QUINAN - This year’s South West Nova Starlight Festival includes the opportunity to explore the universe during a Star Party at Deep Sky Eye Observatory in Quinan on Saturday, Sept. 15, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Owner/astronomer Tim Doucette says there are already 100 registered for the event, adding this is the first event of its kind in South West Nova.
The event includes a moon impact crater experience, solar observing, an introduction to the “Wondrous Night Sky” by astronomy author John Read, a BBQ fundraiser by Quinan Fire Department, an East Coast Paddle paddle board demo and try-out by the river, a bonfire (tentative) with storytelling by the Métis community and more.
Doucette says there will be crafts for children, including the construction of a scale model of the solar system across the park.
“We’re also going to have door prizes, including a telescope, which is a good introductory telescope,” he said.
“It’s going to be fun time.”
Door prizes to be drawn at 8 p.m. (must be present to win) and include gift certificates, binoculars and a Meade Lightbridge Mini 114.
Admission is $2/person. A donation will be made to the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Bring your own chair.
The event will go ahead even if skies are cloudy. If rain is in the forecast the event will be cancelled.
The observatory is located at 338 Frotten Rd. in Quinan.