What’s new?

Everything is new!

  • Feasibility Study for our first Observatory at the Takhini Hotsprings is almost ready for submission to the CDF. The Board will be reviewing the draft this week, just in time to submit for the July 15th Tier I deadline. Hopefully we can get the full support to finish what we started so that it can be used as of September 2017!!

  • The Department Head of Continuing Education & Training at the Yukon College had received YAS’s non-credit Astronomy program proposal for their review. We are hopeful to get starting in September 2017. This could include offering Astronomy at the College campuses across the Yukon.

  • Air North may partner with YAS and Economic Development, in order to develop a pilot flight in September or October 2017 that will take tourists into the Auroral Oval at 36,000 feet. Using one of their Boeing 737s, the four hour flight will fly north past the Artic Circle, head east towards Yellowknife, and swing back over Watson Lake to Whitehorse. Flight could include a full meal, on-board service, and a nice toast of Champagne on arrival. The Society could provide all the scientific and astrophotography aspects of the project. More to follow!!

  • Over the school holidays, the Society was invited to YuKonstruct’s Makerspace, teeming with a dozen pre-teens as they kicked off their March Break Maker Camp! The 5 day camp consisted of lots of hands on activities and made use of the makerspace’s awesome equipment. The camp participants got to experience laser cutting, bottle rocket building and blast off, 3D design and printing, carpentry, stop animation, robotics and more! Everyone went home each day with items that they’d built/designed/crafted/created.http://yukonstruct.com/2017/04/05/march-break-maker-camp-summary/
  • Dr. Christa van Laerhoven, PhD Planetary Sciences & RASC: Yukon Centre member, was interviewed April 19th, 2017 on CBC North Radio in Whitehorse. TOPIC: PHAs (Potentially Hazardous Asteroids) and the ‘near’ fly-by of 2014 JO25.
  • We have begun establishing links with our US counterparts in Alaska. The Fairbanks Astronomical Unit seems very open to collaborative efforts. I am curious to see where this new branch will lead us.

  • Attached is an Open Letter to ATCO Yukon Electric [rasc-yc-open-letter-atcofor demonstrating social and environmental responsibility through the adoption, and implementation, of night-sky friendly roadway lighting.  Specifically, we recognize the recent installation of appropriately designed warm-white (3,000K) International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) approved LED streetlights in Whitehorse. There is currently a row of the new dark sky approved street lights on Hamilton Blvd extension where it joins Alaska Highway.

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  • Westar Lecture Series: In collaboration with CASCA, the RASC: Yukon Centre will hosted a FREE Westar workshop and lecture program in Whitehorse.  This initiative is targeted to ‘kick-start’ and amplify astronomical literacy in the Territory; thereby facilitating teachers, and other youth leaders, at various levels, to better understand, and become more comfortable with, presenting Astronomy and any of its related topics.
  • A public presentation on Light Pollution and the Yukon, will be held in September at the Yukon College.
  • Proposal to Yukon Education Minister: The Astronomical Program was submitted on 15 September 2016. We have been asked to look into developing and supporting the Astronomy courses in the curriculum.
  • On May 4th 2016, the YAS became the 29th Centre with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, we are currently the Centre representing Canada’s north, for the RASC!!
  • A feasibility study for the Yukon Centre Observatory at the Takhini Hot Springs, funded by the Community Development Fund, is currently underway. Construction has begun, the dome is up!
  • The City of Whitehorse has approved the Observatory on Grey Mountain to be in the Draft Plan of Chadburn Lake’s new park.
  • The YAS is currently working on establishing an ALLSky camera project [YASCAN] in Whitehorse.
  • The YAS newsletter, The Pulsar, is being finalized by the editing team. We plan on distributing it to members on a quarterly basis starting January 2017. If any members have ideas for articles, please submit them to Catheryne Lord as soon as possible and electronically: yukonastronomicalsociety@gmail.com
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We can’t wait to meet fellow amateur astronomers, and everyone who is eager to learn and share about what goes on, up above the sky!