In the May/June issue of SkyNews Magazine, I wrote an open letter to Ontario Parks, petitioning them to Continue reading “SkyNews web extras: More photos from Lake Superior Provincial Park, ON” »
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SkyNews web extras: More photos from McDonald Park, BC
In the March/April edition of Sky News Magazine, I wrote about McDonald Park, near Abbotsford, BC. Continue reading “SkyNews web extras: More photos from McDonald Park, BC” »
SkyNews web extras: Exploring Old Man On His Back Ranch, SK
In the Jan/Feb 2016 edition of SkyNews Magazine, I wrote about Old Man On His Back Ranch, a Nature Conservancy of Canada area designated a Nocturnal Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC.)
In addition to being perhaps the perfect dark sky observing location in Canada, the area Continue reading “SkyNews web extras: Exploring Old Man On His Back Ranch, SK” »
SkyNews web extras: Planetarium opens in Jasper dark sky preserve, AB
This past spring, I accepted the position in Jasper National Park and Dark Sky Preserve as full-time astronomer-in-residence, as well as manager and senior-presenter at The Jasper Planetarium.
I’ll actually be dividing my time between Ontario and Alberta now but since writing the initial article on new happenings in Continue reading “SkyNews web extras: Planetarium opens in Jasper dark sky preserve, AB” »
SkyNews web extras: First nations constellations
As-promised, here’s the star chart of a whole sky filled with a selection of until-recently-lost constellations mentioned in my latest column in the July/Aug 2015 edition of SkyNews: These are the constellations of the Ojibway, Cree, Blackfoot, and other First Nations of what is now known as Canada.
The chart you see here is the first-known all-sky view of many of the characters from this land as seen as patterns in the sky thousands of Continue reading “SkyNews web extras: First nations constellations” »
SkyNews web-extras for ‘Best-of’ 20th anniversary article
In the special 20th anniversary issue of the May/June 2015 issue of SkyNews: The Canadian Magazine of Astronomy & Stargazing, I rounded-up the top events, experiences, and amenities in Canada’s dark sky preserves.
As mentioned at the end of the article, here’s some more info and photos from such preserves as Wood Buffalo, Jasper, Mont Mégantic, and Continue reading “SkyNews web-extras for ‘Best-of’ 20th anniversary article” »
SkyNews Irving Nature Park column + East Coast tour wrap-up – web extras
This column marks the conclusion of a two-year odyssey through the six dark sky preserves of Eastern Canada and Quebec on assignment for SkyNews: The Canadian Magazine of Astronomy & Stargazing.
Most of the actual trip took place in one Continue reading “SkyNews Irving Nature Park column + East Coast tour wrap-up – web extras” »
SkyNews Grasslands East Block column – web extras
On the way back from the Canadian Science Writers’ Association conference just over a month ago, we stopped by the town of Val Marie, SK (pop. 136) on the edge of Grasslands National Park. Continue reading “SkyNews Grasslands East Block column – web extras” »
SkyNews Mount Carleton column – web extras
This issue (Nov/Dec 2014) of SkyNews Magazine, I did a column on Mount Carleton Provincial Park, in New Brunswick. Here are some more features and amenities in the park that I didn’t have room to elaborate on in the column:
– The Mariner
– Au P’tit Cafe Corner
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SkyNews Wood Buffalo column – web extras
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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