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The Winter night sky in the Fall

Pleiades star cluster rising high overhead in the early Fall pre-dawn sky of September

I was up very early this morning, September 3rd, and noticed it was clear out. The clouds had drifted off over night some time. I put my jacket on and went outside to have a look at the sky. My old friends of the Winter night sky are making their return. You can now see […]

Light pollution dome from Kitchener and Waterloo

Light dome from Kitchener-Waterloo caused by artifical light sources (street lights, porch lights, business lights and signs). This not only washes away the stars in the night sky but also has been linked to negative affects on our night time environment health (ecology).

Badly designed and implemented outdoor lighting such as street lights, house lights, business lights and lit signs all contribute to light pollution. This negatively effects not only our night sky but our nocturnal environment, the ecology of it, which in-turn effects people, wildlife and even air quality. The effects of light pollution are not confined […]

Moon and Venus before dawn

Moon and Venus February 26, 2014

Just a quick post here… very cold this morning, February 26, 2014. The Moon and Venus were a close pairing in the pre-dawn sky. I was out driving and was able to stop and take this photo of these celestial bodies over an industrial factory. Lucky I still had my Canon DSLR and lens with […]

Northern Lights Dance in the Night Sky

October 8th 2013 Northern Lights, Ontario, Canada

Always an amazing sight to see – the Northern Lights October 8th 2013 (Aurora Borealis) painted the evening night skies of Ontario green, red and purple. View high resolution image here Curtains of shimmering light along with intense pillars of colour could be seen shooting up into the night sky. Eyewitness reports being posted on […]

IC405 and IC410 Nebulae in Auriga

IC405 and IC410 Nebula in Auriga. Shawn Nielsen 2013

This is an H-alpha narrowband image of IC405 and IC410 nebulae in Auriga. IC405 is also known as the Flaming Star Nebula (SH 2-229, or Caldwell 31) is an emission/reflection nebula). IC410 is famous for the “tad poles” visible in it upon closer inspection. Embedded inside IC410 is NGC 1893 an open star cluster. All […]

IC5146 The Cocoon Nebula

Ic 5146 The Cocoon Nebula. Shawn Nielsen 2013

The Cocoon nebula floats like an island in the farthest reaches of space surrounded by an ocean of dark clouds. This image data was acquired on August 10th, 2013 in northern Ontario, Canada. Cottage country in the South Bruce Peninsula, along the shore of Lake Huron. View high resolution image here The Cocoon Nebula is […]