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Our first completely NEW planetarium experience in 4 years…In an age of space tourism,  BLAST OFF from Jasper Dark Sky Preserve for: * an ‘orbital cruise’ around the Earth * ski craters on the Moon * fly through a comet tail * race through a giant canyon on Mars * dive under a moon of Jupiter * sail the seas of a satellite of Saturn and more!

NOTE: This is experience takes place in our planetarium dome theatre ONLY (Telescope Experience not included)  children under 4 years are not permitted

 

Enjoy the newly revamped and updated version of our signature dark sky planetarium experience in our 50-seat dome theatre, THEN come outside for our outdoor telescope experience with local astronomy guides and the largest telescope in the Rockies.

NOTE: This experience includes both planetarium AND telescopes. This is an outdoor ‘infotainment’ experience that happens rain-or-shine. If our night is clouded over, participants are permitted a rain-check to come back another nigh at no-additional-charge.

 

Choose our “Ultimate Dark Sky Tour” option any day during the Jasper Dark Sky Festival for the most complete tour we offer: Start in our domed theatre and afterwards take-in our telescope experience. THEN hop in your vehicle to follow one of our local astronomy guides to our specially-selected dark-sky site for a laser-guided binocular tour of constellations, the Milky Way and maybe even a shooting star from the unspoiled Rocky Mountain wilderness.

NOTE: We do not provide transportation to the planetarium or from the planetarium to our dark sky site.

Solar-Gazing & Planetarium

See local constellations and auroras 40-seat domed theatre, then, look at safety-filtered views of solar flares and other details on the Sun with one of our knowledgeable astronomy experts.

Location: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, meet in the Main Lodge

$39/adult, $19/youth (ages 4-17)

 

Ever wish you could “drive” a spaceship? What about traveling through time? We get so many requests to let you – the audience member – control the planetarium, we’ve decided to turn the universe over to you! On select days during the Jasper Dark Sky Festival, join us in our domed theatre for a 35-45-minute session where you tell us what planet, space station, moon, comet, star or other cosmic destination (or dimension) you’d like to go to and we’ll take you there! (Don’t have any ideas? Don’t worry, we’ve got some back-pocket ideas to start off with.) You may even get a chance to take the controls of the planetarium (er, ‘universe’) yourself!

NOTE: This is a planetarium ONLY activity and does not include telescopes. This activity is different from our other planetarium offerings later in the evening.

 

Blast off with astronomy experts from The Jasper Planetarium for an exclusive dining and stargazing experience atop the Jasper Skytram. Your SkyTram flight will take you nearly 1 km closer to the stars above, to the Skytram Upper Station. Next, enjoy a 3-course dinner with the best view in Jasper from high on a mountaintop! Then, you’ll have the chance to look through the most powerful telescopes in the Canadian Rockies, under the darkest skies in the Rockies. Join a guided tour of the Solar System, learning about planets, galaxies, and constellations, and if you’re lucky, you might even see a meteor or the Northern Lights! You’ll also have a chance to attend a special talk on Canada’s dark skies or a quick workshop about how to photograph objects in the night sky with your DSLR camera.

*Weather-permitting. In the event the skies are clouded-over, an extended indoor portion will take place at the Upper Skytram Station and we’ll have the chance to explore the Athabasca River Valley (including the town of Jasper) through our telescopes on the mountain. Being 1,000 metres higher than Jasper, the Skytram upper station is usually 10° cooler than in town. So bring warm layers to enjoy the outdoor star gazing portions of the evening.

NOTE** RETURN FLIGHTS RUN AT BOTH 9:30 and 10:30 pm.

Blast off with astronomy experts from The Jasper Planetarium for an exclusive dining and stargazing experience atop the Jasper Skytram. Your SkyTram flight will take you nearly 1 km closer to the stars above, to the Skytram Upper Station. Next, enjoy a 3-course dinner with the best view in Jasper from high on a mountaintop! Then, you’ll have the chance to look through the most powerful telescopes in the Canadian Rockies, under the darkest skies in the Rockies. Join a guided tour of the Solar System, learning about planets, galaxies, and constellations, and if you’re lucky, you might even see a meteor or the Northern Lights! You’ll also have a chance to attend a special talk on Canada’s dark skies or a quick workshop about how to photograph objects in the night sky with your DSLR camera.

*Weather-permitting. In the event the skies are clouded-over, an extended indoor portion will take place at the Upper Skytram Station and we’ll have the chance to explore the Athabasca River Valley (including the town of Jasper) through our telescopes on the mountain. Being 1,000 metres higher than Jasper, the Skytram upper station is usually 10° cooler than in town. So bring warm layers to enjoy the outdoor star gazing portions of the evening.

NOTE** RETURN FLIGHTS RUN AT BOTH 9:30 and 10:30 pm.

Blast off with astronomy experts from The Jasper Planetarium for an exclusive dining and stargazing experience atop the Jasper Skytram. Your SkyTram flight will take you nearly 1 km closer to the stars above, to the Skytram Upper Station, where you’ll have the chance to look through the most powerful telescopes in the Canadian Rockies, under the darkest skies in the Rockies. Join a guided tour of the Solar System, learning about planets, galaxies, and constellations, and if you’re lucky, you might even see a meteor or the Northern Lights! You’ll also have a chance to attend a special talk on Canada’s dark skies or a quick workshop about how to photograph objects in the night sky with your DSLR camera.

*Weather-permitting. In the event the skies are clouded-over, an extended indoor portion will take place at the Upper Skytram Station and we’ll have the chance to explore the Athabasca River Valley (including the town of Jasper) through our telescopes on the mountain. Being 1,000 metres higher than Jasper, the Skytram upper station is usually 10° cooler than in town. So bring warm layers to enjoy the outdoor star gazing portions of the evening.

 

NOTE** RETURN FLIGHTS RUN AT BOTH 9:30 and 10:30 pm.

VIP Stargazing Reception

Join the stars of the Dark Sky Festival for an exclusive evening at the newly renovated Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen. Stargaze through telescopes and learn more about the wonders of the night sky from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Mingle over delicious cocktails and hors d’oeuvres created by renowned chef Stuart Allen. Share smores and swap space and science stories with some of the most interesting minds in STEM. Note: The VIP Reception does not include admission to the Keynote event.

Please note each ticket includes 2 drink tickets and will be available for purchase after.

Music will be provided by James Renton of Edmonton’s own Fire Next Time.

Complimentary Shuttle Service to the VIP Stargazing Reception

Courtesy of Pursuit, the following shuttles will be available to attendees of the VIP Stargazing Reception:

  • 9:00pm: Complimentary shuttles will depart from the festival tent (located at 305 Bonhomme Street) to Wilderness Kitchen, Maligne Canyon.
  • 9:30pm to midnight: one shuttle will loop between Wilderness Kitchen and the Jasper Park Lodge, departing every 15 min.
  • 9:30pm to midnight: one shuttle will loop between Wilderness Kitchen to Visitor Information Centre, departing every 15 min.

Last busses will depart Wilderness Kitchen at midnight.

 

Nick Pope used to run the British Government’s UFO project; he researched and investigated UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles and other strange phenomena, leading the media to call him the real Fox Mulder. Seth is Senior Astronomer and Institute Fellow at the SETI Institute. For much of his career, Seth conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies, has published approximately sixty papers in professional journals, and most recently authored Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Start your Dark Sky Festival morning off with a bang by joining Seth and Nick in a conversation about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Ticket price includes a hot buffet breakfast.

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