Moon Phases 

  • New Moon is completely black.
  • Waxing Crescent Moon is not yet half lit on the right side.
  • The First Quarter is half lit on the right side.
  • Waxing Gibbous Moon is more than half lit on the right side.
  • Full Moon is all lit up.
  • Waning Gibbous Moon is more than half lit on the left side.
  • The Last Quarter is half lit on the left side. 

What's Up Tonight?

  • Sky and Telescope Magazine has a section on observing with current topics of interest.
  • offers a monthly starchart for downloading. It's in .pdf format, which requires Adobe Reader.  
  • If you want to spot the International Space Station (ISS) and other satellites (Iridium flares seem to be a popular source of entertainment these nights), check out Heavens Above, which will tell you when Objects Of Interest will be passing overhead.

Educational Resources for Kids & Teachers

bullet shooting starTwillingate Astronomical Observatory Educational Tours: Contact Us.

bullet shooting starNASA Kids' Club - super fun and educational interactive games & activities.

bullet shooting starNASA FTCSC Educational Page - This page was designed to provide activities, resources, and information on space food and space-related topics for educators and students. Super cool!

bullet shooting starThe National Air and Space Museum - a powerhouse of information, links, resources and online avtivities.

bullet shooting starOld Farmer's Almanac for Kids - Skywatch, weather, moon phases, online puzzles and games.

bullet shooting starKidstronomy - a powerhouse of games and activities for kids!

bullet shooting starCanadian Space Agency - activities and resources for all ages and educators.

bullet shooting starBusy Bee Kids Crafts - Free Space Craft Printables.

bullet shooting starAmateur Astronomy Online - Journey through Amateur Astronomy and Space with Astronomy for Kids Online.

bullet shooting starKids National Geographic - Features different people, animals, and places each month with facts, games, activities, and related links.

bullet shooting starNASA The Space Place - games, animations, projects, and fun facts about Earth, space and technology.

bullet shooting starNOAA / National Weather Service:

bullet shooting starQuest NASA - offers a wide range of FREE online tools and resources for teachers, students, parents and others including Web and print lesson plans, educator guides and workbooks (below are just a few of the cool pages at Quest NASA):


Simon Dawson - the Atro-Tech Guy

Simon is another amateur astronomer and a great friend and of mine. We both share the same plans for the future. Between the two of us we want to change the way people look at the sky, whether they be interested adults, children or teenagers.

We are hoping to bring together at least a small group of individuals, who like us, find great enjoyment in learning about the heavens and sharing with astronomers and scientists the joy and excitement of their discoveries as they now seem to be happening in leaps and bounds. With a sufficient number of interested people we would like to put together a formal astronomy club. Once in place, scheduled events of observing or simply talking and learning can be a regular part of our meetings together. All is required is a desire to learn, and here at the Twillingate Astronomical Observatory we have a fairly large astronomy library with lots of star charts and current magazines showing us all that‘s new in the sky on a day to day basis. Drop us an email, we would love to hear from you.


Simon Dawson's Website
The Tech Guy, Simon Dawson
Visit his Website HERE.

Organizations Links

The Royal Astronomical Society of CanadaThe Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Canada's National Astronomy Society. Dedicated to the advancement of astronomy and allied sciences.

RASC: Halifax Centre - The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Halifax Centre.

RASC: St John's Centre - The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, St. John's Centre.

The Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO) - The University of Arizona, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.

Meteorite and Impacts Advisory Committee (MIAC) - MIAC is a volunteer group of geologists and astronomers which serves as the coordinating body for meteorite and impact reporting and research in Canada.

The Planetary Society - The world's largest space-interest group, is dedicated to inspiring the public with the adventure and mystery of space exploration. 

Equipment Links

Celestron - Manufactures Telescopes, accessories, optics, computerized telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes and microscopes for serious and amateur astronomers.
Dome Observatories - Technical Innovations. Manufacturer of Home-Dome and Pro-Dome Observatories.
Efston Science - Astronomy SuperStore, Canada’s largest hands-on display of telescopes & optics!
Khan Telescope - Retail Store and Large Telescope Display, founded in 1986.
Meade Instruments - A world leader in the manufacturing of Telescopes, Solar Telescopes, Microscopes, Optics, Binoculars, for amateur astronomers and hobbyists.
Sky Shed Plans - Provides Quality Roll-Off Observatory Plans, Kits and Telescope Piers.
Sky-Watcher Telescopes - Telescopes as well as tips on choosing a telescope and observing the night sky.

Miscellaneous Links

Astronomy Magazine - Interactive Star Charts, Planets, Meteors, Comets, Telescopes.
Astronomy Now Online - UK's longest standing astronomy magazine, providing a monthly source of information for amateur and professional astronomers alike.
Astronomy Online - Astronomy Information and Resources.
Auk Island Winery
Directory of Amateur Observatories - Examples of small observatories that individual amateur astronomers have built for personal use.
Heavens Above - Satellite information.
Sky and Telescope - The Essential Magazine of Astronomy. News, observing tips, how-to advice, and more!
SkyNews - Canada's Magazine of Astronomy and Stargazing.
Skymaps - Monthly star charts for you to explore, learn and enjoy the night sky.