Stargazing along the Bruce Peninsula

A Cliff on the Bruce Trail

A Cliff on the Bruce Trail (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Mario Carr

Summer camping is a great way to enjoy the night sky. From just about any campground you’re almost guaranteed to see a better night sky. The darker the sky and the further you go from city lights, the better.

From a truly dark summer sky one of the most striking features is the band of the Milky Way. With only binoculars you can see a multitude of galaxies, nebulae and other celestial wonders. Identifying them has never been so easy when using today’s smart phone apps.

One of the best spots in Southern Ontario with dark skies is along the BrucePeninsula. In 2009, Bruce Peninsula National Park was designated as a dark sky preserve. If you would like to experience the night sky like our ancestors once saw it, a camping trip on the Peninsula should be on your bucket list.

Here are July stargazer events. Most are listed in the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers calendar.

Planet watching

Mercury reappears in the eastern dawn sky by July 20. Venus is in the western evening sky. Mars can be seen in the north eastern twilight sky at dawn moving eastward as the month progresses.

Jupiter reappears low in the north eastern dawn sky during twilight early in the month. Saturn can be seen in the western evening sky setting around midnight.

July 3 – Venus is in the Beehive Cluster very low in the western evening sky during twilight.

July 6 – The crescent moon groups with Mars and Jupiter low in the eastern morning sky at twilight.

July 10 – The crescent moon is close and below Venus low in the western evening sky at twilight.

July 13 –Public stargazing event at McQuesten Park, 1199 Upper Wentworth Street, Hamilton, 9- 11 p.m. and observe the universe through telescopes. Non-perishable donations for local food banks would be appreciated.

July 15 – The first quarter moon is only a half degree below Spica in the evening sky.

July 16 – The moon is just below Saturn in the evening sky.

July 21 – Venus is extremely close to star Regulas low in the western evening sky.

July 22 – Mars is extremely close and above Jupiter low in the morning eastern twilight sky. The full moon is also called the Hay Moon.

July 28 – The South Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks.

July 29 – Last quarter moon.

July 30 – Mercury is at its greatest angle from the sun making it easier to see. It’s also below Mars and Jupiter in the eastern morning sky.

For more information, please see the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers web site at www.amateurastronomy.org or call (905) 627-4323.

Mario Carr is the club’s director of public education and appears on CHCH-TV to talk about the night sky. He can be reached at mariocarr@cogeco.ca.

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About Mario Carr

Mario Carr has a Physics degree from McMaster University and hosts this blog. He is the director of public education for the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers and has helped to raise the profile of the group. He writes an astronomy column and appears on CHCH-TV to talk about the night sky. Mario is the founder of the Carr Marketing Group in Burlington, Ontario and can help with your marketing, communications, publicity and public relations needs. He can be reached at www.carrmarketinggroup.com or mariocarr@cogeco.ca.
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