Events at L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area
Events for stargazers
L&A County Dark Sky Viewing Area is a great spot for stargazing, astrophotography or deep sky observations with your telescope! Located 37km north the 401 at Napanee Exit 579.
Our popular Laser-Guided Stargazing Tour events take place on Friday & Saturday nights near a new moon. Each start about an hour after dusk and last approximately 60 minutes. Weather permitting, you’ll get a laser-guided tour of the night sky. These events are a great way for novice stargazers to get acquainted with the night sky.
Our monthly Astrophotographers Assemble events are geared toward night sky photographers (but anyone can attend). It’s an informal evening where shutterbugs – from novice to expert and everyone in between – are encouraged to come out and photograph the stars overhead. Events begin about an hour after dusk and last all night (if you can stay awake that long).
You can see the moon from everywhere, but have you ever looked at it up close? New for 2022, Tim Trentadue will be at the Dark Sky Viewing Area to teach visitors bit about the moon, and you can take a up close look at the surface of the moon through his high powered telescope.
This meteor shower is the northern hemisphere’s finest annual display of ‘shooting stars’. In 2022 it is visible from July 17th to August 24th , with the shower’s peak is during the overnight hours of August 11th/12th. If you watch the night sky for at least 15 minutes during its peak, you are guaranteed to see at least one meteor—likely more. The longer you watch, the more meteors will flash through the sky.
* Please note that the peak of the shower falls near a full moon so many of the meteors will not be visible. We expect you will still see some, however moon glow will prevent you from seeing as many meteors as usual.
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