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2021 Astronomy Year In Review

Looking back to 2021, there were many great space stories in the news including two lunar eclipses back in May and November. By coincidence, two more total lunar eclipses will occur in May and November 2022. We were also entertained by three great meteor showers in January, August and December but the moon ran major interference. The Northern Lights were ...

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Cassiopeia – The Queen

  As the sun sets in the west, the sky slowly turns pastel shades from light to dark blue. This is my favourite time of evening as the brighter stars and planets begin to reveal themselves. Over the next twenty minutes, more tiny dots emerge like celestial popcorn. About an hour after sunset, the sky is full of stars as ...

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Dog Days of Summer

July and August are typically deemed the hottest months of the year in Canada. Nights can be warm and sultry making it difficult to sleep without air conditioning.  A term that you might have heard to describe this season of heat is the “Dog Days of Summer”. It begins in the first week of July and could last a couple ...

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When Dinosaurs Roamed

Turn back time to 230 million years ago when dinosaurs began roaming the earth. Some only relied on a plant-based diet while others were meat-eaters. For a long period, they ruled the lands beneath their feet, never knowing a different world displayed above their heads we call the cosmos. Imagine how dark the starry sky must have looked back then ...

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A great conjunction

  2020 will be a year that will never be forgotten. For the past months, the entire world has suffered a high level of stress and anxiety from this pandemic. Normal routines of going to work, school, restaurants, concerts, sporting events and movies came to a screaming halt. Other than reading, playing games or binge-watching TV, people began looking skyward, ...

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A Telescope for Christmas

As we move closer to the most wonderful time of the year, what do you get that budding astronomer? I always suggest for those who have an interest in the night sky, to begin with a pair of wide-angle binoculars such as 7X35. This translates to seven power magnification with 35-millimetre objectives lenses located in the front. These are not ...

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Antiquity Meets High Tech

Over the past decades, we have witnessed and embraced the advancement of technology in cars, TVs, computers and cell phones. The list goes on and on. We have the opportunity to learn anything via reputable websites over the internet as well as YouTube videos. Although technology has changed, the night sky has appeared the same for countless millennia.   Back ...

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Mars the Red Planet

  Over the past few months, the planet Mars has been steadily brightening and is now at its peak. While it takes Earth 365 days to orbit once around the sun, Mars lies farther away from the sun taking 687 days to complete one lap. Every 26 months and an odd number of days, Earth catches up with slower Mars, ...

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Tired of Cooking? Mississippi Pot Roast & Blueberry Buckle

If you are anything like me – cooking meals for years on end, you have no idea of what to cook next. Here is a dish that I enjoy, you may as well.   It is summer time, and of course you don’t want to cook a pot roast – but here’s an idea… Put this on Saturday morning, grab ...

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Wawa – Looking Back in Time ‘Square Dancing and more’

There’s a whole lotta dancing going on in Wawa… Looks like they shut down the whole block to square dance. Then went on the the Union Hall to continue the evening. It was fun to see the old Legion Hall, White’s Clothing and White’s Grocery Store. Across the was West & Co. (now part of Canadian Tire). We certainly had ...

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Wawa – Looking Back in Time to 1961-62

A selection of highlights from this video.   David has finished converting and uploading his late great uncle Aatto’s 8mm film footage of Wawa and surrounding areas to YouTube. He explains that Aatto was a resident of Wawa in the 1960’s. “He filmed many community events, sporting events and some footage of visiting people.   Aatto never got married.   Based on ...

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Tired of Cooking? Chicken Wings and Empanaditas

If you are anything like me – cooking meals for years on end, you have no idea of what to cook next. Here is a dish that I enjoy, you may as well. One thing I have missed during this pandemic, is my wings. My favourite were the Wawa Motor’s wings – but I have had to find a substitute. ...

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Tired of Cooking? Garlicky Pork Nibbles & Yogurt Cake

If you are anything like me – cooking meals for years on end, you have no idea of what to cook next. Here is a dish that I enjoy, you may as well. Pork is one of my favourites – from schnitzel, chops, goulash and souvlaki. It is so easy to buy a pork loin roast saving the best side ...

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