Astronomy

Dr. Chris Willott of the Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre in Saanich served as co-lead for Canada’s contribution to the James Webb Space Telescope. (Photo Courtesy of Chris Willott)

Space telescope to explore earliest galaxies thanks to work of Greater Victoria scientists

Team at Herzberg research centre helped design the James Webb Space Telescope

 

Sean Baxandall was driving south of Campbell River when he saw a bright flash of light (centre of screen) moving fast through the sky on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021. (SCREENSHOT FROM VIDEO)

VIDEO: Loud boom, bright light likely a meteor, says Vancouver Island seismologist

Island-wide reports are tell-tale signs of an exploding meteor

 

This Andromeda Galaxy photo was snapped by Qualicum Beach’s Ron Fisher from his backyard using a Canon EOS with a 300mm telephoto lens on an equatorial tracking mount. (Ron Fisher photo)

Vancouver Island man captures photo of Andromeda Galaxy from his backyard

Fisher uses Canon EOS with 300mm lens to snap pic

 

Randy Enkin, president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Victoria, uses a sextant, a tool used to determine angles between the horizon and a celestial body such as a star. (Photo by Eva Bild)

Weather poised to present ideal Perseid meteor shower for viewers in Greater Victoria

Seek dark skies away from the city for best views, astronomer says

Randy Enkin, president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Victoria, uses a sextant, a tool used to determine angles between the horizon and a celestial body such as a star. (Photo by Eva Bild)
Photo captured by Victoria’s Robert (Lucky) Budd on June 3 shows Jupiter’s stripes, and one of its moons (photo on right). (Lucky Budd/Twitter)

Victoria writer, now photographer, captures Jupiter in daytime shot

Lucky Budd’s image shared nearly 5,000 times on Twitter

Photo captured by Victoria’s Robert (Lucky) Budd on June 3 shows Jupiter’s stripes, and one of its moons (photo on right). (Lucky Budd/Twitter)
Greater Victoria residents can celebrate International Astronomy Day May 15 with a virtual ‘Star Party’ hosted by the Friends of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory and the Royal Astronomical Society. (Black Press Media file photo)
Greater Victoria residents can celebrate International Astronomy Day May 15 with a virtual ‘Star Party’ hosted by the Friends of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory and the Royal Astronomical Society. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bill Almond’s observatory in its new home on a Saanich lakeside. (Submitted/Cameron Burton)

Colwood stargazing dome makes a move to Saanich

The backyard structure finds a new home after 30 years

Bill Almond’s observatory in its new home on a Saanich lakeside. (Submitted/Cameron Burton)
In this Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 photo made available by NASA, Saturn, top, and Jupiter, below, are seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Va. The two planets are drawing closer to each other in the sky as they head towards a “great conjunction” on Monday, Dec. 21, where the two giant planets will appear a tenth of a degree apart. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

Jupiter and Saturn align in our skies tonight, to form the Great Conjunction

Stargazers typically gather in groups at observatories or with backyard telescopes for such events

  • Dec 21, 2020
In this Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 photo made available by NASA, Saturn, top, and Jupiter, below, are seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Va. The two planets are drawing closer to each other in the sky as they head towards a “great conjunction” on Monday, Dec. 21, where the two giant planets will appear a tenth of a degree apart. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)
Mars will appear orange and distinct in the night sky this month. (Damian Peach photo)

Mars jumps out from the night sky

Mars is the brightest it’s been in 15 years this October

Mars will appear orange and distinct in the night sky this month. (Damian Peach photo)