Nova East Star Party

August 26–28, 2022

Smileys Provincial Park 
Hants County, NS


Under construction.
Site will go "live" on June 4, 2022.

Atlantic Canada's Longest-Running Star Party

Organized by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Halifax Centre.

The last time we gathered together at Smileys Provincial Park was 2019 due to COVID-19.
We have high hopes that in 2022 we can be Together Again Under the Stars. 

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Group Photos

At the 2019 Nova East (the last one held before the COVID-19 lockdown, we had a great weekend looking up! What will 2022 look like? Join us!

Watch a time-lapse of the telescope field at pre-COVID 2019 Nova East. Three nights of incredible observing!

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 astronomers' lounge and 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).

The decision to go forward with Nova East or to cancel will be made in the week before Nova East. Should Nova East be cancelled, refunds on shirts will not be available. However, registration and camping fees will be refunded:

  1. If payment sent via e-transfer, you will be refunded via e-transfer by our Treasurer, Gregg Dill.
  2. If payment was mailed in with a cheque or money order, the payment will be withheld until Nova East. The Registrar, Melody Hamilton, will contact you to determine the refund method.


Mail-In Registration - August 13, 2022
Email Registration - midnight, August 25, 2022
T-Shirt Order - July 8, 2022

Special Features of the 2022 Nova East

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.

Our famous astro-breakfasts are returning for Saturday and Sunday mornings - pastries, fresh fruit, juice, coffee, tea. What better way to start the morning after a night of observing? Be sure to bring your own plates and utensils. Cups will be provided by Robin's Donuts for the hot beverages - but you are welcomed to bring your own. Please note that no hot food items will be offered this year. Breakfast will not be provided to registrants on Monday morning.

Astronomer's Lounge
A quiet place for late night socializing. A kettle will be available as well as basic elements for refreshment. This will be held in the Events Building from 10 PM - 1 PM only on Friday and Saturday nights. To conserve our night vision, a red light will be used.

Flea Market:
In lieu of the auction held triennially, it was decided that a flea market would be fun for everyone! Bring your astronomy gear, imaging items and astronomy-related books you would like to sell. There will also be a "donations table" where you can place items that members can pick up their newfound treasures and make a donation to RASC Halifax Centre. Let us know in the comments portion of the registration form if you are participating or email our Registrar if you decide after your registration has already been forwarded.

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.

Quiet Hours:
Registrants will be asked to respect a quiet time on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 1:00 AM to 8:00 AM.

Nova East Etiquette
To make Nova East an enjoyable and safe experience for everyone, we would appreciate your co-operation in following the Nova East Star Party 2022 Nova East Etiquette.

Astrophotography Contest:
In the past, Nova East has hosted the annual award ceremony for the RASC Halifax Centre Astrophotography contest. This year, the winners of the 3 contest categories and the People's Choice Award will be announced at the Centre's Annual General Meeting (AGM) as well as the People's Choice Award. This weekend will be a great opportunity to work on your submissions!

Public Observing:
Because of health and safety concerns, members will not be offering views through their telescopes to the public this year.  We will be notifying registrants and Park staff should this change. However, the public are welcomed to join Chris Young for his Sky Tour & Lore and Tony Schellinck for his binocular RASC Novice Observing Program (please Bring Your Own Binoculars).

For information about facilities at Smiley's Provincial Park and nearby hotels and amenities, visit Accommodations.

Nova East 2019 Promo Video


Sunrise. Sunset. Moon.

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

Friday Evening, Aug. 26, 2022

Sunset: 8:04 p.m.
End of Civil Twilight: 8:32 p.m.
End of Nautical Twilight: 9:09 PM
End of Astronomical Twilight: 9:49 p.m.

Moonset: 8:15 p.m.
(Waning Crescent, ~0.3%)

Saturday Morning, Aug. 27, 2022

Start of Astronomical Twilight: 4:44 a.m.
Start of Nautical Twilight: 5:24 a.m.
Start of Civil Twilight: 6:01 a.m.
Sunrise: 6:32 a.m.

New Moon @ 5:18 AM, ~0.6%
Moonrise: 6:28 a.m.

Saturday Evening, Aug. 27, 2022

Sunset: 8:02 p.m.
End of Civil Twilight: 8:30 p.m.
End of Nautical Twilight: 9:07 p.m.
End of Astronomical Twilight: 9:47 p.m.

Moonset: 8:37 p.m. 

Sunday Morning, Aug. 28, 2022

Start of Astronomical Twilight: 4:46 a.m.
Start of Nautical Twilight: 5:25 a.m.
Start of Civil Twilight: 6:02 a.m.

Sunrise: 6:33 a.m.
Moonrise: 7:36 a.m.

Sunday Evening, Aug. 28, 2022

Sunset: 8:08 p.m.
End of Civil Twilight: 8:28 p.m.
End of Nautical Twilight: 9:05 p.m.
End of Astronomical Twilight: 9:45 p.m.

Moonset: 8:00 PM
(Waxing Crescent, ~3.0%)

Monday Morning, Aug. 29, 2022

Start of Astronomical Twilight: 4:47 a.m.
Start of Nautical Twilight: 5:27 a.m.
Start of Civil Twilight: 6:03 AM

Sunrise: 6:34 a.m.
Moonrise: 8:44 a.m.