RASC NB (Royal Astronomical Society of Canada-New Brunswick Centre) works with Parks Canada and Parks New Brunswick to bring you five Star Parties in settings that can be nothing short of spectacular.
Paul Owen captured the night sky at the 2018 Mount Carleton Star Party. On the first night, the sky was so dark the Milky Way was casting a shadow on star maps.
. Congrats to Amber Maillet–winner of the Celestron Astromaster 130 AZ generously donated by All Star Telescope at the 2018 Mount Carleton Star Party.
~ New Brunswick Star Party Calendar for 2018~
~July 13 – 14, 2018~
Mount Carleton Star Party
Mount Carleton Provincial Park
~August 10 – 11, 2018~ COW Mactaquac Star Party
(Camping & Observing Weekend) Mactaquac Provincial Park
~September 14 -15, 2018~
Kouchibouguac Fall StarFest
Kouchibouguac National Park
Note: We are no longer including Sundays for solar observing in any Star Party dates as most astronomers need to be heading home. Solar Observing will happen on the Saturday afternoons instead.
These five star parties are in addition to the other Outreach and educational activities the RASC NB organizes in New Brunswick. Because of the relatively low light pollution and low air pollution in a Province of less than 750,000, dark skies await the curious if the weather cooperates.
RASC NB, in concert with the Parks system, coordinates locations and campsites to give astronomers with their equipment the best experience possible, while allowing the public access to enjoy and experience the night sky.
Above~the Kouchibouguac Spring StarFest 2018 by Paul Owen.
Above~ photo by Paul Owen at the Mount Carleton Star Party 2015.
Star Parties present a unique opportunity for anyone to check out equipment. You can look through various types of telescopes, and pick the brains of people with different approaches and interests in a fascinating hobby.
You do not need a telescope to attend a Star Party.
CBC presents The Night Sky, Land and Sea Episode~
Above~ Click to watch the CBC Land and Sea episode The Night Sky featuring our own Fundy Star Party in 2016 and two other Dark Sky Sites in Nova Scotia. Film feature includes interviews with members of RASC.NB and the SJAC. About 22 minutes.
Short video from our YouTube Channel~
Star Party Etiquette–for any Star Party, Anywhere~
How to Attend:
If you do not have a telescope~ simply make camping reservations at the campground you wish to attend, or contact the park office about visiting if you do not wish to camp. Our Star Party pages have direct links to campground reservations plus other information.
If you have a telescope and equipment~ contact RASC NB about spaces available in the astronomers’ camping area. We post the links once the information becomes available, and also on the individual pages.
~August 31 – September 1~ Fundy Park StarGaze
Labour Day Weekend (also known as the Fundy Star Party)
Fundy National Park
Parks Canada~ Fundy Park Campground Reservations
See RASC.NB Itinerary and Schedule
RASC.NB Registration for Astronomers is now available
Click here for the Facebook Event
Location~ Chignecto South Campground
Visitors should register to camp at Chignecto North
~Other Stargazing Events in 2018~
Astronomy Week~ April 16 – 22
National Star Party~ September 15
Fall Astronomy Day~ October 13
International Observe the Moon Night~ October 20
~Past events in 2017~
~Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9 – 11pm~
Astronomy Day in Rockwood Park
~Saturday, July 29, 9 – 11:30pm~
National Star Party at Irving Nature Park
Celebrating Canada’s Sesquicentennial with Stargazing
Irving Nature Park, Interpretative Shelter
~Monday, August 21, 2017~
2:00 ~ 5:00 pm
Public Observing of the Partial Solar Eclipse in Saint John
Safely view the eclipse with members of the SJAC & RASC NB
Rockwood Bark Park & Irving Nature Park.
~Friday, September 29, 2017, 7:30 – 10pm~
Fall Astronomy Day in Rockwood Park
~Friday, October 27, 2017, 6:30 – 9pm~
International Observe the Moon Night
Irving Nature Park
~Tourism & Travel Information~