Telus World of Science - Edmonton named signature partner for Jasper Dark Sky Festival

August 21, 2014
by Tourism Jasper

Tourism Jasper announces the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton (TWOSE) as the signature partner for the 4th annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival held in Jasper, Alberta, Oct. 17-26, 2014.
 
The annual event, celebrating Jasper National Park’s designation as the world’s second largest Dark Sky Preserve (DSP), features 10 days of astronomy and science-related events. “This year promises to be the best Jasper Dark Sky Festival to-date, as we host some of the greatest scientific minds in history,” said Tourism Jasper’s CEO, Mary Darling. “We couldn’t have grown this event without partnerships like the one we are so fortunate to have with TWOSE.”
 
As the signature partner, TWOSE will present a variety of science programming for the public such as rocket launches, a mobile planetarium, science demonstrations and telescopes for night sky observations.
 
“Having helped provide programing for the festival during its formative years, we felt the role of signature partner was a perfect match for our organization,” says Frank Florian, VP of Science at TWOSE. “For 30 years we have helped engage the community with science and astronomy, and helping celebrate one of the premier dark sky preserves is an important part of our identity.”
 
This year's festival highlight will be an evening of space and music with retired astronaut Chris Hadfield and Jay Ingram, former host of Daily Planet.
 
Feature events during the 2014 Jasper Dark Sky Festival include:
  • Symphony Under the Stars – Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. - Take in the pristine night skies of Jasper National Park and the phenomenal sounds of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Strings. For information and details on how to book visit fairmont.com/jasper.
  • Daytime & Nighttime Viewing - Join Alan Dyer, astronomy author & photographer, and Chris Beckett of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), to get a closer look at the solar eclipse occurring just prior to sunset on October 23. Other evenings will feature night sky observations from various locations with telescopes set up for public viewing.
  • Astronomy Programs – Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. TWOSE’s science educators will be on-site with the Digital Mobile Planetarium, water bottle rockets, model rocket launches and other science demonstrations.
  • A night of Space and Music with Col. Chris Hadfield, featuring Jay Ingram – Saturday, Oct. 25 - Col. Chris Hadfield, will perform alongside Jay Ingram and his band, The Free Radicals. Col. Hadfield headlines this event with a keynote address, sharing stories about his career and his time spent both on and off planet Earth. Ingram and Col. Hadfield, two of the greatest minds in Canadian science will engage in a lively conversation about their experiences. Visit jasper.travel/dark-sky-festival-2014 for more details.
  • Finale: Col. Chris Hadfield VIP Event – Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8:30 p.m. - This SOLD OUT VIP Event is truly history-in-the-making. Taking place at an undisclosed location, this exclusive event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit with retired Canadian Astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield and other guest speakers. General Admission tickets are still available. Visit jasper.travel/dark-sky-festival-2014 for more details.
For a full calendar of events, times and ticket prices visit online at jasper.travel/dark-sky-festival-2014

For more information, please contact:

Christina Weichel
Coordinator, Marketing & Communications, TWOSE
Email: cweichel@twose.ca
Phone: 780-452-9100

April Henry
Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Tourism Jasper
Email: april@jaspercanadianrockies.com

Jodi Hawkins
Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Tourism Jasper
Email: jodi@jaspercanadianrockies.com
 
About TELUS World of Science – Edmonton
TELUS World of Science - Edmonton is a world-class, broad-based science centre that inspires and motivates people to learn about and contribute to science and technology. TELUS World of Science - Edmonton is a leader in providing high quality, interactive programs and exhibits that provide an avenue for both learning and entertainment, and which spark the imagination of people of all ages. The Edmonton Space & Science Foundation is a non-profit organization that operates TELUS World of Science - Edmonton.

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