Northern Prairie Star Party

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Presented by the RASC Edmonton Centre

Northern Prairie Star Party 2019
September 24 – 29, 2019
Black Nugget Lake

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.*

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

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

Saturday Afternoon Program (September 28)

1:45 pm
Project-based astronomy: a fantastic way to ignite students’ interest in science
Ian Doktor, Jasper Place High School physics and math teacher (with students)

2:45 pm
Liftoff! The Story of the First Made-In-Alberta Satellites
Callie Lissina, Project Manager, AlbertaSat, University of Alberta

3:45 pm
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.


Telescope Clinics

Are you going to NPSP and are you going to bring your telescope? Are you confused about using your telescope? Then keep reading.

More details will be posted in the coming months.


Observing Certificates

More details will be posted in the coming months.


T-Shirts

More details will be posted in the coming months.


Spectacular Prizes!!

More details will be posted in the coming months.

Interested in Donating a Prize?

If you would like to donate a prize, please email Rick Bramm.


* 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. Starting May 1, 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.


Important Information

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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.

Future NPSP Dates:
Sep 15 – Sep 20, 2020