Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve 9th Annual Star Party

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Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve
9th Annual Star Party

The Brighter Side of Night

Astotin Lake, Elk Island National Park

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014

On Sunday, August 31, Elk Island Park hosted the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve 9th annual event, celebrating the wonders of the night sky. The event featured special astronomy presentations, public solar observing, and public stargazing with Royal Astronomical Society of Canada volunteers.

The Main Stage

2014 Program Brochure

2014 Program Brochure

15:00 – 18:00 The Misery Mountain Boys

Astronomy Field

15:00 Special Guest Presentation
          Solar Astronomy with Stephen Ramsden
15:00 – 20:00 Solar Astronomy
21:30 – 23:00 Star Gazing

Programs and Activities

14:00 – 18:00 The Great Northern Discovery Dome
14:00 – 16:00 Extra Planetary Fun!
14:00 – 16:00 Face Painting and Yard Games
15:30 – 18:00 Indigenous Crafts and Knowledge Display
16:00 – 16:30 Solar System Race
20:00 – 22:30 Red Light Flashlight Making

Astotin Theatre Guest Speakers

19:00 Beaver Hills Preserve Partner Presentations
20:00 Key Note Speaker: Stephen Ramsden
          What’s hot on the sun this summer? Everything!
21:00 Exo-Planets with Dr. Stefan Cartledge

Keynote Speakers

20140831_stephen_ramsdenStephen Ramsden

Stephen Ramsden founded in 2008 and continues to direct a completely grassroots effort – The Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project – which, without government, corporate or university support, has become the highest volume hands-on astronomy nonprofit in the world operating in 17 countries and headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

Stephen and his members personally share the Sun, at the eyepiece, with over 250,000 people yearly through state of the art narrowband solar viewing equipment. Come and look at the Sun with Stephen and listen to his lecture on current solar activity and the importance of science in the community.

20140831_stefan_cartledgeStefan Cartledge

Discover new worlds and explore the universe with Dr. Stefan Cartledge PHD. Stefan Cartledge received his PHD in Astrophysics from the Northwestern University. Dr. Cartledge has taught at MacEwan University for the last 5 years.

 

 

 


Solar Observing (with clouds threatening), by Luca Vanzella.

Solar Observing (with clouds threatening), by Luca Vanzella.

Stefan Cartledge is amazed at the view through the spectroscope as Ross Sinclair and special guest speaker Stephen Ramsden look on. by Luca Vanzella.

Stefan Cartledge is amazed at the view through the spectroscope as Ross Sinclair and special guest speaker Stephen Ramsden look on. by Luca Vanzella.

Clouds and wind moved in for a while. by Luca Vanzella.

Clouds and wind moved in for a while. by Luca Vanzella.

Astronomers hunker down, waiting for the rain to pass. by Luca Vanzella.

Astronomers hunker down, waiting for the rain to pass. by Luca Vanzella.

Solar Observing continued for the rest of the afternoon. by Luca Vanzella.

Solar Observing continued for the rest of the afternoon. by Luca Vanzella.

Long shadows near sunset. by Luca Vanzella.

Long shadows near sunset. by Luca Vanzella.

Sunset at Astotin Lake. by Sharon Morsink.

Sunset at Astotin Lake. by Sharon Morsink.

 Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve 2014 Star Party Panorama by Warren Finlay. CLICK to open.

Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve 2014 Star Party Panorama by Warren Finlay.
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 Sharon Morsink's photos on Google+. CLICK to open.

Sharon Morsink’s photos on Google+.
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 Ross Sinclair's photos on Flickr. CLICK to open.

Ross Sinclair’s photos on Flickr.
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