by Tourism Jasper
This October we are asking all night sky enthusiasts to power down, look up, and get themselves to Jasper National Park! The 4th annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival
, starring Canada’s own Col. Chris Hadfield runs from October 17-26th, for 10 astronomical days of explorations literally out of this universe!
At almost 11,000km2
, Jasper National Park
is the second largest Dark Sky Preserve in the world and has close to zero light pollution. This gives stargazers the ability to truly see the night sky, and allows for a spectacular and free show on any clear night simply by looking up!
This year’s Festival will kick off at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
with world renowned Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Strings for a Symphony Under The Stars as they perform a celestial themed concert beneath Jasper’s dark skies.
Col. Chris Hadfield will be headline guest and principal speaker at the ticketed event held Saturday evening, October 25th – both in Jasper’s Centennial Park, and at a secret VIP location for some incredible face-to-face
time with the astronaut himself! Featuring Jay Ingram and his band, this evening is lining up to be an incredible evening of stars and music! “There are only a few places in the world so fundamentally awe inspiring where you can sit back and look up in wonder,” says Canada’s first space commander, Chris Hadfield. “I look forward to sharing views and perspective with fellow star explorers!”
Other star appearances to this year’s Festival will include Peter McMahon (wilderness astronomer & SkyNews contributing editor), Wildred Buck (Indigenous storyteller), Joan Marie Galat (award-winning author), and Brian Ventrudo (astronomy educator).
Favourites to the festival will also be returning with Beyond the Stars, a star-gazing party on the shored of Lake Annette, Pyramid Island Starlight Adventure where the Island is transformed into a star-gazing basecamp lead by world renowned astronomers, as well as a series of astronomy talks and night photography lesson sessions. In addition, both the Edmonton Telus World of Science and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be participating with programming, sharing their galactic knowledge.
Reaching new heights, 2014’s Festival coincides with a real-time partial solar eclipse, and will allow for Daytime Solar Eclipse viewing with Alan Dyer (Astronomy author & photographer) and Chris Beckett (Royal Astronomical Society of Canada).
Tickets for the highly anticipated Col. Chris Hadfield event go on sale July 4th. Tickets for the Hadfield event and up to date news on the Festival can be found on the new www.jasperdarkskyfest.com website. Come join us in Jasper to celebrate October as dark sky month, and to participate in the 4th annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival!
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For more information please contact:
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Phone: (780) 820-2127
Marketing & Communciations Coordinator
Phone: (780) 820-2129
About Tourism Jasper
Tourism Jasper is the destination marketing organization for Jasper, Alberta. Jasper is that breath of fresh cool mountain air, crisp and invigorating, yet reassuringly calm. A self-described little town in a big park, this historic settlement strikes a fine balance between conservation and development, ecology and economics. In its untamed heart, it’s a gateway to adventure within the largest and most northerly Canadian rocky mountain national park, part of a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more information, please visit www.Jasper.travel.