where you are or how much equipment you have. Every year we do the family holiday down in southern British Columbia visiting family and friends. This is a prime opportunity to see a very... Read more

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Issue: 2012-05-24

With the partial solar eclipse taking place on May 20 it seems only fitting to back it up with a partial lunar eclipse. A little known fact is that lunar and solar eclipses always come in pairs, two weeks apart. This partial lunar eclipse is going... Read more

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Amazing weather has made the last couple of weeks an absolute dream for observing, with clear skies, warm temperatures and no pesky insects. The northern lights have been putting on quite a show lately as well. It makes you wonder, if the solar... Read more

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Issue: 2013-05-02

Wondrous views await the cosmic tourist in the month of April. The end of March and the first two weeks of April are sometimes referred to as, the Changing of the Guard. This means the winter constellations are slowly sinking lower into the... Read more

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The Yukon night skies have been alive with planets playing tag with the moon. The last couple of weeks have presented a planetary show, including Mars, Venus and Jupiter in the evening hours, and Saturn in the early morning hours before sunrise... Read more

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Issue: 2012-02-16

As spring approaches, the Yukon night skies sizzle with cosmic happenings. The weather has offered us a few nights of reprieve with well above normal temperatures and clear skies. Read more

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Issue: 2012-01-19

Here comes another year with plenty of amazing sights for the cosmic tourist in this great northern land of ice and snow. Now if the weather would cooperate, we would be rocking! January appears to be an action-packed month of viewing, including... Read more

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Issue: 2011-12-08

We are in for a rare astronomical treat this month. On December 10, early in the morning hours, we are going to experience a total lunar eclipse. This eclipse favours western and northern Canada for a change, and we will be able to see all 51... Read more

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Winter has arrived and the weather is starting to stabilize. With clear skies and reasonably warm temperatures, it is time to grab your parka and head outside to explore those amazing Yukon night skies. So what is there to see, you ask? 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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Issue: 2011-09-22

For most northern astronomers, summer is either solar observing, or waiting for the return of the autumn night skies. The other option is to head to a star party in the southern part of the country. This year we went to one of our favourite star... Read more

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For many amateur astronomers, the passion for deep space observing ultimately leads them to photography and imaging of the night sky. It is a good thing to come home with pictures of your late night observing sessions, sharing with others what you... Read more

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Issue: 2011-03-31

Where were you on Saturday March 19, when the Super Moon occurred? Sounds kind of ominous doesn't it? So, what is a super moon? As the moon orbits Earth, its path is not a perfect circle, but more elliptical in nature... Read more

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With the oncoming of spring, the nights are shorter and temperatures are struggling to rise. The Yukon night skies are also in a state of celestial change. The constellations Leo the Lion and Virgo the Virgin are now clearing the eastern horizon... Read more

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