Festival of Galaxies 2022
On select dates for Jasper in January, our astronomy staff experts will spotlight some of the most amazing galaxies in the heavens as part of our Planetarium & Telescope Experience COMBO.
For this – our 5th annual – Festival of Galaxies, we’ll be highlighting quasars: the most distant objects in the observable universe.
From the stunning spiral arms of the Whirlpool Galaxy to the massive core of the Andromeda Galaxy (home to 1 trillion suns), to active galactic nuclei at the edge of time, you’ll have the chance to see these ‘cities of stars’ at their best.. all through the most powerful telescopes in the Rockies.
(most Wednesdays & Fridays in summer – 2022 times coming soon!)
*** Transportation NOT included for this activity ***
At Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (meet/check-in at our desk in the Main Lodge), then drive together to stargazing location
NOTE: This tour requires a minimum of 10 participants to run. If this number is not met before start-time, participants will join the rest of our Planetarium / Telescope COMBO guests for the evening and be refunded the difference in price.
Join astronomy experts from The Jasper Planetarium for an out-of-this-world Rocky Mountain evening experience:
* includes our world-exclusive dome theatre experience with a LIVE astronomy expert AND our Telescope Experience
* after participating in the first part of our Planetarium & Telescope Experiences, follow your dark sky guide (who will make an announcement) to travel to a specially-selected site in the world’s largest accessible dark sky preserve
* laser-guided tour of naked-eye constellations and planets (if visible)
* “learn together” with binoculars we supply and look at our Milky Way and deep space objects for yourself
* get tips on how to use your DSLR camera to photograph auroras and the Milky Way
* if weather permits, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of live objects in space as seen through our binoculars
Location: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (meet/check-in at our desk in the Main Lodge)
Duration: up to 3 hours (come-and-go as-you-like)
Minimum age: 4
Per Person: Adult/$79.00, Youth/$35.00 (ages 4-17)
(Sat in Sept / Fri & Sat in Oct 2022)
2022 times coming soon!
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 us for 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 photographic presentation of some of the best views of Jasper Dark Sky Preserve or a quick workshop about how to photograph objects in the night sky with your DSLR camera.
*** IMPORTANT: in order to make your Skytram flight, please arrive at the Lower Skytram Station NO LATER than 20-minutes prior to your flight ***
2022 Jasper Dark Sky Festival
(Various departure times)
Oct 14-22, 2022
Since its first year nearly a decade ago, the Jasper Dark Sky Festival has since become Canada’s largest celebration of the night sky, regularly drawing guest speakers from the ranks of NASA astronauts and Hollywood celebrities…
CHECK BACK SOON FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE 2022 Jasper Dark Sky Festival
NOTE: All of our Telescope and Binocular Experiences are a learning opportunity with many outdoor activities that are not weather-dependent and weather-permitting views of the sky. While we DO NOT need the sky to be completely clear to use our telescopes and/or binocolars, we CAN NOT guarantee clear skies. We DO NOT provide refunds if skies are too cloudy to observe with our telescopes and/or binocolars, BUT can offer a “rain check” to re-book for another date if-desired.