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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... 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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Our Yukon night skies are hosting some special cosmic interlopers for the next couple of months, including Comet Garradd. This little fuzz ball of a comet can be found to the left of the keystone shape of the constellation Hercules. It is easily... 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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The month of May brings warm weather observing - parka not required - a pleasant change of pace. It still gets frosty, though. Last weekend at the observing site (Grey Mountain LookoutPoint) the temperature dropped to minus 6 Celsius. It was... 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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Issue: 2011-02-17

With springtime soon to arrive, Yukon astronomers are gearing up for the event of the year: galaxy hunting season. Unlike game hunting, you don't need tags, and there is no limit. All you need is a clear dark sky and a pair of binoculars mounted... Read more

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Issue: 2011-02-03

The month of February offers long, clear, cold nights, and a chance to explore five of the finest star clusters in the Yukon Night Skies. To begin our cosmic journey look high overhead and you will find the constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer... Read more

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Welcome to an exciting new year in astronomy that promises to be filled with fabulous cosmic events and happenings. The weather of late has been uncooperative at best, and just plain downright annoying the rest of the time. In Whitehorse we were... Read more

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Issue: 2010-12-16

With Christmas soon arriving I am usually bombarded with emails enquiring, what is the best gift this season for a budding Yukon amateur astronomer? Read more

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Issue: 2010-10-07

Friday was day two at Starfest, Canada's most amazing astronomical gathering [Aug. 12-15, 2010], and we were not due to be on stage till 7 p.m. We'd only got back to the hotel room around 4 a.m. that morning, and were at the Starfest observing... Read more

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Summertime is here, and it is going to be a rip-snorting good time, astronomically speaking, that is. Let's get started with holidays and star parties. If you heading out of the territories for the summer, take a few minutes before you leave, and... Read more

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March is one of the most active months for Yukon amateur astronomers. And, this year, we have a visitor making our observing sessions all the more memorable. The timing and location of this visitor is perfect. And who is this cosmic visitor you ask? Read more

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Welcome to nightlife in the Yukon night skies. For starters, let's get acquainted with the night sky as we see it: directly overhead we find the familiar constellation of Auriga and Perseus. Auriga is the home to a triple shot of open star... 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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As the International Year of Astronomy winds down, I am often asked, "What was it all about?" and "Was there anything to come out of it that the average person in the street could benefit from?" The answer to that last one is a resounding, "Yes!" 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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