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Fundy StarGaze VII

September 15 - September 16

Image Credit: Mike Powell

Come join us at Fundy National Park for our 7th annual StarGaze star party. All star party activities will be happening at the Chignecto South campground.

Members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will have telescopes to allow the public to view the wonders of the night sky (weather permitting). Preceding the nighttime observing will be a presentation on what you can expect to see through the telescopes. During the daytime, there will be solar-filtered telescopes which will allow you to see a close-up view of the sun. If you need help using or tuning-up your telescope, we’re offering a free telescope clinic. See the schedule below to learn when these activities will occur.

All of the star party activities are free of charge for everyone, and registration is not required to participate as a spectator (normal fees and permits still apply if you’re camping at the park). Please be advised that white light flash lights must be pointed down while on the observing site to preserve the dark adaptation of the spectators’ eyes. Red flash lights are preferred.

We’ll be on hand all weekend from Friday evening til Sunday morning, and can provide information regarding the weekend’s events as well as answer any astronomy-related questions you may have.


RASC Member Registration

The general public is welcome (and encouraged) to join us in our activities. If you’re not a RASC member and you require a campsite, please reserve your site via Parks Canada by calling 1-877-RESERVE, or reserve online.

If you’re a RASC member, and you’ll be volunteering with your telescope, please register online for your spot (RASC members only).


Schedule

Friday, September 15

8:00 PM – What’s Up Talk

We’ll preview the night’s astronomical showpieces with a slide show, and will talk about what to expect to see through the telescopes.

 

8:30 PM – Public Observing (weather permitting)

We’ll have an array of different telescopes and binoculars to look through at various star clusters, double stars, galaxies and nebulae. There’s also a good chance we’ll be able to observe the planet Saturn and its rings before it sets early behind the trees.

 


Saturday, September 16

10:30 AM – Telescope Clinic

Bring along your telescope for a free set and tuning. If you need instructions on operation, there will be amateur astronomers on hand to guide you through the use and set-up of your telescope. In tandem, one of our astrophotographers will be there to show you how to take pictures of the Milky Way with your camera, and to answer any questions related to photographing the night sky. There will even be instructions on using your smart phone to snap pics through your telescope.

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Solar Observing (weather permitting)

RASC-NB members will be on hand to show safe and enjoyable ways to observe the sun with various telescopes designed specifically for the Sun, our closest star.

 

8:00 PM – What’s Up Talk

We’ll preview the night’s astronomical showpieces with a slide show, and will talk about what to expect to see through the telescopes.

 

8:30 PM – Public Observing (weather permitting)

We’ll have an array of different telescopes and binoculars to look through at various star clusters, double stars, galaxies and nebulae. There’s also a good chance we’ll be able to observe the planet Saturn and its rings before it sets early behind the trees.

 


Where to Find Us

All star party activities will be held near the shelter in the Chignecto South Campground. The map below shows where you can park, as well as the path leading up to the observing site.

[Satellite imagery courtesy of Google Maps]

Contact the Organizers

Details

Start:
September 15
End:
September 16
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Organizer

RASC NB
Website:
http://www.nb.rasc.ca

Venue

Fundy National Park
Fundy National Park
Alma, New Brunswick E4H 1B4 Canada
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Phone:
506-887-6000
Website:
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/nb/fundy/index
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