National Star Party – Saturday July 29, 2017

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday since Confederation, the RASC and the Fédération des Astronomes Amateurs du Québec (FAAQ) are sponsoring a first – a National Star Party.

On Saturday, July 29, 2017, astronomy clubs from coast to coast to coast - will hold public star parties for the Canadian public at the same time. If it is clear, visitors will be able to observe a first quarter Moon and the planets Saturn and Jupiter. Even the International Space Station will make a pass or two that night. A handout specific to what is in the sky that night will be prepared and available for download and printing.

We hope that we can make this first National Star Party a success and bring astronomy to thousands of Canadians.

Here is a list of RASC Centres and other amateur astronomy organizations which are participating in this National Star Party.



Belleville ...
Calgary ...
Edmonton Edmonton Centre – RASC
TELUS World of Science
Halifax Halifax Centre RASC
Nova East Star Party
Smileys Provincial Park
Hamilton Spencer Smith Park in Burlington @ 2PM- dark
Kingston ...
Kitchener-Waterloo ...
London ...
Mississauga Mississauga Centre
Riverwood Conservancy
8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
CF de Montreal  
Montreal Public Star Party Doors Open: 7:30PM Presentation: “Where Are You Looking”
8PM Public Observing (Weather Permitting) after the presentation
Location: Conservations Centre, Morgan Arboretum:
150 Chemin des Pins, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, H9X 3V9
New Brunswick New Brunswick Centre RASC -
Camping Observing Weekend and Summer Stargaze
Mactaquac Provincial Park
Niagara Centre RASC ( Chippawa Creek Conservation Area
Okanagan ...
Ottawa ...
Prince George ...
Quebec ...
Regina ...
Sarnia ...
Saskatoon Saskatoon Centre: 10am - 3pm 2323 8th St E. Saskatoon, SK. S7J2P7
Sunshine Coast ...
St. John's St. John’s Centre
Butter Post Star Party
Thunder Bay ...
Toronto ...
Selvey Park
27000 106th Avenue
Maple Ridge, BC
9:00 am to late
Victoria Centre RASC RASCals Star Party Metchosin (
Dominion Astrophysical Observatory
The event at Metchosin municipal grounds, on Happy Valley Road, includes afternoon solar observing and workshops. Note that there is limited attendance for the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory event, so book your FREE ticket in advance.
Winnipeg ...
Windsor ...
Other Astronomy Organizations  

The Brandon and Area Astronomical Society will host an event at Spruce Woods Provincial Park.   The observing will start at dusk following a presentation about Dark Sky Preserve plans for the park.  Further information will be on our website and Facebook page.

Spruce Woods Provincial Park is located on Highway 5 south of Carberry

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 10:51am