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A new site for stargazing in southern Ontario


Catch the Milky Way or the Perseid Meteor Shower (Photo by Terence Dickinson)
Catch the Milky Way or the Perseid Meteor Shower (Photo by Terence Dickinson)

Staff writers

August 7, 2012 — Looking for a spot to scope out the stars in southern Ontario? A new viewing area has opened, just in time for the Perseid Meteor Shower.

The L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area is the most southerly point in the province to view the night sky without city lights
The L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area is the most southerly point in the province to view the night sky without city lights

Grab your blankets and your binoculars - there's a new stargazing spot in southern Ontario. 

The Lennox and Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area opened to the public this week. Officials say the rural southeastern area is the most southerly point in Ontario where you can see the pristine night sky without the glare of city lights. 

"There's no light pollution and you can see the sky as it looked 100 years ago," says Stephen Paul,Economic Development Manager. "It's the best location in southern Ontario to see the dark sky."

Located 35 km north of Napanee, Ontario, the L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area is open all night long. 

"We've just built a level platform that is up in an observation area," Paul explains. "You can come there any evening with your telescope or binoculars."

Paul says the L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area is also opening at an ideal time - right before the Perseid Meteor Shower

The viewing area is expected to provide an ideal spot to scope out the stars without having to travel north. 

"Light pollution is taking voer the dark skies. In Toronto, there's such light saturation that you can look up and only see a handful of stars," Paul explains. "Once you get away from the urban centres, and particularly in this area, you will see the Milky Way and the light pollution won't be blinding you from what you should be seeing."

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