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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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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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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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Valentine's Day has arrived and according to my online weather forecast, it might actually be clear this evening. A quick check on the aurora forecasts, and they all seem to basically agree: there will be little or no northern lights this evening... 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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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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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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Issue: 2008-12-04

As the end of May approaches, and June begins, we notice darkness at midnight. Living in the 60-degree latitude and above means that in the months of June, July and the first week of August, the sky doesn't even get truly dark. Does this mean that... Read more

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The clock is ticking, soon the Yukon Night Skies will disappear, and sunlight will dominate. It seems like only yesterday that you had to rush out right after work to be at the observing site, before darkness falls ... now darkness approaches... Read more

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Issue: 2009-02-12

It is Friday night, and everyone is waiting for a great northern light show. The night skies are clear, and we are ready. After several hours, we are left disappointed; we have not seen even a single green spear of light, let alone a full display... Read more

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With all this wonderful warm weather, there is a price to pay for amateur astronomers in the Yukon. As a springtime rule, warm weather brings cloudy and unstable skies. Every once in a while though, we get a break, and the next thing you know you ar Read more

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Issue: 2010-03-04

Where are the Northern Lights? The answer as far as I can tell is two-fold. First, we have been pummelled with atrocious weather and, second, most of the Northern Light activity seems to be taking place in the High Arctic... Read more

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Issue: 2008-12-04

The biggest problems experienced by amateur astronomers, who live in the Yukon and the northern limits of civilization, is the cold. The cold is brutal on the human element, and is capable of wreaking all kinds of havoc on astronomy gear -- from... Read more

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Issue: 2009-02-12

As the month of February begins, many people resort to moving indoors and miss one of the greatest light shows ever to be seen. The night skies are alive with cosmic happenings waiting to be discovered and explored. In the early evening hours, ... 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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Issue: 2009-02-12

The weather is returning to a more normal routine, and although I do love the warmer weather, it does make for cloudy nights, offering few opportunities for deep-sky observing. It is Saturday night, the temperature is minus 18 and the wind is... Read more

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December is, as always, an action-packed viewing experience full of discovery and adventure for all Yukon amateur astronomers. There are dazzling delights for anyone with binoculars or a telescope and the inclination to look up. All we need now is... Read more

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Issue: 2008-12-04

As winter sets in, the planets are making a spectacular showing. In the morning hours, the planet Venus is clearly visible even at 7 a.m. While waiting to take the bus to work in the morning, I happen to look to the eastern horizon and, much to my... Read more

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Issue: 2005-03-25

As the International Space Station (ISS) approaches completion, it is so bright that some observers have glimpsed it during daylight hours. To do this, the sun must be low in the sky. To find out where to look in the sky, go the website www.heavens- Read more

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As the month of October closes and frosty November begins, the window of opportunity for observing Mars begins. This little red planet has captured everyone's attention and curiosity. Is there life on Mars? and where are the Martians? The Earth... Read more

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