Northern Prairie Star Party

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Presented by the RASC Edmonton Centre

Northern Prairie Star Party 2022

2022 Northern Prairie Star Party

The 17th annual Northern Prairie Star Party (NPSP) was held at the Black Nugget Lake campground southeast of Tofield, Alberta, from September 20 to 25, 2022. We enjoyed four nights of dark sky viewing and a busy Saturday with Black Nugget Lake Observatory building tours, solar observing, three excellent speakers, a variety of door prizes, and a BBQ followed by a great evening of sky viewing.

Please see the October issue of Stardust for a report on this event.

The 2022 NPSP was open to the public – registration fees applied: $30 per person and $60 for a family. Camping fees appled if staying overnight – the northern portion of the campground had been reserved by RASC-Edmonton Centre. The process for reserving a site in that area is described below. Continue Reading →


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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 1) by contacting the Northern Prairie event coordinators, Susan and Rick Bramm.

For further information please contact Susan and Rick Bramm.

2023 Northern Prairie Star Party

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 12 to Sunday, September 17, 2023 for next year’s NPSP. More details will be posted in the coming months.

2024 Northern Prairie Star Party

The dates for the 2024 NPSP are: Tuesday, September 24 –Sunday, September 29, 2024.