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Dark Sky Nights

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

Experience the wonders of the night sky

Dark Sky Night
October 22, 2016
7:30 p.m. to midnight

The eastern sky fills with the stars of autumn’s “watery” constellations, this month – Capricornus, Aquarius, Cetus, and Pisces; while in the west, the last of the summertime stars are take their bow. Members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Windsor Centre will be on hand in the Nature Centre’s parking area from sunset until midnight to point out these and many other interesting sights of the fall season. A highlight of the evening will be a telescopic view of the Great Galaxy in Andromeda, the closest grand spiral to our own Milky Way.

Dark Sky Night
November 26, 2016
7:30 p.m. to midnight

Join members of the Royal Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing.

Dark Sky Night
December 17, 2016
7:30 p.m. to midnight

With the first official day of Winter on the doorstep, sunset comes early and the nights are long. The dark night sky is now a sight to behold with Orion, Taurus, and all the other constellations of the cold weather season making their debut. Members from The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Windsor Centre will be on hand in the Visitor Centre parking area until midnight for a guided tour of some of the many, lovely star clusters visible at this time of year; along with the sight of the moon, only three days past full, rising dramatically in the east.

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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.

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