Goals and Objectives

The Northern Lighthouse Project is a two-phase initiative led by the Astronomy North Society, in partnership with the Northern Frontier Visitors Association and the NWT Mining Heritage Society.

PHASE I: Northern Lighthouse Installation and Outreach (2013-2018)

The Astronomy North Society will work with partners and sponsors to design, install and maintain a series of rooftop lighthouses in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. These lighthouses will be used to raise local awareness of space weather, geomagnetic storms, and the science and splendor of the aurora borealis.

The first phase of the Northern Lighthouse Project aims to achieve the following objectives:
  • Increase opportunities for northern families, visitors and skywatchers of all ages to observe aurora borealis activity;
  • Enhance online access to scientific information about the intensity, frequency and consistency of the aurora borealis above Yellowknife, Northwest Territories;
  • Raise local awareness of space weather, aurora forecasting and geomagnetic storms;
  • Foster new discussions about the design and construction of two commemorative Northern Lighthouses that will support local tourism, promote mining history and serve as new icons for the capital of the Northwest Territories;
  • Raise online awareness of Canada’s Northern Sky;
The first phase of the Northern Lighthouse Project will work towards the following goals:
  • Install and maintain five Northern Lighthouses in primary viewing locations (on or near businesses in Old Town, Downtown, Kam Lake, Frame Lake, Range Lake);
  • Install and maintain Northern Lighthouses in secondary outreach locations (schools, government buildings)
  • Raise $20,000 in support of PHASE II activities.

 

PHASE II: Commemorative Lighthouse Design & Construction (2018-2020)

The Astronomy North Society will work with partners and sponsors to design, construct and maintain a two commemorative Northern Lighthouses in Yellowknife that will support local tourism, promote mining history and serve as new icons for the capital of the Northwest Territories.

The second phase of the Northern Lighthouse Project aims to achieve the following objectives:
  • Increase opportunities for northern families, visitors and skywatchers of all ages to observe aurora borealis activity;
  • Enhance online access to scientific information about the intensity, frequency and consistency of the aurora borealis above Yellowknife, Northwest Territories;
  • Raise local awareness of space weather, aurora forecasting and geomagnetic storms;
  • Design and construct two Northern Lighthouses with distinct linkages to tourism and mining history;
  • Strengthen connection between science, mining and tourism;
  • Raise global awareness of Canada’s Northern Sky;
  • Raise necessary funds to support construction activities.