Web links for Sky News magazine column on Jasper

athabasca_falls_jasper_dark_skyIn the May/June 2012 issue of Sky News: The Canadian Magazine of Astronomy & Stargazing, I look at Jasper National Park and Dark Sky Preserve (the world’s largest dark sky preserve, by a factor of 10!) in the Canadian Rockies.

If you haven’t read the column (Wilderness Astronomer) about this incredible “Disney World of dark sky preserves”, you can grab it on news stands (including those at WalMart) subscribe, or buy an online edition here.

If you have read the column and are here to check out the as-promised web-links, here you go!:

Recommended stargazing sites:

Here are the sites I’ve researched and recommend in the magazine:

ALSO: Jasper is such a large dark sky preserve and is so full of amazing observing sites, it actually has its own jasper_park_lodge_oct_6_2011web site to guide you through some of them, complete with 360 panoramas. Check the Clear Sky Clocks for stargazing conditions at each at the bottom of the homepage:

http://www.jasperdarksky.org

Parks Canada astronomy programming and events in 2012

Not including the October 12-14 Dark Sky Festival, there are dozens of other astronomy evening amphitheatre talks, daytime sun and moon observing sessions, and special events in Jasper National Park. Here’s your guide to each and every one in 2012.

More: http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/jasper/activ/celebrations.aspx#astro

Jasper Dark Sky Festival

Back by popular-demand, the world’s biggest astronomy park will host a world-class slate of presenters, special art and food-based events, stargazing opportunities, experiences for kids, and how-to sessions for budding polar-fleece stargazers, October 12-14, 2012.

More: www.jasperdarkskyfest.com 

Our Canadian Geographic article on Jasper Dark Sky preserve

I wrote a cover story last year as Jasper’s DSP designation was completed, and Yuichi provided the photos – We had a blast travelling through the Jasper front and back-country in July 2010 to research this love letter to the Disney World of dark sky preserves. You can read it, here.

Photos of Jasper at night

For more views of this wonder of the evening world, check out some more of my images elsewhere in this site, here

Photos from Jasper and the Dark Sky Festival, here.

AND Yuichi’s incredible HD time-lapse videos from Jasper, here.

Dark Sky hotel package

Numerous hotels in Jasper will offer special Dark Sky Festival specials in October.

Meanwhile, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (whose canoe docks are pictured under the full moon, at right) now offers a year-round astronomy package.

 

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