Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve 4th Annual Star Party

20090906_bhdsp_paintingBeaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve
4th Annual Star Party

A Place For The Future
Celebrating 2009 – The International Year Of Astronomy

Astotin Lake, Elk Island National Park

Sunday, Sep 6, 2009

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada; Parks Canada Agency; Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation and Culture; and Strathcona County welcomed the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage into the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve partnership protecting the night-time environment for all life in the region. The Labour Day weekend marked the third anniversary of the declaration of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve. Come and celebrate with us!

Indoor theatre presentations featured guest speaker Peter Strasser – International Dark Sky Association from Tucson, AZ; Dr Douglas P Hube – ‘The Nearest Star’; and presentations from the local astronomy community. Two special interpretive theatre shows for families – AcroBATS and Galileo’s House Arrest were performed by provincial and national parks staff.

Outdoor activities included public observing with astronomers using a variety of excellent telescopes; children’s activities featuring visitors from Vulcan, AB (complete with Spock ears!); guided hikes and binocular walks (bring your binoculars); and lessons in night geocaching.

Lewis Lavoie, who created the original BHDSP painting at the inaugural event in 2006, dazzled visitors with his performance art by creating another painting during the day. Below are images of Lavoie in action.

Performance artist Lewis Lavoie creates a painting on site, for the BHDSP 2009 star party.

Performance artist Lewis Lavoie with the finished painting.