Star Gazing Festival coming on Aug. 8

Once again, Bill Burnyeat of the HR MacMillan Space Center will do a presentation

Bill Burnyeat talks about the planets and the stars during last year's Star Gazing Festival. The community astronomer at the HR MacMillan Space Centre also will be taking part in this year's event.

Look forward to another evening of learning and entertainment as Wells Gray Country services committee hosts the seventh Star Gazing Festival on Thursday, Aug. 8.

The event will once again be held at the Trophy Mountain Buffalo Ranch (20 km up the road to Wells Gray Park).

Gates will open at 7:30, with the presentation to start at 8:30.

Admission will be by donation.

Once again, Bill Burnyeat, a native Vancouverite with a lifelong passion for the stars, will do a presentation on various features of the night sky for the Stargazing Festival.

Raised and educated in the Lower Mainland, Burnyeat 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 in schools and at University of British Columbia, where a telescope-making course flourished briefly.

Since 2001, Burnyeat has been the resident astronomer at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, where he operates the 75-seat planetarium star theatre.

Each summer, he 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.

A number of telescopes will be available and so participants will have a chance to view some stars and planets following Burnyeat’s presentation.

A concession will sell drinks and snacks, while Success by 6 will have a craft table for children.

Participants are advised to bring a chair or blanket to sit on. There will be lots of parking available.


Last year’s Star Gazing Festival was a success, with approximately 150 people in attendance (a nice mix of local residents and tourists).



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