Star Party Season

Late summer and early fall are ideal times for observing as the Sun goes down earlier and the fall rains haven’t started yet.  Star Parties are a great way to get in some observing time and mingle with other astronomy enthusiasts, often under pristine dark skies.   Here are five star parties in the BC neighbourhood to consider attending this year.

Merritt Star Quest

Dates: Saturday, September 8 – Sunday September 16, 2018

Organized by the Merritt Astronomical Society with significant participation by RASC Vancouver.  If you’re into camping and doing “all nighter’s” under a canopy of stars, observing deep sky objects and the occasional planet then this event is right up your alley! The event runs for a period of 8 days and 8 nights! Making it possible for those who can’t make it for the entire event to at least have the weekends.   If you’re a hearty observer like so many others at this event then you’re in good company! When the weather is spot on, it’s really spectacular!

Mt. Kobau Star Party

Dates: Saturday, August 4 – Saturday, August 12, 2018The 35th Annual

MKSP runs 8 nights on the sage-and-fir scented summit of Mt. Kobau, near Osoyoos, BC. Dark sky observing, guest talks, a popular door prize draw and great astro-fellowshipping characterize this warm-spirited event. Last year’s wildfire on the mountain did not affect the star party site or any of our plans for the future, but affords a rare chance for attendees to get an up-close look at a recovering forest on the road to the summit.

Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Dark Sky Festival

Dates: Aug 23 to 26, 2018

Come explore the universe and enjoy our renowned northern hospitality! The DSF is hosted in Fort Smith, NT and the in world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve, Wood Buffalo National Park.  The festival  celebrates the return of the dark evening sky to our northern latitude. Dr. Roberta Bondar will be a featured guest speaker.

Jasper Dark Sky Festival

Dates:  October 12th-21st, 2018

As daylight hours begin to recede, October is the ideal time to celebrate the skies with the annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival, an ever-growing festival aimed at connecting all ages to our universe and beyond.

Island Star Party

Dates: August 10th to 13th, 2018

The 23rd Annual Island Star Party wil be held in Bright Angel Park, Cowichan Station.  A three day Star Party to take in the Perseid Meteor Shower.