About Pine River Observatory
Pine River Observatory is my mobile and somewhat virtual astronomical observatory. My primary summer observing sites are along Ontario’s west coast – the shore of Lake Huron south of Kincardine. However, being mobile, I’ll set up just about anywhere it makes sense to take a look at the night sky. During the winter months that’s most often in the Hamilton area.
My favourite lakeside observing site is at Lurgan Beach, 44° 5’37.58″N; 81°44’23.24″W.
I’m a biologist by training and career, but have always loved physics and astronomy. Much of that love was kindled when I was a child. I was privileged to have loving and supportive parents and grandparents, who stoked my scientific curiosity, put up with my occasionally strange behaviour (like bringing home all sorts of animals and plants I’d find at the cottage, trying to build sailboats, and, ultimately, following my dreams to become a scientist), and made sure I spent a lot of time with the beautiful dark sky of the Lake Huron shore. Sadly, increasing development even in that area is putting out a lot of light pollution and making it harder to really see the sky as it should be seen. However, there are still great sights to be seen, and images captured. Sometimes the lights produced by our civilization can make for dramatic night-time landscapes.
Professionally, I serve as Head of Science at Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton and Burlington, Ontario. This blog is a private undertaking and is in no way affiliated with RBG. All opinions expressed are my own.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
To contact me, please write to me at sasajewun[at]gmail[dotcom]
- I sometimes use Sasajewun as a user name, and have had the gmail address above for some time. “Sasajewun” is an Algonquian word meaning small brook or river. It is also the name of a lake in Algonquin Park, the site of the Wildlife Research Station where I undertook research for my graduate degrees. The night skys were beautiful there… and still are.