Stargazing Manitoulin Event at Gordon’s Park
July 21 - July 23
Discover the universe like never before on Manitoulin Island, with Gordon’s Park’s annual Stargazing Manitoulin Star Party from July 21-23, 2017. The night sky is a mysterious thing, but come join this event and take a peek behind the curtain with nightly stargazing events.
This event takes place in the RASC designated Dark Sky Preserve, which offers some of the darkest skies in Ontario and extraordinary 360 degree horizon-to-horizon viewing with no light pollution. Stars are 7.5 + magnitude, and the Dark Sky Preserve has an SQM (sky quality meter) reading of 21.45, where 22.00 is the darkest end of the scale. Bring your own equipment, try out the park’s 8” Dobsonian telescope, or just take it all in with your naked eye.
Kicking off Friday, July 21st, get to know your fellow stargazers with a Wine and Cheese Welcome. Then get your first taste of the weekend, and just how star-filled the sky is without that pesky light pollution, during Public Astronomy and a Laser Sky Tour which provides information about astronomy and is open to everyone.
Enjoy sleeping in on Saturday, July 22nd and take the day to explore the rest of the park, or head out on an adventure around Manitoulin Island guided by Rita’s Picks, a map of attractions and points of interest in the communities of the Island. When the evening rolls around, join in on a Potluck supper and group photo to commemorate this great weekend. Join a second astronomy session, or spend some quality time with just you and the stars above.
On Sunday, July 23rd, spend your afternoon checking out our Nature Center, playing a round of mini golf on our unique course that meanders through a cedar grove, or try your hand at badminton, horseshoes, or bocce ball.
Registration includes all events of the day and camping in the Dark Sky Preserve. This weekend is perfect for astronomers of all levels, whether you’re new to the scene, an amateur astronomer, or a longtime expert.