International Astronomy Day at Niagara Parks

Ever look up into the night sky and wonder why one star is brighter than the rest? Or want to get a close-up look at the sun during the daytime without harming your eyes?  Well here at the Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), we want to help you answer these questions and provide you with these experiences!

Girl looking in a telescope

The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), in partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Niagara Centre (RASC) is pleased to announce its International Astronomy Day event at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre on Saturday, April 28. We have a variety of activities scheduled throughout the day including:

Between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., visitors will be able to safely view the sun through “sun-scopes” while members of RASC conduct interpretive presentations to provide participants with a better understanding of our closest star.

Beginning at approximately 6 p.m., telescopes will then be set up for nighttime viewing of the sky. Visitors should be able to see the International Space Station (ISS), meteors (shooting stars), northern lights, the moon, Mars, Saturn, Venus, Jupiter, The Orion Nebula, galaxies, globular and open clusters of stars, and remnants of stars that exploded thousands of years ago. Along with an astronomy presentation, a laser guided tour of the night sky will be provided to help locate many of the remarkable stars and constellations.

Don’t have a telescope, no problem!  Members of the RASC are bringing all of their star and sun gazing equipment to share with everyone.

The theme of International Astronomy Day is “Bringing Astronomy to the People”. This annual event provides a means of interaction between the general public and the many astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. On this day, astronomy and stargazing clubs and other organizations around the world plan similar events to educate the public about our skies.

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