Cancelled tonight: Big Sky Astronomical Society Perseid Meteor Shower Event

Saturday, Aug 11, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Big Sky Observatory, Highway 529, midway between Highway 2 and Highway 23; GPS Coordinates 50° 13' 48" (50.23°) North and 113° 24' 00" (113.40°), Twin Valley Dam, Alberta

*** Unfortunately, due to unclear skies, this event has been CANCELLED for tonight. Crossing our fingers for clearer skies tomorrow night.****

So come on out to the Big Sky Observatory (BSO) on Sunday night and enjoy the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. In addition to meteors, you will also have the opportunity to look through the observatory telescope and view the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules (M13), the Dumbbell Nebula (M27), and the Ring Nebula (M57). We will also use the telescope to observe Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, and Venus. We might also take a look at Neptune.

This is a public event and there is no charge for admission, although donations are always appreciated. Please note that all visitors to the Big Sky Observatory use the site AT THEIR OWN RISK. The utmost care should be exercised at all times while you walk around the site, particularly at night. All visitors are strongly encouraged to arrive before sunset and to bring along a flashlight. Upon arrival, please familiarize yourself with the site before it gets dark. Please be aware that it's difficult to find the observatory after dark, especially if you have never been there before.

In addition to a flashlight, we advise you to bring along warm clothing. If you are coming to visit between May and September, you may also want to bring along some bug spray. Please do not apply bug spray when you are standing near any astronomical equipment. Other items that you may want to bring include; binoculars, a camera, a small telescope, glow sticks, and a lawn chair. If you plan to sit on the ground, you will want to bring some warm blankets.

Please note that the Big Sky Observatory does not have a washroom. However, there is a very basic washroom facility located about 200 metres away, in the day-use area. Visitors may be asked to sign a waiver while visiting the Big Sky Observatory. The Big Sky Astronomical Society, its Officers and Directors, and its Members and Volunteers, will NOT be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that occur while you are visiting the Big Sky Observatory.
The Twin Valley Dam Campground is NOT in operation this year, unlike in past years, and so their is an important change that you need to know regarding parking. This year, the gate leading down to the Day Use Area is locked and so only the small parking lot (located near the locked gate) is available to visitors. Also, you will now have to walk about 200 metres to get to the Big Sky Observatory. We apologize for this inconvenience and we are working with the Government of Alberta to resolve this problem, although we are not expecting the problem to be resolved until September 2018 or later.

Contact James Durbano
Phone 4036017570
Email [email protected]


Big Sky Observatory, Highway 529, midway between Highway 2 and Highway 23; GPS Coordinates 50° 13' 48" (50.23°) North and 113° 24' 00" (113.40°), Twin Valley Dam, Alberta

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