Nova Scotia's RASC Dark Sky Preserve

In July 2010, RASC declared Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site to be an official Dark Sky Preserve. Parks Canada made the application in June 2010 according to established guidelines with the assistance of RASC Halifax Centre. The DSP has an accessible core zone unspoiled by artificial light and sky glow. There is also be a public outreach component with facilities to help park visitors interpret and enjoy the night sky and to learn about the importance of natural skies to the environment. Be sure to visit the Sky Circle near the main campground. Watch for programs of native star lore along with scientific information about the sky.

2019 Keji Dark Sky Weekend: 

August 23, 24, 25

Keynote speakers: Cathy LeBlanc & Dave Chapman

"Connect with Mi'kmaw Moons"

Saturday, August 24, at the Visitor Centre

 Learn about the Mi'maw Moon times, their names, their meaning, and how they reflect the annual ecological cycle on Earth. With Two-Eyed Seeing, discover the relation between conventional astronomy and traditional Mi'kmaw ways of knowing.

At other times we will observe with telescopes on every clear night, plus there will be other events for youth and an afternoon drop-in centre with solar telescopes
 
 
Watch our video from the 2017 Dark Sky Weekend:
 

Kejimkujik Clear Sky Chart (mouse click on thumbnail)

 

This segment of the light pollution map of North America clearly shows the urban light domes around Halifax and other maritime urban areas. The chart is centred on Kejimkujik National Park, which happens to have almost the darkest skies in Nova Scotia.

Example of Light Pollution in Prospect, Nova Scotia, near the city of Halifax

(middle right on the light pollution map)

 Links

 International Dark Sky Association

 RASC Light Pollution Abatement Resources

UNESCO Starlight Foundation

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