Yukon Astronomical Society
Astronomical tourism goes back many centuries at sites as widely dispersed as Nabta Playa, Stonehenge, Chichen Itza, and in the United States, Cahokia, the Bighorn Medicine Wheel, Mesa Verde, and Chaco Canyon. Many of the above locations had specific purposes related to agriculture and other traditional practices. Astronomical tourism in recent times includes traveling to a park to enjoy the beauty of the night sky.
Located at the Takhini Hot Springs, in one of the darkest points close to Whitehorse, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada: Yukon Centre Observatory (YCO) is Canada’s newest and ONLY public astronomical observatory North of 60. Our Celestron Ultima 11″ (279mm) Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope is capable of revealing celestial objects 10,000 times fainter than the faintest objects visible to the naked eye!
Our star gazing tour offers a complete hands-on astronomy and telescope experience, viewing planets, nebulas and distant galaxies. Take a tour of the stars with our constellation show, then head up into the dome for amazing views through our telescope!
A Complete Astronomy Experience
From an orientation to the stars up on our observation deck to hands-on viewing of distant planets, nebulas and galaxies through a telescope comparable to those used for public viewing at the largest mountain-top research observatories in North America, the Yukon Centre Observatory offers visitor a complete astronomy experience unlike anything previously available in the North!
The Observation Deck
Over 700m in elevation, the observation deck of the Yukon Centre Observatory overlooks the Ibex Valley, allowing unobstructed views of the entire sky. View a plethora of cosmic sights including:
•Moons of Jupiter
•Rings of Saturn
•Galaxies 100 million light years away
•Tattered remains of supernovas
•Celestial maternity wards of newborn stars
•Clusters of stars as old as the Milky Way Galaxy
•Craters on our moon up-close
•Solar storms and sun spots
The views are spectacular… come and see for yourself!
Call (250) 408-4838 to book today!