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Point Pelee National Park

Dark Sky Nights Milkyway at Point Pelee
© Parks Canada / Photo Credit: Cale Best

Dark Sky Nights

Explore the Universe with space author Peter McMahon

Join the children’s space author and SkyNews Magazine contributing editor Peter McMahon for a weekend of space exploration at Point Pelee National Park.

By day, check out the surface of the sun through a specially filtered telescope and journey through the universe in a travelling planetarium.

By night, explore the beauty of Canada’s Dark Sky preserves in a special theatre presentation and then experience Point Pelee’s Dark Sky Preserve – you’ll have a chance to see the rings of Saturn and gaze at some of the 200 billion stars of the Milky Way.

*Theatre presentations and planetarium shows will take place rain or shine

Schedule:

Saturday, July 26

  • 11 am – 12pm View the Surface of the Sun, Visitor Centre Parking Lot.
  • 1 – 5 pm Planetarium Shows – Visitor Centre Transit Loop – tours start every 30 minutes.
  • 7:30 pm – Wilderness Astronomy: Campsite stargazing in Canada’s Wild Spaces, in the Visitor Centre theatre.
  • 9 pm – 12 am – Planet and Star Gazing

Sunday, July 27

  • 11 am – 12pm View the Surface of the Sun, Visitor Centre Parking Lot.
  • 1 – 5 pm Planetarium Shows – Visitor Centre Transit Loop – tours start every 30 minutes.

Experience the wonders of the night sky

Dark Sky Night – August 30, 2014

Observe the crescent moon setting with Mars and Saturn and enjoy the dark sky with members of the Royal Astronomical Society.

These dates offer the darkest skies for optimum viewing due to their proximity to the new moon. Designated as a Dark Sky Preserve by the Windsor Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, the Park will be open until midnight.

For the best star gazing encounters, we recommend you come equipped with binoculars or a telescope.

For more information, contact us at: 519-322-2365 ext. 0.