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Star Parties

Many RASC Centres either sponsor or actively participate in Star Parties throughout the year. A Star Party is an overnight excursion to a suitable dark sky site where you will meet many other astronomers, have an opportunity to compare notes on equipment, listen to informative talks, and share a dark sky experience.

Confirmed events for 2015:

RASC Centre Event Date
New Brunswick Kouchibouguac Star Gaze May 22-24
Halifax General Assembly July 1-5
Calgary Alberta Star B-Q July 17-19
New Brunswick Camping & Observing Weekend July 17-19
Kitchener-Waterloo Perseid Meteor Shower August 12
Saskatchewan Sask. Summer Star Party August 13-16
New Brunswick Mt. Carleton Star Party August 14-16
Halifax Nova East Star Party August 14-16
St. John's Butterpot Star Party August 21-23
New Brunswick Fundy Park Star Party September 4-6
Edmonton Northern Prairie Star Party September 8-13
Winnipeg Spruce Woods Star Party September 10-13
Kingston, Belleville Fall'n'Stars September 11-13
Calgary Alberta Star Party September 11-13
Vancouver Summer Star Quest September 11-19

 

Here is the detailed list of current star parties organized by RASC Centres (2015 dates are still coming in):

RASC Belleville & Kingston Centres


Fall ‘n’ Stars

Date: Friday, September 11th – Sunday, September 13th, 2014

Description:  Annual gathering of amateur astronomers in Thomasburg Ontario.  

Website: http://rascbelleville.ca/fallnstars/

 

RASC Calgary Centre


The Great Alberta Star-B-Q

Date: Friday, July 17th – Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Description:  The RASC Calgary Centre beckons you West and North of light polluted urban skies to bask in hot summer days and gaze away warm quiet nights at The Great Alberta Star-B-Q.

Website: http://calgary.rasc.ca/starbq.htm

 

The Alberta Star Party

Date: Friday, September 11th – Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Description:  We look forward to you joining us for some good times and great viewing under wonderfully dark skies of the Starland.

Website: http://calgary.rasc.ca/asp.htm

 

RASC Edmonton Centre


Northern Prairie Star Party

Date: Tuesday, September 8 – Sunday, September 13, 2015

Description: 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).

Website: http://edmontonrasc.com/northern-prairie-star-party/

 

RASC Halifax Centre


Nova East

Date: Friday, August 14th  – Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Description: Nova East was originally established as the camping and observing weekend for the Halifax Centre, and has grown to include participants from many other astronomy clubs in the Atlantic region, and a number of attendees from the northeastern United States as well.

Website: http://halifax.rasc.ca/ne/

2015 RASC General Assembly

Date: Wednesday, July 1st – Sunday July 5th, 2015

Description: The Halifax Centre of the RASC is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the 56th General Assembly. The year 2015 marks both the Centre's 60th anniversary, and the 40th anniversary of the first GA to be held in Atlantic Canada.

Websitehttp://www.rasc.ca/2015-rasc-general-assembly

 

RASC New Brunswick Centre


Kouchibouguac Star Gaze

Date: Friday, May 22nd – Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Description:  Member and public observing, information outreach at one of our Dark Sky Preserves.

Website: www.nb.rasc.ca

 

Camping & Observing Weekend (COW)

Date: Friday, July 17th – Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Description:  Member and public observing, information outreach as well as a RASC group supper.

Website: www.nb.rasc.ca

 

Mt. Carleton Astronomy Weekend

Date:  Friday, August 14th - Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Description: Member and public observing at one of our Dark Sky Preserves.

Website: www.nb.rasc.ca

 

Fundy Star Gaze

Date: Friday, September 4th – Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Description:  Member and public observing, information outreach as well as a RASC group supper.

Website: www.nb.rasc.ca

 

RASC Saskatoon and Regina Centres


Saskatchewan Summer Star Party

Date: Thursday, August 13th – Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Description: Join us for a wonderful weekend of observing and daytime events at the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park and Dark Sky Preserve in south-west Saskatchewan.

Website: http://www.usask.ca/rasc/starparty.html

 

RASC St. John’s Centre


Butter Pot Star Party

Date:  Friday, August 21st – Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Description: The public is invited to joing the St. John’s Centre RASC and Butter Provincial Park to meet under dark skies for the 2014 Butter Pot Star Party!

Website: http://www.stjohnsrasc.ca/star-party.shtml

 

RASC Sunshine Coast Centre


Astronomy in the Park

Date: Thursday, August 21st – Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Description: Join us for a wonderful weekend of observing!

Website: http://www.coastastronomy.ca/index.html

 

RASC Toronto Centre


Annual Algonquin Adventure

Date:  Thursday, September 18th – Sunday September 21st, 2014

Description: For 18 years now, members and their families have come to Algonquin Park’s Mew Lake Campground to enjoy the views from some of the darkest skies in Southern Ontario.

Website: http://rascto.ca/content/2014-annual-algonquin-adventure

 

 

RASC Vancouver Centre


Summer Star Quest 2015

Date: September 11 - September 19, 2015

Description: Merritt, BC. Organized by the Merritt Astronomical Society with significant participation by RASC Vancouver Centre.

 

RASC Winnipeg Centre


Spruce Woods Star Party

Date: Thursday, September 10th – Sunday, September 13th, 2015.

Description: Come enjoy the dark skies of Spruce Woods and spend a long weekend with
astronomy enthusiasts of all walks of life!

Website: http://winnipeg.rasc.ca