Presented by the RASC Edmonton Centre
The sixteenth annual Northern Prairie Star Party will be held at the Black Nugget Lake campground south east of Tofield from September 24 to 29, 2019. Most of our group activities will occur on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28.
This event is open to the public – registration fees apply. Camping fees apply if staying overnight.*
If you need more information or have questions, please email Rick Bramm.
Saturday Afternoon Program (September 28)
Project-based astronomy: a fantastic way to ignite students’ interest in science
Ian Doktor, Jasper Place High School physics and math teacher (with students)
Liftoff! The Story of the First Made-In-Alberta Satellites
Callie Lissina, Project Manager, AlbertaSat, University of Alberta
Solar system dynamics and the remaining outstanding puzzles in our understanding of planetary formation
Brett Gladman, Full Professor, UBC and Canada Research Chair in Planetary Astronomy
More details will be posted in the coming months.
Join us for an unforgettable autumn weekend under the stars at the annual Northern Prairie Star Party at Black Nugget Lake Campground. Bring your telescope and your sense of wonder for stargazing under seriously dark skies (Bortle Scale 3).
Daytime activities abound – the site is located on a major fall migration flyway and offers exceptional birding opportunities. Lake shore campsites are available, with canoeing and fishing at your doorstep.
While bright lights of any kind are not allowed after dark in the star party area, since they immediately destroy fellow astronomers’ dark adaptation, a separate location is available for campers wanting to use bright lights at night.
Access to the site is entirely by paved road about an hour from Edmonton, making this an easy way to join fellow amateur astronomers for some autumn observing at a convenient dark sky site.
It is highly recommended that star party attendees reserve a campground site as soon as possible (starting May 1) by calling the campground operator at 780-663-2421 and stating that they are with Northern Prairie Star Party.
For further information please contact Rick Bramm.