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.

Confirmed events for 2016:

RASC Centre Event Date
London General Assembly May 19-23
New Brunswick Kouchibouguac Star Gaze June 10-12
Calgary Alberta Star B-Q July 8-10
New Brunswick Camping & Observing Weekend July 8-10
New Brunswick Mt. Carleton Star Party July 29-31
Okanagan Mt. Kobau Star Party July 30-Aug 6
Saskatchewan Sask. Summer Star Party Aug 3-7
St. John's Butterpot Star Party Aug 5-6
Calgary Alberta Star Party Aug 26-28
Halifax Nova East Star Party Aug 26-28
Victoria RASCals Star Party Aug 26-28
Vancouver Summer Star Quest Aug 27-Sept 4
New Brunswick Fundy Park Star Party Sept 2-4
Winnipeg Spruce Woods Star Party Sept 2-5
Kingston, Belleville Fall'n'Stars Sept 9-11
Parks Canada (MB) Dark Sky Weekend Sept 9-10
Edmonton Northern Prairie Star Party Sept 27-Oct 2

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, 2016

Description:  Annual gathering of amateur astronomers in Thomasburg Ontario.  



RASC Calgary Centre

The Great Alberta Star-B-Q

Date: Friday, July 8th – Sunday, July 10th, 2016

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.



The Alberta Star Party

Date: Friday, August 26th – Sunday, August 28th, 2016

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



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).



RASC Halifax Centre

Nova East

Date: Friday, August 26th  – Sunday, August 28th, 2016

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.



RASC London Centre

2016 RASC General Assembly

Date: Wednesday, May 19st – Sunday, May 23rd, 2016

Description: The London Centre of the RASC is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the 57th General Assembly. The schedule includes a visit to the Centre's observatory facility and to the Skyshed facility.



RASC New Brunswick Centre

Kouchibouguac Star Gaze

Date: Friday, June 10th – Sunday, June 12th, 2016

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



Camping & Observing Weekend (COW)

Date: Friday, July 8th – Sunday, July 10th, 2016

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



Mt. Carleton Astronomy Weekend

Date:  Friday, July 29th - Sunday, July 31st, 2016

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



Fundy Star Gaze

Date: Friday, September 2nd – Sunday, September 4th, 2016

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



RASC Saskatoon and Regina Centres

Saskatchewan Summer Star Party

Date: Thursday, August 3rd – Sunday, August 7th, 2016

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.



RASC Okanagan Centre

Mt. Kobau Star Party

Date: Saturday, July 30rd – Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Description: The 33rd 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.



RASC St. John’s Centre

Butter Pot Star Party

Date:  Friday, 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!



RASC Vancouver Centre

Summer Star Quest

Date: August 27th - September 4th, 2016

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



RASC Victoria Centre

RASCals Star Party

Date: August 26th - August 28th, 2016

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



RASC Winnipeg Centre

Spruce Woods Star Party

Date: Friday, September 2nd – Monday, September 5th, 2016.

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



Parks Canada

Dark Sky Weekend

Come join our first dark sky event in Riding Mountain National Park that will include Wilfred Buck and his mobile planetarium, a star gazing evening, a guided hike, a dark sky photography course, and a STAR PARTY on a late night boat cruise of Clear Lake.


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