the Night Sky
This page has been developed to assist you in planning an evening observation
session. Remember the key to a successful observing session is preparedness.
Before you begin...
Information, Environment Canada
Access to a weather website is crucial for all those interested in
the night sky. Whether planning star party or a 5 hour observing run,
the local weather dictates how successful your endeavours will be. When
planning for a winter observing session, please dress warmly. The following
graphic has been provided by the University of Winnipeg's Astronomy
A nighttime favorite for many is the Northern Lights. The following
website includes a realtime satellite image depicting regions favorable
The key to navigating the night sky is a good star chart. The following
star charts offer several observing tips and strategies to ensure a
successful observation session. When using a star chart, a flashlight
with a red filter can be a handy tool. Red lights do not interfere with
Tour the night sky
Starting with the Big Dipper, make your way across the sky finding
constellations and learning about astronomy using this tour of the stars
and accompanying star map.
Observing the Sun
The Sun is a favorite target for many astronomy enthusiasts. The key
to successfully observing the Sun is safety. This page offers several
suggestions for safe and successful solar observing strategies.
Telescope buying guide
This buying guide as been developed for those who are interested in
purchasing a telescope. The guide outlines the different types of telescopes
and offers suggestions for beginner through advanced astronomy hobbyists.
Also included are links to additional website outlining telescope and
Other Observing Resources
created by the
CASCA education Webteam, (2009)