Northern Prairie Star Party


Presented by the RASC Edmonton Centre

Northern Prairie Star Party 2021

The 2021 Northern Prairie Star Party (NPSP) dates are Tuesday, September 7 to Saturday, September 11. The COVID-19 pandemic remains a key factor for us in planning the program and any onsite set up for this year’s NPSP. We are exploring various options, so please check back here and the Stardust Newsletter for more details.

Nevertheless, we have booked the northern part of the campground for use by our members and potential NPSP attendees, as outlined in the update in the March 2021 Stardust. If you are interested in using one of the sites during the reserved time, please email the NPSP Coordinators Susan and Rick Bramm indicating the dates and site preference. We will allocate them on a first-come, first-served basis and follow up with you regarding payment.

If you need more information or have questions, please email the NPSP Coordinators Susan and Rick Bramm.

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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 7 – 11, 2021
Sep 20 – 25, 2022