Dark Sky

17 Feb

Last night was a good night for taking pictures of the night sky at the Lennox and Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area; cold and clear with no moonlight (waxing crescent moon of only 1%). It’s the most southerly viewing area in Ontario and only about an hour’s drive north from Kingston. I took some pictures of the Orion constellation in the south, M42 nebula is 1,344 light years away. In a north looking picture I can see the Andromeda galaxy, 2.5 million light years away.

Here’s a sky chart to clarify.

There was a pack of coyotes close by and by their yips, barks, and group howls I think they were asserting their rights to the location. It’s mating season and having my female dog in the car did give me reason to be concerned. So I only spent about half an hour viewing and taking pictures and decided to leave.

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