Since 2011, Jasper National Park has been designated as a Dark Sky Preserve, ensuring that the night sky seen from the area is full of nothing but shining stars, a glowing moon, and clear constellations.
Every October, the Town of Jasper hosts the annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival to celebrate their designation, and to come together in appreciating the stunning night sky.
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This October marks the 10th annual festival, and is looking to be quite the event.
A release from Jasper Tourism states that, even with precautions in place, there will be a number of activities and self-guided opportunities to check out.
“It’s our ten-year anniversary, and I’m so pleased we can offer festival-goers such an exciting program,” said science journalist Niki Wilson, Jasper’s Dark Sky Festival host, in the release.
“Jasper National Park is a special place where it’s actually dark enough to see the milky way, or glimpse the aurora. These are important experiences for many people. I’m glad we can provide an opportunity to celebrate them.”
The two headlining events will be a story from astronauts Robert Thirsk and Nicole Stott about their time aboard the International Space Station, as well as a talk about the future of exploration to Mars from founder and CEO of Delalune Space, Rob Meyerson, and NASA engineer, Adam Stelzner.
Those attending the festival will also be able to check out events including Symphony Under the Sun, Peak-Nic Under The Stars, Animals of the Night Hike, Stars and Smoke at Maligne Canyon, and After Dark Trivia Night.
Prices vary by event, and tickets are available through Jasper Tourism’s website.
This year’s Dark Sky Festival runs from October 16 to 25.