Tag Archives: Kitchener

Meet M97 and M108, the Owl and the Surfboard

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Here’s an interesting pairing in the night sky. Meet M97 planetary nebula and M108 spiral galaxy from the Messier Catalog of deep sky objects. While they look side by side from our perspective here on Earth, M97 is actually 2,600 light years distant while the Surfboard galaxy M108 is a whopping 45 million light years away! Both […]

Return to the Horsehead and Flame Nebulae

Horsehead and Flame Nebulae

It’s been quite some time since I imaged this region of space. Nearly 10 years much to my surprise as I thought about it. Returning once again to the Horsehead and Flame Nebulae, I found myself armed with a new equipment and a new set of imaging and processing skills than previous.  Imaging this deepsky […]

Local Kitchener company reduces its light pollution footprint

LED wallpack light unshielded.

Heroux-Devtek of Kitchener recently switched to LED lights without being aware of the environmental impacts it would have. Then they fixed the problem. Most are familiar with land, water and air pollution but few know that artificial light at night can also be a pollutant to our environment. Heroux-Devtek, an aerospace company in Kitchener, Ontario, […]

Energy saving LEDs increasing light pollution globally

energy saving LED increasing light pollution
What was herald by the lighting industry and politicians as a means to combat climate change and save our environment has become the enemy within. Energy saving LEDs are increasing light pollution globally and the latest research science has confirmed it. An interesting article (and links to the research within) written by Andrew Nikiforuk was published [...]

Hydro One (Ontario) agrees to change bad LED lighting

Hydro One bad LED lighting upgrade
[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] Good news in the battle to reduce environmental light pollution! I have received confirmation April 28th, 2017 from Hydro One (Ontario) on changes to their lighting at the Detweiler transformation station […]