Jasper Dark Sky Festival – This Thursday Through Saturday

Posted on: October 22nd, 2014

The Jasper Dark Sky Festival (which began last weekend) resumes on Thursday. Visit Centennial Field at no charge and watch a partial solar eclipse at 2 pm.

The programming on Friday begins at the Heritage Firehall with videos, displays, and activities to enhance your Dark Sky Festival visit. Click here for more details.

Enjoy a black attired dinner at Evil Dave’s Grill from 7 pm – 10 pm. The amazing five course dinner will be put on by five of the province’s most talented and innovative award-winning chefs.

Head to Lake Annette for the Beyond the Stars event from 8 pm – 11 pm. The interactive programming includes gazing indo deep-sky telescopes from the Edmonton Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and listening to Jasper National Park Interpreters speak on topics from the importance of our Dark Skies status to First Nations’ interpretations of the night sky. The guest speakers will keep their talks entertaining with a twist of pop culture and some quirky takes on current popular topics.

Also throughout the evening, our featured guest speakers will take you past the stars with a twist of pop culture and through space with some quirky takes on current popular topics. Another interactive program offered to amateurs and professionals alike, is Dark Sky photography hosted by Ryan Bray, Jasper National Park’s Digital Media Specialist and other featured photographers. You won’t want to miss this fun and educational evening under the stars!

Saturday is packed with free activities from 11 am – 11 pm. TELUS World of Science Edmonton will present the following programm:

  • Pop Bottle Water Rockets (10 am – 4 pm)
  • Out of This World Science Demonstration (10 am – 4 pm)
  • Live Planetarium Shows (10 am – 4 pm)
  • Family Fun Science(10 am – 4 pm)
  • Reach for the Stars Rocket Launch (1 pm – 3 pm)

Dark Sky Guest Speakers will be presenting on Centennial Field from 10 am – 3 pm, and you can also visit the Park Canada Drop-in Interpretive Tent 1 pm – 4 pm to view displays and participate in engaging activities.

Finally, make your way to Pyramid Island for a Starlight Adventure from 8 pm to 11 pm. You’ll get to experience the wonders of the galaxy with astronomers from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. It’s an amazing opportunity to become a “space traveller”!

Jasper Dark Sky Festival 2014

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