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Astronomy Nights!

 

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Thank you for your interest in the

NEW EYES OLD SKIES Astronomy Nights.

Our 2017 Winter Astronomy Hikes will be held on February 25 2017 and March 18 2017

Our 2017 Spring Summer and Fall Observing sessions will be commencing in April 2017. 

 

Astronomy Programs and Observing at Cold Creek Conservation Area

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In partnership with the Township of King’s Environmental Stewardship Team, our first observing site during the month is Cold Creek Conservation Area which is located in Nobleton, Ontario.  Astronomy at Cold Creek Conservation Area is a great way to become acquainted or reacquainted with the night sky.  The atmosphere is relaxed and fun for the whole family.

Our Astronomy Program will be held on the first Saturday scheduled around the First Quarter Moon.  Our program will consist of a “What’s in the sky this month” as well as talks about objects, observing tips with guest speakers and how to use astronomical equipment.  This program will run regardless of weather conditions.

Astronomers with or without telescopes are invited to observe on the north playing field (Spring, Summer and Autumn months) or near the Education Centre facility (Winter Months), weather permitting.

Our programs at Cold Creek Conservation Area will commence in April 2017.  Please see our events calendar below.

Please note the program for Saturday February 25th and March 18th is a Snoweshoe Astronomy Hike.  Telescope may or may not be set up for observing…

Directions from Toronto:



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  • From Hwy 400, Take exit 43 for Regional Road 11/King Road toward Nobleton/King City
  • Turn left (West) onto King Rd/Regional Road 11
  • Drive for 11.5 km
  • Turn right (North) onto Concession Rd 11
  • Drive for 3.4 km
  • Turn right onto Cold Creek Conservation Area and through the gates (the gates should be open for programmed nights)

 

 General Information

  • We love pets…but please do not bring them.
  • All participants should bring red filtered flash lights and dress ten degrees below the expected temperature minimum.
  • A  proper dress code is important when being out in the field. Please make sure that you are dressed for  a summer evening in a conservation area setting. It gets chilly when the sun does down.
  • A long sleeved top, cotton for breath ability and comfort is best or a hoody or equivalent with a kangaroo pocket is the best sort of jacket. Long pants are a must.
  • Running shoes or a good sneaker with  white socks. Refrain from black socks. Mosquitoes are in  love with the black socks.
  • There are washroom facilities on the site but nothing to eat or drink
  • Please bring water or a warm thermosed drink. A snack is good to bring as well, especially if you are coming with young children.
  • During the months of June, July and August (and sometimes September), mosquitoes can be plentiful so please remember to bring  mosquito repellent. This is a conservation area.  
  • It is imperative to NOT spray insect repellent near any optical surfaces!
  • There is NO SMOKING on the site and please remember to take all your garbage with you.The outdoors at night are a lot of fun, when you dress with the right stuff!

    If you wish to be notified by email, please send an email to neweyesoldskiesobs@gmail.com to be added to our list of contacts.

    2017 Winter Astronomy Nights Schedule

    Saturday February 25th 7:00pm
    Saturday March 18th 7:00pm

    2017 Astronomy Nights Schedule (Spring, Summer, Fall)

    Saturday April 22nd 6:00pm
    Saturday May 27th 7:00pm
    Saturday June 10th 8:00pm
    July – StarFest – No Programme
    Saturday August 12th 7:00pm
    Saturday September 16th 6:00pm
    Saturday October 14th 5:00pm
    Saturday November 18th 4:00pm (early start due to Standard Time)


Hours of Operation

Winter 2015 Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
10:00am - 6:00pm
After hours by Appointment.
Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: Closed


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