Nova East Star Party

August 30 - Sept. 2, 2019

Atlantic Canada's Longest-Running Star Party

Organized by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Halifax Centre and the Minas Astronomy Group

Location: Smileys Provincial Park, Hants County, Nova Scotia

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Welcome to the home page of Nova East 2019! Nova East was originally established as the camping and observing weekend for the Halifax Centre and has grown to include participants from many other astronomy clubs in the Atlantic region, and a number of attendees from the northeastern United States. All participants come to enjoy dark skies. A limiting magnitude of +6 is the norm. Nova East occurs on a weekend near the new Moon phase towards the end of summer.

Nova East registrants have access to all events, including all talks, workshops and presentations, three nights of observing (weather permitting!), the potluck BBQ, the astronomers' breakfasts and the door prizes draw. When attending the talks, bring a folding chair for comfort. Nova East Registrants have onsite parking (if camping) or adjacent site parking (if not camping). Due to our fixed costs, refunds on shirts and registration will not be available.

DEADLINES:

Mail-In Registration - August 17th

Email Registration - midnight, August 29th

Shirt Order - July 19th

Submissions to Astrophotography Contest - August 9th

The CONTEST ENTRIES are now viewable in the Photo Contest section


Features of the 2019 Nova East

Public Talk:

Tiffany Fields will present the public talk on Saturday evening - Tweeting to the Stars at the Burke-Gaffney Observatory.

Speakers:

Many qualified speakers from near and far will address topics suitable for both the novice and the more experienced amateur astronomers.

Saturday Evening BBQ:

All welcome! You will not go away hungry from this delicious BBQ prepared by our Nova East Chef Andy Hasler with contributions from all Nova East registrants. Be sure to bring your plates and utensils to enjoy this veritable feast!

Astro-Breakfasts:

What better way to start the morning after a night of observing than with the astro-breakfast. It surely will brighten your morning.

Door Prizes:

One door prize ticket per registration will be issued during the registration process. There will be some "right some good" prizes to be won again this year! Note: Must be present to win.

Astrophotography Contest:

Nova East will host the annual award ceremony for the RASC Halifax Centre astrophotography contest. This year will again include the People's Choice Award. Don't be shy - submit your favourite astrophotograph.

The CONTEST ENTRIES are now viewable in the Photo Contest section

Public Observing:

Friday and Saturday evenings from 9 PM until 11:30 PM.

Quiet Time:

Registrants will be asked to respect a quiet time on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 2 AM to 8 AM.

 


Green Laser Pointers and Maglites:

No laser pointers. No Maglites after 10:30 PM on Friday and Saturday nights please. None will be allowed on Sunday night.


Nova East 2019 Promo Video

Sunrise. Sunset. New Moon.

To assist you in planning your astronomical observations, we have provided the times of sunrise and sunset as a guide.


Friday, Aug. 30

Sunset:  7:57 PM
End of Civil Twilight:  8:27 PM
End of Nautical Twilight:  9:04 PM
End of Astronomical Twilight:  9:43 PM
New Moon:  7:38 AM
Moonset:  8:31 PM

Saturday, Aug. 31

Start of Astronomical Twilight:  4:50
Start of Nautical Twilight:  5:30 AM
Start of Civil Twilight:  6:06 AM
Sunrise:  6:36 AM
Moonrise:  7:49 AM 

 

Saturday, Aug. 31

Sunset:  7:55 PM
End of Civil Twilight:  8:25 PM
End of Nautical Twilight:  9:02 PM
End of Astronomical Twilight:  9:41 PM

Moonset:  9:03 PM

Sunday, Sept. 1

Start of Astronomical Twilight:  4:52 AM
Start of Start of Nautical Twilight:  5:31 AM
Start of Civil Twilight:  6:07 AM
Sunrise:  6:37 AM
Moonrise:  9:08 AM

 

Sunday, Sept. 1

Sunset:  7:54 PM
End of Civil Twilight:  8:23 PM
End of Nautical Twilight:  9:00 PM
End of Astronomical Twilight:  9:39 PM
Moonset:  9:32 PM

Monday, Sept. 2

Start of Astronomical Twilight:  4:53 AM
Start of Nautical Twilight:  5:32 AM
Start of Civil Twilight:  6:08 AM
Sunrise:  6:39 AM
Moonrise:  10:25 AM

Photography at Nova East

Throughout the weekend during Nova East, pictures and video will be taken as means of recording events. By registering for Nova East, you have agreed that RASC Halifax Centre may use your voice, likeness and/or photograph for inclusion in the Nova East Star Party website and for use in communications to advertise the Star Party.

Want to extend your stay in Nova Scotia?

Why not make Nova East part of your vacation time in Nova Scotia? If you enjoy camping, you can extend your stay at Smileys Provincial Park or visit campgrounds in other areas of the province.


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