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Food Lab

Mixing Food and Science, FOOD LAB is a fun, interactive cooking demo of molecular gastronomy at which ingredients meet technology in quirky cooking techniques to obtain unique flavors, textures and style. The best part? You get to eat.

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

 

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.

In 2018, Jeff Bartlett and Jack Fusco debuted Chasing Darkness, Episode 01: Alberta, Canada, during the Dark Sky Festival. This year, they’re going to teach you how to capture your own dark sky images in just 90-minutes.
During Photograph the Stars: A How-to Guide to Astrophotography, the two astrophotographers will move quickly, beginning with the basics and ending on timelapse techniques that will help take your own night-sky photography adventures to another planet. It’s a high-paced, hands-on event that will leave you longing to explore the Jasper Dark Sky Preserve through your own lens.
About Jeff Bartlett and Jack Fusco
Jeff Bartlett is an adventure photographer and filmmaker based in the Canadian Rockies. His work blends adventure and vibrant landscapes to portray a true sense of place.
Jack Fusco is an astrophotographer based in San Diego, California. Through his photography and films, he hopes to capture the sense of wonder and vastness that we all feel while staring out into a star-filled sky.

Our attraction to the moon was first expressed through music, poetry, even superstition. Science fiction then created a shift toward thinking about the moon in a scientific, technological way. Now, with plans for lunar-orbiting space station, we are about to make it an extension of the earth itself.

Our fascination with the moon has not always been pure; the “race to the moon” was driven by military, propaganda and patriotic considerations. What place will the moon occupy in our future? Lunacy is a musical, scientific, visual exploration of our relationship with our closest celestial body, past, present and future.

 

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