What’s better than viewing the night sky the way it’s meant to be seen? Seeing it with dozens of other stargazers!
The Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area is a great place to see the stars anytime… but if you want to learn a little more about the night sky overhead, we host a number of events between April and September.
Our organized public viewing events have wrapped up until the spring. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean that the fun is over. If it’s a clear, moonless night, there’s a good chance that there will be a gathering of stargazers and astrophotographers at the DSVA.
Laser-Guided Stargazing Tour
Our popular Laser-Guided Stargazing Tour events take place on weekends near a new moon. Each start about an hour after dusk and last approximately 90 minutes. Weather permitting, you’ll get a laser-guided tour of the night sky by Joe Gilker from Dark Arts Astrophotography and have the opportunity to take a look through a telescope at various celestial objects. These events are a great way for novice stargazers to get acquainted with the night sky.
- Before the Bugs Stargazing Tour
Friday, May 3 & Saturday, May 4
- Springtime Stargazing Tour
Friday, May 31 & Saturday, June 1
- Summer’s Here Stargazing Tour
Friday, June 28 & Saturday, June 29
- The Milky Way Stargazing Tour – Episode I
Friday, August 2 & Saturday, August 3
- The Milky Way Stargazing Tour – Episode II
Friday, August 30 & Saturday, August 31
- Autumn’s Arrival Stargazing Tour
Friday, September 27 & Saturday, September 28
Our monthly Astrophotographers Assemble events are geared toward night sky photographers (but anyone can attend). It’s an informal evening where shutterbugs – from novice to expert and everyone in between – are encouraged to come out and photograph the stars overhead. Events begin about an hour after dusk and last all night (if you can stay awake that long).
- Saturday, April 27
- Saturday, May 25
- Saturday, June 22
- Saturday, July 27
- Saturday, August 24
- Saturday, September 21
Perseid Meteor Shower
The Perseid Meteor Shower, the northern hemisphere’s finest annual display of ‘shooting stars’, peaks on Tuesday, August 13th. One of the best places to see the meteors in North America is at the Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area! If you watch the night sky for at least 15 minutes on that night, you are guaranteed to see at least one meteor—likely more. The longer you watch, the more meteors will flash through the sky.
Please note: the peak is 2 days before a full moon so conditions will not be ideal.