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Star gazing: No PhD required

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Stargazing tips

Is there anything more beautiful than a clear sky cottage country night? If you know where to look, you can see the big dipper all year in Canada. "Early civilizations recognized a trend of where the Big Dipper at different times of the year and helped them prepare for the change of seasons. The Big Dipper is also used to locate the North Star – Polaris. Contrary to popular belief, Polaris is not the first star to come out at night or the brightest." For more great tips on stargazing in Canada, click the link!

Star gazing: No PhD required

Have you ever stepped outside on a clear moonless night and looked up? A couple dozen of the brightest stars might be seen from large cities, and smaller towns could reveal a hundred or so. To experience the majestic sky, travel to the lovely countryside away from stray lights. Now the sky explodes with an average of 3,000 stars at any given time. The awe-inspiring band is the distant glow of billions more. Our Sun is one of an estimated 200 billion stars that make up the Milky Way Galaxy. This is the same sky your distant ancestors witnessed throughout their lifetimes. Although astronomy is a science, the average star gazer or amateur astronomer does not require a PhD to enjoy the wonders of the night sky. This column will explain the commonly used terms and show that this is a magical place for all to witness, study and enjoy.

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