Northern Prairie Star Party 2018
September 4 – 9, 2018
Black Nugget Lake

The fifteenth annual Northern Prairie Star Party will be held at the Black Nugget Lake campground south east of Tofield from September 4 to 9, 2018. Most of our group activities will occur on Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8.

Saturday Afternoon Program (September 8)

1:45 Starting with a 32-inch mirror
Roman Unyk

2:45 The origin of gold and other very heavy elements in the Universe
Rodrigo Fernandez

3:45 Chasing Aurora Across Alberta
Team Tanner – Darlene and Theresa Tanner

Roman Unyk1:45 “Starting with a 32-inch mirror” – RASC Edmonton Centre member and master telescope builder Roman Unyk will show us how, over the past year, he has been building the telescope that will incorporate the very fine 32-inch Barry Arnold mirror donated by past RASC Edmonton Centre member Bob Drew. The Black Nugget Lake Observatory Committee is planning to install this unique instrument in an observatory to be constructed in 2018-2019.

Rodrigo Fernandez

2:45 “The origin of gold and other very heavy elements in the Universe” – Rodrigo Fernandez, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta will discuss last year’s detection of a neutron star merger and what astrophysicists have been able to deduce about the creation of gold and other very heavy elements in such events.

Team Tanner – Darlene and Theresa Tanner

3:45 “Chasing Aurora Across Alberta” – Aurora and storm “chasers” Darlene and Theresa Tanner, from Alix, Alberta, have been garnering attention from the Weather Network and others as they publish photos of storms and the Northern Lights. Find out how Team Tanner got started, how they gear up for their photographic expeditions and what adventures they have had so far. And wonder at their results!


More details will be posted in the coming months.

It is highly recommended that star party attendees who are planning to camp overnight reserve a site in the northern portion of the campground as soon as possible. Call the campground operator at 780-663-2421 to reserve, stating that you are attending the Northern Prairie Star Party.

If you need more information or have questions, please email Rick Bramm.