This issue (Sept/Oct 2014) of SkyNews Magazine, I did an extended (4 pages, instead of the normal 1-2) on Wood Buffalo National Park, in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories/Alberta border (world’s largest dark sky preserve, larger than Switzerland or the moon Mimas – with aurora-viewing is superior to that near cities such as Yellowknife.)
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This summer, I was thrilled to have my first U.S. astronomy article published – a back-page piece on Canada’s dark sky preserves for Sky & Telescope magazine. Below, you’ll find info and links to every single one of Canada’s “astronomy parks”, as well as info on Continue reading “More info on Canada’s dark sky preserves (web extra from Sky & Telescope Aug ’14 issue)” »
This month, I’ve had the honour of writing for Above & Beyond, the in-flight magazine of First Air – one of the airlines that generously brought me to the NWT to speak at their annual tourism AGM.
In that article, I wrote about Continue reading “Above & Beyond magazine aurora column – web extras” »
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Back in August of this past year, I had the chance to tour the Canadian dark sky preserve that is perhaps most shrouded in mystery for most Canadians (and that’s a shame) Mont-Mégantic International Dark Sky Reserve in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.
You can read all about the area in the May/June 2014 issue of SkyNews: The Continue reading “Mont-Mégantic SkyNews dark sky column – web extras” »
Back in May of this year, I had the chance to tour the dark sky preserves of Canada’s Maritime provinces (five in-all.)
One of my favourites – day or night – was New Brunswick’s Fundy National Park and The Hopewell Rocks, about 35 minutes south of Moncton.
You can read all about these areas in the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of SkyNews: The Canadian Magazine of Astronomy & Stargazing (available at Walmart, select Shoppers Drug Marts, many large news stands and via print or digital subscription.)
Here below are the ‘Wilderness Astronomer’ web extras mentioned in the Continue reading “Fundy SkyNews dark sky column – web extras” »
Back in May of this year, I had the chance to tour the dark sky preserves of Canada’s Maritime provinces (all five of them!)
First-up was Nova Scotia’s Kejimkujik National Park, a few hours south of Halifax, not far inland from the South Shore*.
You can read all about the park in the Nov/Dec 2013 issue of SkyNews: The Canadian Magazine of Astronomy & Stargazing (available at Walmart, select Shoppers Drug Marts, and many large news stands.)
Here below are the web extras mentioned in the Continue reading “Kejimkujik SkyNews dark sky column – web extras” »
This September, I spent a week in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories and Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada’s latest dark sky preserve.
At 44,000 square km, “Wood Buff’” is now the Continue reading “Photos from upcoming article on Wood Buffalo national park” »
In the September/October 2013 issue of SkyNews magazine, I took the first look at the dark sky preserves of Eastern Canada. Over the next year, I’ll have reports from a dark sky preserve in Nova Scotia, Quebec, and five in New Brunswick, including the one spotlighted here, Kouchibouguac National Park.
As promised, here some additional photos and information on observing sites, accommodations, and Continue reading “Kouchibouguac SkyNews dark sky column – web extras” »
In the July/August 2013 issue of SkyNews magazine, I took a break from specific stargazing locales in my Wilderness Astronomer column to recommend the top 5 “killer apps” – figuratively and literally – for stargazing in the great outdoors.
As promised, here below – some additional information on how to find and use these game-changing pieces of Continue reading “Wild astro gear column in SkyNews magazine: web extras” »
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In the May/June 2013 issue of Sky News magazine, I write in my Wilderness Astronomer column about a dark sky preserve that never-was.
At times, Ontario Parks calls it a “Provincial Park“…at other times, it’s a “Signature Site“. Continue reading “Kawartha Highlands column in Sky News magazine: web extras” »
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