Many RASC Centres either sponsor or actively participate in Star Parties throughout the year. A Star Party is an overnight excursion to a suitable dark sky site where you will meet many other astronomers, have an opportunity to compare notes on equipment, listen to informative talks, and share a dark sky experience.

See also: the National Star Party (July 29th) which will have events from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Confirmed events for 2017:


RASC Centre(s) Event Date
New Brunswick Kouchibouguac Star Gaze June 2-4  
Ottawa General Assembly June 30-July 3  
Calgary Alberta Star B-Q July 21-23
Okanagan Mt. Kobau Star Party July 22-30
Halifax Nova East Star Party July 28-30
New Brunswick Camping & Observing Weekend July 28-30
Victoria RASCals Star Party July 28-30
New Brunswick Mt. Carleton Star Party Aug 11-13
Vancouver Summer Star Quest Aug 19-26
Saskatchewan Sask. Summer Star Party Aug 23-27
Calgary Alberta Star Party Sept 15-17
New Brunswick Fundy Park Star Party Sept 15-17
Edmonton Northern Prairie Star Party Sep 19-24
Winnipeg Spruce Woods Star Party Sept 21-24
New Brunswick Kouchibouguac Star Gaze II Sept 22-24
Kingston, Belleville Fall'n'Stars Sept 22-24
St. John's Butterpot Star Party ?

Here is the detailed list of current star parties organized by RASC Centres:

 

RASC Belleville & Kingston Centres


Fall ‘n’ Stars

Date: Friday, September 9th – Sunday, September 11th, 2017

Description:  Annual gathering of amateur astronomers in Thomasburg Ontario.  

Website: http://rascbelleville.ca/fallnstars/

 

RASC Calgary Centre


The Great Alberta Star-B-Q

Date: Friday, July 21st – Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Description:  The RASC Calgary Centre beckons you West and North of light polluted urban skies to bask in hot summer days and gaze away warm quiet nights at The Great Alberta Star-B-Q.

Website: http://calgary.rasc.ca/starbq.htm

 

The Alberta Star Party

Date: Friday, September 15th – Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Description:  We look forward to you joining us for some good times and great viewing under wonderfully dark skies of the Starland.

Website: http://calgary.rasc.ca/asp.htm

 

RASC Edmonton Centre


Northern Prairie Star Party

Date: Tuesday, September 27 – Sunday, October 2, 2016

Description: Join us for an unforgettable autumn weekend under the stars at the annual Northern Prairie Star Party at Black Nugget Lake Campground. Bring your telescope and your sense of wonder for stargazing under seriously dark skies (Bortle Scale 3).

Website: http://edmontonrasc.com/northern-prairie-star-party/

 

RASC Halifax Centre


Nova East

Date: Friday, July 28th  – Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Description: Nova East was originally established as the camping and observing weekend for the Halifax Centre, and has grown to include participants from many other astronomy clubs in the Atlantic region, and a number of attendees from the northeastern United States as well.

Website: http://halifax.rasc.ca/ne/

 

RASC Ottawa Centre


2017 RASC General Assembly

Date: Friday, June 30th – Monday, July 3rd, 2016

Description: The Ottawa Centre of the RASC is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the 58th General Assembly. Join us in the nation's capital during the sesquicentennial celebrations.

Websitehttps://events.rasc.ca

 

RASC New Brunswick Centre


Kouchibouguac Spring Star Fest VII

Date: Friday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Description:  Member and public observing, information outreach at one of our Dark Sky Preserves.

Website: www.nb.rasc.ca

 

Camping & Observing Weekend (COW) Summer Star Gaz XIV

Date: Friday, July 28th – Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Description:  Member and public observing, information outreach as well as a RASC group supper.

Website: www.nb.rasc.ca

 

Mt. Carleton Star Party

Date:  Friday, August 11th - Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Description: Member and public observing at one of our Dark Sky Preserves.

Website: www.nb.rasc.ca

 

Fundy National Park Star Gaze VII

Date: Friday, September 15th – Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Description:  Member and public observing, information outreach as well as a RASC group supper.

Website: www.nb.rasc.ca

 

Kouchibouguac National Park

Date: Friday, September 22nd – Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Description:  Member and public observing, information outreach at one of our Dark Sky Preserves.

Website: www.nb.rasc.ca

 

RASC Saskatoon and Regina Centres


Saskatchewan Summer Star Party

Date: Wednesday, August 23rd – Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Description: Join us for a wonderful weekend of observing and daytime events at the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park and Dark Sky Preserve in south-west Saskatchewan.

Website: http://www.usask.ca/rasc/starparty.html

 

RASC Okanagan Centre


Mt. Kobau Star Party

Date: Saturday, July 22nd – Saturday, July 30th, 2017

Description: The 34th Annual MKSP runs 8 nights on the sage-and-fir scented summit of Mt. Kobau, near Osoyoos, BC. Dark sky observing, guest talks, a popular door prize draw and great astro-fellowshipping characterize this warm-spirited event. Last year’s wildfire on the mountain did not affect the star party site or any of our plans for the future, but affords a rare chance for attendees to get an up-close look at a recovering forest on the road to the summit.

Website: http://www.mksp.ca/

 

RASC St. John’s Centre


Butter Pot Star Party

DateFriday, August 5th – Sunday, August 6th, 2016

Description: The public is invited to joing the St. John’s Centre RASC and Butter Provincial Park to meet under dark skies for the 2014 Butter Pot Star Party!

Website: http://www.stjohnsrasc.ca/star-party.shtml

 

RASC Vancouver Centre


Summer Star Quest

Date: Saturday, August 19th - 26th, 2017

Description: Merritt, BC. Organized by the Merritt Astronomical Society with significant participation by RASC Vancouver Centre.

Website: http://www.merrittastronomical.com

 

RASC Victoria Centre


RASCals Star Party

Date: July 28th - 30th, 2017

Description: Held on the Metchosin Cricket Field. A fun and easy-going camping and observing weekend which the whole family can enjoy.

Website: https://victoria.rasc.ca/events/rascals-star-party/

 

RASC Winnipeg Centre


Spruce Woods Star Party

Date: Thursday, September 21st – Sunday, September 24th, 2017.

Description: Come enjoy the dark skies of Spruce Woods and spend a long weekend with
astronomy enthusiasts of all walks of life!

Website: http://winnipeg.rasc.ca/spruce-woods-star-party/

 

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