Northern Prairie Star Party


Presented by the RASC Edmonton Centre

Northern Prairie Star Party 2024

The Northern Prairie Star Party (NPSP) will run from Tuesday, September 3 to Sunday, September 8, 2024, with most of our group activities planned for Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7. It is being held at the Black Nugget Lake Park located about an hour’s drive from Edmonton. The campground is also the location of our Black Nugget Lake Observatory.

This year we have ONLINE REGISTRATION for all aspects of the event, including reserving campsites, ordering T-shirts, paying attendee fees, and signing up to volunteer.

This year we are asking that ALL those planning to attend NPSP to PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE – this will assist with our planning. The final deadline for registering (attendees, campsite and T-shirt) and payment is Thursday, August 15, with payment via e-transfer. The link to the NPSP registration page can be found here: NPSP 2024 Registration Form 

RASC Edmonton Centre has booked the northern part of the campground for use by star party event attendees – for use during the entire event. Campsites will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. With a limited number of sites with power, we encourage NPSP attendees wishing to camp overnight to book as soon as possible. The Online Registration Form contains an updated map showing the locations of campsites available to NPSP participants. Note that site numbers have changed for 2024!

June 7th update: As of this date, all the powered sites have been spoken for by registered NPSP participants. The remaining available sites are non-powered. If you have not yet registered and need electricity for your RV you have the option of booking a powered campsite outside the NPSP event area in Black Nugget Lake Campground by going to their online registration page. For those who would like to set up a telescope at the NPSP site for one or more evenings, we will be accommodating astronomers and their equipment with a set-up area near the Black Nugget Lake Observatory. Confirm the location of the set-up area with the NPSP organizers at the Registration Table when you arrive.

We are pleased to let you know that Dr. Christa van Laerhoven has accepted our invitation to be the keynote speaker on the afternoon of Saturday, September 7. Christa is a planetary scientist and educator. She gained her Ph.D. from the Department of Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona, with her research concentrating on long-term changes in the orbits of planets. Her ongoing areas of interest include orbital dynamics – particularly the dynamics of the Kuiper Belt and of multi-planet extra-solar systems, planetary atmospheres and Canada’s role in the return to the Moon. Christa is currently the President of the RASC Yukon Centre. More details on her presentation – as well as the two other Saturday talks and other program elements – will be provided when available. Please check back for updates. Here is a link to the 2024 Schedule (as of May 20) as well as the event Ground Rules.

If you have questions or need more information, you are welcome to get in touch by email with the: NPSP Planning Team.

For reference, you can read about NPSP 2023 here:

For further information please email the NPSP Planning Team.

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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.

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 attendees reserve a campground site as soon as possible (starting May 28) by contacting the NPSP Planning Team.

For further information please contact NPSP Planning Team.

Future Northern Prairie Star Parties

Sep 16 – Sep 21, 2025
Sep 8 – Sep 13, 2026