Star Gazing in the Park – August 13


Saturday August 13
(Aug. 14 Rain Date)

Champlain Park
(140 Carleton Ave.)

Outdoor Lecture: Astronomy Basics

with Gary Boyle (near the Fieldhouse), 8:00 – 8:30 pm

Gary is an astronomer, educator and lecturer, dedicated to public outreach. He is also a national media contact on various astronomical events and a columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, The Backyard Astronomer. In 2017, Gary was recognized by the International Astronomical Union with the naming of asteroid 22406, “Garyboyle” in his honour.

Telescope Star Party in the Park

Aprox 8:30 – 11:30 pm

After the sun sets, a family-friendly star viewing in Champlain Park with telescopes and astronomers from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Ottawa Centre. Also bring your own telescope to add to the fun!

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Physical distancing even at outdoor events is recommended by Ottawa Public Health and this will be encouraged at the event to keep everybody safe. If distancing is not possible, wearing a mask is recommended.

[Poster for Nocturne 2022 Star Gazing in the Park on August 13 2022]

Blood Moon Viewing – May 15

Blood Moon Viewing

  • At Champlain Park (NCC woods end, former Pontiac Street)
  • Sunday, May 15 (10pm – midnight, weather permitting) to view the total lunar eclipse.

This is a free event. You do not need to bring anything but your curiosity, and perhaps a folding chair. You are of course welcome to bring a telescope or binoculars and snacks. Don Monet will set up his 8 inch Ritchy-Cretien telescope which will be open to all on site. The actual eclipse is total by 11:30 it lasts this way until 1 am. This is the longest total lunar eclipse that Canadians have been able to see in 15 years. Astronomers call it the Blood Moon because when it is eclipsed by our earth shadow it is still visible, but turns a darkish red colour, due to the many sunsets surrounding the earth that collectively shine their colour on the eclipsed moon. Hope to see you there!

[Blood Moon 2021 Painting by Don Monet]

Don Monet
Cowley Ave.