Northern Prairie Star Party 2016

20161001_NPSP Shirt Design - LIGO MAKE WAVESThe thirteenth Northern Prairie Star Party will be held at the Black Nugget Lake campground south east of Tofield from September 27 to October 2, 2016. Most of our group activities will occur on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1.

For more information, please review the schedule and rules & regulations (PDF) and the Northern Prairie Star Party main page.

Keynote at 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 1, 2016

David Levy
My life as a comet searcher


NPSP 2016 T-Shirt Design
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Western Canada Star Parties in 2016

Star Parties in Western Canada for 2016.


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Eccles Ranch Observatory, Caroline AB
Jul 8-10, 2016
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Mount Kobau BC
Jul 30 – Aug 7, 2016
sp_ssspSaskatchewan Summer Star Party
Cypress Hills SK
Aug 3-7, 2016
TAWBAS Dark Sky FestivalThebacha & Wood Buffalo
Astronomical Society Dark Sky Festival

Pine Lake Recreation Area Observation Site NT
Aug 18-21, 2016
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Starland Recreation Area AB
Aug 26-28, 2016
spruce_woods_star_party_logoSpruce Woods Star Party
Spruce Woods Provincial Park MB
Sep 2-5, 2016
 Northernnpsp_logo_200 Prairie Star Party
(Sponsored by the RASC Edmonton Centre)
Black Nugget Lake AB
Sep 27 – Oct 2, 2016

Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve
11th Annual Star Party

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Click for a printable poster.

Sat, Sep 3, 2016 – Miquelon Lake Provincial Park
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 – Elk Island National Park
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve’s 11th annual Star Party will be bigger and better than ever before. Taking place over two days at two different locations the Star Party will feature volunteer astronomers from RASC Edmonton Centre to help show you the stars with both solar and night sky viewing. Guest speakers, presenters, displays and activities will keep the whole family entertained at this 2 day celebration.

Click on the posters below for the event schedules.

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International SUNday – June 26, 2016

The RASC Edmonton Centre and the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project present International SUNday.

Event Poster

Come and experience the wonders of our closest star, the Sun! Edmonton RASC and the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project invite you to share the opportunity to safely observe and appreciate our star through specialized telescopes and informative displays. Stop by to receive your own free pair of solar viewing glasses and witness the beauty of the Sun with your own eyes!

When: Sunday, June 26, 2016
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM *

Where: Government House Park
9938 Groat Road, Edmonton

FREE event!   * Weather Permitting


Astronomy Day – May 14, 2016

The RASC Observatory and the TELUS World of Science present International Astronomy Day.

All events are FREE!

* Outside Events Are Weather Permitting
Check @edmontonrasc on Twitter for updates on outside events.

Activities at RASC Observatory and the TELUS World of Science

11:30 AM to 4:30 PM Observatory  Solar viewing. *
TWOSE Lobby  Information Booth Displays and Q&A with our members.
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Gazebo beside Observatory  Telescope Clinic: Bring your telescope and get helpful advice from our expert members.
8:30 PM – 11:00 PM Observatory  Nighttime viewing. *

Sidewalk Astronomy *
8:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Join our volunteers for Sidewalk Astronomy and enjoy the springtime night sky at the following locations:

  • Gazebo Park in Old Strathcona, on 83 Avenue between 103 and 104 Streets
  • The Promenade overlooking Victoria Park, on the south side of 100 Avenue at 118 Street

* Outside Events Are Weather Permitting

Transit of Mercury – See Mercury Cross the Sun
May 9, 2016

The Transit of Mercury on November 8, 2006 Credit Brocken Inaglory (Own work) [GFDL]

A rare astronomical event will occur during the morning of Monday, May 9, 2016 when Edmonton skies will see a Transit of Mercury. A transit of Mercury occurs when the orbits of Mercury and Earth around the Sun line up in such a way that, from certain places on Earth, the planet Mercury can be seen to cross the face of the Sun over the course of a few hours. On May 9, as seen from Edmonton, the transit will be in progress at sunrise, which is at 5:41 AM! But you don’t have to get up that early to see it since the event will take a leisurely 7 hours to complete.

Planetary transits are among the rarest of astronomical events. To see Mercury transit the Sun, you’ll need the magnifying power of a telescope that is fitted with a specialized filter to protect your eyes (see Viewing the Transit Safely below). Viewed this way, Mercury appears as a little black dot slowly moving across the face of the Sun. The transit presents a rare opportunity to witness a planet’s orbital motion in real time.

The most recent transit took place a decade ago, on November 8 2006, and after the upcoming May event, you’ll have to wait until November 11, 2019, for you next opportunity. So don’t miss it!
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Sidewalk Astronomy April 15-16, 2016


The RASC will be setting up telescopes on sidewalks for free views of the Moon and Jupiter, at the following locations.

Friday, April 15, 8:30 – 11 PM

  • Gazebo Park in Old Strathcona
    83 Avenue between 103 and 104 Streets
  • The Promenade overlooking Victoria Park
    South side of 100 Avenue at 118 Street
  • South-west side of St. Albert Place
    5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert

Saturday, April 15, 9:00 – 11 PM

  • The Promenade overlooking Victoria Park
    South side of 100 Avenue at 118 Street
  • South-west side of St. Albert Place
    5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert

Total Lunar Eclipse
Sunday evening September 27

A significant astronomical event will take place during the evening hours this Sunday, September 27, when Edmonton skies will be graced by a total eclipse of the Moon. A lunar eclipse is one of the most accessible astronomical events, visible to the naked eye, or through the lens of binoculars, telescope, or camera.


Each phase of a lunar eclipse can last an hour or so, since it takes the Moon roughly that long to move its own diameter against the sky; totality can last somewhat longer due to the substantial size of Earth’s umbral shadow at the Moon’s distance. In this case the “total” phase of the eclipse will last 72 minutes, from 8:11 to 9:23 pm MDT.

One place to view this event is at the Public Observatory at TELUS World of Science – Edmonton and the adjoining meadow in Coronation Park where additional private telescopes will be set up by members of Edmonton RASC, which also provides the lion’s share of volunteer interpreters inside the Observatory. Weather conditions permitting, the facility will be open for its normal Sunday evening shift from 7-10 pm and through to the end of the partial phases. The Public Observatory at TELUS World of Science is open to everyone, free of charge.

The University of Alberta Observatory (5th Floor, CCIS Building) will also be open from 9:00 – 9:30 pm for students and public to observe the last part of totality. The Moon will be blocked from view by other campus buildings for the earlier portion of the event.
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