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Jim Borisenko

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Jim Borisenko


Jim Borisenko is a happily retired campground maintenance person living in our spectacular wilderness. He also thinks our long dark un-light-polluted night skies is near the top of the list of the many things that makes the Yukon awesome.


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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: 2019-03-06, PHOTO: Jim Borisenko

Hello Everybody, We invite you to share your photos of Yukon life. Email your high-resolution images with a description of what’s going on to editor@WhatsUpYukon.com. Read more

Yukon See It Here

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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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