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Planetarium and Winter Stargazing

JASPER PLANETARIUM AND TELESCOPE EXPERIENCE PROGRAMS

Explore stars, planets, meteors, and auroras in all their glory in our 11,000-square-kilometre stargazing preserve!  In 2011, Jasper was designated the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomy Society in Canada for its low light pollution that creates ideal conditions for astronomical viewing.  Choose from our selection of programs below to experience these extraordinary opportunities for yourself.
 
Jasper Planetarium Experience
(Friday-Saturdays and holidays)
In addition to being the world’s largest most accessible dark sky preserve, Jasper is also one of the smallest towns in North America with its very own planetarium. Join the virtual guided tour in our inflated domed theatre LIVE with our astronomy guides, exploring local constellations, auroras, the Milky Way, to the edge of the universe from Jasper Dark Sky Preserve (Includes Q&A with staff / This program does not include the Telescopes Experience)
 
Times:  7:00 pm
Duration: 35mins
Cost:  Adult: $29.00  Child: $12.50 (ages 3-12)  Family rate: $65 family of four with up-to-two adults 
Holiday show dates:  Dec 21Jan 7, 2017, and March 17-April 1, 2017
 
Jasper Planetarium AND Telescope Experience
(Fridays-Saturdays and holidays)
 
“The Full Experience”… Guided Planetarium dome theatre tour PLUS educational Telescope Experience

Planetarium Experience (indoors)
In addition to being the world’s largest most accessible dark sky preserve, Jasper is also one of the smallest towns in North America with its very own planetarium. Join the virtual guided tour in our inflated domed theatre LIVE with our astronomy guides, exploring local constellations, auroras, the Milky Way, to the edge of the universe from Jasper Dark Sky Preserve (Includes Q&A with staff)

Telescope Experience (outdoors, dress warm)
Telescopes 101: LIVE guided tour of the largest, most powerful telescope in the Rockies, how telescopes work (and how to pick the right one for you… to explore the sky), a look at the latest archived imagery from our telescopes in Jasper, workshop on how to photograph the sky with your DSLR camera, …and if Mother Nature is kind enough to grace us with clear skies, live views through our telescopes from outdoors, next to the planetarium. This is an outdoor event,

 
Time: 8:30 pm
Duration:  35 mins planetarium/60-90 mins for telescope experience
Cost:  Adult: $49.00  Child: $22.50 (ages 3-12)  Family Rate: $110.00 family of four with up-to-two adults
Holiday show dates:  Dec 21 – Jan 7, 2017, and March 17-April 1, 2017
 
Telescope Experience ONLY
(Fridays-Saturdays and holidays)
 
Telescopes 101: LIVE guided tour of the largest, most powerful telescope in the Rockies, how telescopes work (and how to pick the right one for you… to explore the sky), a look at the latest archived imagery from our telescopes in Jasper, workshop on how to photograph the sky with your DSLR camera, …and if Mother Nature is kind enough to grace us with clear skies, live views through our telescopes from outdoors, next to the planetarium. This is an outdoor event, please dress warm.

(This does not include the Planetarium program)

(Note: we DO NOT guarantee clear skies or provide refunds if skies are cloudy, yet we will make sure that you do learn something. If the sky is clear or clearing, the outdoor evening experience may include stargazing… again with weather-permitting.)

Time: 9:15 pm
Duration: 60-90 mins 
Cost:  Adult: $29.00  Child: $12:50 (ages 3-12) Family rate: $65.00 family of four with up-to-two adults 
Holiday show dates:  Dec 21 – Jan 7, 2017, and March 17-April 1, 2017
 
Important terminology & things to know: 
 
A Planetarium is a domed theatre that simulates the night sky by use of a projection system. 
An Observatory is a building that houses one-or-more telescopes, for live viewing, under a domed roof.  (While we do have telescopes, and we do offer an educational Telescope Experience… we are not an observatory.)
We operate rain or shine / clear sky or cloud covered & snowing. We have a 24 hour cancellation policy.
Family rates are for 2 adults / 2 children or 1 adult / 3 children. (Additional members are charged at individual rate.)
Tickets: Book online / Sundog Tours office / Concierge Desk at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Location: Golf Clubhouse / 1 Old Lodge Rd, Jasper, Alberta
 
Note:  We DO NOT guarantee clear skies or provide refunds if skies are cloudy, yet we will make sure that you do learn something. If the sky is clear or clearing, the outdoor evening experience may include stargazing… again with weather-permitting. 
 
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Get the latest stargazing app…. 
 
Take a peek inside the dome: Jasper Planetarium on CTV’s Alberta Primetime…