Join the Wells Gray Country services committee as it hosts the ninth Star Gazing Festival at a new location, Edgewater Blue, adjacent to the Thompson Rivers University Research Centre (25 km north of the Infocentre on Clearwater Valley Road, the road to Wells Gray Park) on Thursday, Aug. 6.
Once again, Bill Burnyeat, a native Vancouverite with a lifelong passion for the stars, will do a presentation on various features of our night sky. Burnyeat was raised and educated in the lower mainland of B.C. He was a daily newspaper reporter in the early 1980s, but changed hats to become the community astronomer at the HR MacMillan Space Centre.
For more than 20 years, he has visited schools, communities, and clubs all over British Columbia to put on astronomy presentations. Burnyeat also taught night school and continuing education for school districts in Vancouver, Burnaby, and West Vancouver in addition to the University of British Columbia, where a telescope-making course flourished briefly.
Since 2001, Bill has been the resident astronomer at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, where he operates the 75-seat planetarium star theatre.
Each summer, Bill leads a community astronomy tour of the province, during which a large telescope is trucked around provincial parks, enabling visitors to get a chance to see the stars in pristine outdoor conditions.
Gates will open at 7:30, with the presentation beginning at 8:30. Admission to this event is by donation. On site will be a children’s craft table and concession.
Some seating will be provided but it is best to bring a chair or blanket to sit on. NO DOGS please.
Parking will be provided at the TRU Centre, which is located across the road from the event. Handicap parking will be provided on site.
Come see what amazing sites our skies offer with telescopes provided by Burnyeat and also Clearwater resident Ron Vander Zwan!