Shooting Stars in Jasper National Park: Oct 24-26


star_trip1_FeatureDates: Oct 24-26, 2014 (3 full days)
Location:  Trip leaves from Edmonton, AB, Canada
Cost: $1395 per couple, extra child $100 (sharing same room)
Accommodation: Moderate – Log Cabin-like room with two double beds, bathroom with shower, kitchenette.
Description:

Participate in the global Citizen Science opportunity to document the Orionids Meteor Showers (shooting stars).  This year the meteor showers take place when the moon is almost new, making meteor watching awesome.  The weekend is right near the peak of the shower, so we should see quite a few shooting stars.  What better place to see the show than Jasper National Park, a Dark Sky Preserve!

You will meet up with your Trip Lead in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada early Friday morning for the scenic train trip to Jasper Townsite in Jasper National Park.  You will then be transported to the cabin at Malign Canyon, your home for the rest of the weekend.  After settling in, you will have the afternoon and evening to explore the area.  We will go out at midnight to view and document the meteors, and upload our data to NASA.

The Athabasca glacier in the Columbia Icefields.

The Athabasca glacier in the Columbia Icefields.

On Saturday, Parks Canada have a number of activities planned for the Dark Sky Festival that weekend. We will transport you to Jasper Townsite so that you can participate in any of the events there, or go hiking and enjoy the Rocky Mountains.  After dark or in the early morning (weather dependent) we will head out to document and photograph the meteor shower.

This amazing trip will take you into some beautiful country, give you a chance to see some of Canada’s glaciers before they are gone, perhaps see the northern lights, and participate in a global Citizen Science project of documenting the Orionid Meteor showers.  See you there!

What’s Included

  • Return transportation to Edmonton
  • Van transportation between the cabin and Jasper, and reasonable daily transportation to nearby trailheads
  • Room with two double beds, bathroom & shower, kitchenette

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    Log Cabin-like room

  • All meals, glass of wine or specialty drink with dinner
  • Trip Lead
  • Citizen Science T-shirt

Cost details

Travelers should plan on a night in Edmonton on Thursday as the train leaves Edmonton at 7:30 AM.  You will be back in Edmonton by noon on Sunday for 1PM or later flights.

$500 deposit per person is required to secure your place, you will be invoiced for the remainder, including any applicable taxes, 6 weeks prior to the trip.

Itinerary

Friday

7:30AM-1:00PM Train to Jasper through the Rocky Mountains

6:00PM BBQ Dinner

8:00PM-11:00PM Beyond the Stars (optional)

Explore the night sky with volunteers armed with their deep-sky telescopes from the Edmonton Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Also throughout the evening, featured guest speakers will take you past the stars with a twist of pop culture and through space with some quirky takes on current popular topics.

12:00-2:00AM Shooting stars (Citizen Science)

Saturday:

Late breakfast!

12:00-4:00PM Jasper Dark Sky Festival (optional) -or- hiking/exploring/photography

  • Pop Bottle Water Rockets (Kids)
  • Dark Sky Guest Speakers Alan Dyer (Astronomy author and photographer), Chris Becket (Royal Astronomy Society of Canada National Observing Chair), Peter McMahon (Wilderness Astronomer), Joan Marie Galat (Author), Dr. Brian Ventrudo (Astronomy educator), Wilfred Buck (Cree aboriginal story teller)
  • Out of this World Science Demo (Kids)
  • Live Planetarium Shows – Have you ever been stargazing in the middle of the afternoon? Join us in our Digital Mobile Planetarium. We’ll show you what to look for in our star-filled sky and how to find the most interesting constellations.
  • Family Fun Science (Kids)
  • Daytime Astronomy – Mom always told you never to look directly at the sun. Well, now you can! Astronomers will be on hand with their solar telescopes to help you get a daytime glimpse of our sun and solar system.
  • Reach for the Stars Rocket Launch (Kids)

5:00-6:00 Dinner

6:30PM Col. Chris Hadfield – A night of Space and Music featuring Jay Ingram (optional, additional $95 per person)

Canadian Astronaut, Col. Chris Hadfield will headline the Jasper Dark Sky Festival with a keynote address about his experiences on and off planet earth. Joining Col. Chris Hadfield will be former host of the Daily Planet, Jay Ingram – together two of the greatest minds in Canadian science will have a conversation about their experiences. Join us in Jasper National Park at the 2014 Jasper Dark Sky Festival for a night of space and music, featuring Col. Chris Hadfield and Jay Ingram and his band, The Free Radicals

8:00 11:00 PM Pyramid Island Starlight Adventure (optional)

Pyramid Island will be the starlit base camp to the night sky and experience the wonders of the galaxy with astronomers from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

12:00-2:00AM Shooting stars (Citizen Science)

Sunday

7:00AM –12:00  Travel to Edmonton in time for 1PM or later flights

 

Big Horn Sheep by the side of the road.

Big Horn Sheep by the side of the road.

Partners

If you need assistance with travel to/from Edmonton, or need a hotel in Edmonton, we recommend our travel partner Your Paradise Awaits.  They can also help you with travel insurance, which we strongly recommend.