Kejimkujik Dark Sky Weekend

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Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.
Location(s): Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Search Kejimkujik’s spectacular night skies for planets, galaxies, constellations and much more in Nova Scotia’s only Dark Sky Preserve! There will be stories and discoveries for all ages. Plan to camp or stay overnight close by – you don’t want to miss the show. Presented in partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC).

Friday, August 23

2 pm to 4 pm at the Visitor Centre:
Meet Keji staff and RASC amateur astronomers to find out about the activities planned for the weekend. See sunspots and prominences with safely filtered telescopes!

4 pm at the Sky Circle in Jeremy’s Bay Campground (P1):
“Walk the Solar System” family program with Paul Heath of RASC. Learn about planets in our solar system! This interactive, kid-friendly activity is sure to please budding astronomers of all ages!

8:30 pm to 9:15 pm at the Campfire Circle in Jeremy’s Bay Campground (P2):
Elapultiek by Fire by shalan joudry: An outdoor theatre production. Details

9 pm to midnight at the Sky Circle in Jeremy’s Bay Campground (P1):
Join the astronomers from RASC and Kejimkujik guides and learn how to see the planets Jupiter and Saturn through telescopes, plus many deep sky wonders. When it is dark, enjoy a guided tour of the sky. Limited parking! Please walk! 

Saturday, August 24

1 pm to 4 pm at the Merrymakedge canteen (P4):
10th Anniversary Astronomy Drop-in! Celebrate 10 years of the Kejimkujik Dark Sky weekend: enjoy cake and a chat with RASC astronomers. Learn to use a StarFinder, binoculars and telescopes (bring in your own telescopes for tips), and how to photograph nightscapes. This is your chance to “Ask an Astronomer!”

8 pm at the Visitor Centre theatre:
“Connect with Mi’kmaw Moons” Cathy LeBlanc of Acadia First Nation and Dave Chapman of RASC will share Mi’kmaw teachings of the moon times throughout the year and how they relate to the natural phenomena around us. You could win a Celestron FirstScope 76 (courtesy of Atlantic Photo Supply) and astronomy books by John A. Read! Enter by attending the presentation; the prizes will be drawn at the end.

9 pm to midnight at the Sky Circle in Jeremy’s Bay Campground (P1):
Join the astronomers from RASC and learn how to see the planets Jupiter and Saturn through telescope, plus many deep sky wonders. When it is dark, enjoy a guided tour of the sky. Limited parking! Please walk!

9:30 pm to 10:30 pm at Merrymakedge Beach:
Mi’kmaq Storytelling: A Dark Sky Cultural Experience. Details

Sunday, August 25

9 pm at Merrymakedge Beach (P4):
Drop-in public dark sky observing with RASC telescopes—Join the astronomers from RASC to view the planets Jupiter and Saturn through telescopes, plus many deep sky wonders. Note: this program will take place only if the sky is clear; please contact the Visitor Centre anytime after noon for confirmation.

9:30 pm at Farmlands Trail:
Spirit of the Settlers Night Hike evening theatre hike. Details