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Jasper Planetarium and Telescope Experiences

JASPER PLANETARIUM AND TELESCOPE EXPERIENCE PROGRAMS

jasper_planetarium_telescopesWelcome to our virtual guided tour inside our inflated domed theatre LIVE with our astronomy guides.  Orbit the Earth, looking down on the night-time storms and auroras.  Explore local constellations, the Northern Lights, the Milky Way, right to the edge of the universe from Jasper Dark Sky Preserve.   

In 2011, Jasper was designated the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomy Society in Canada, (11,000-square-kilometre of stargazing), for its low light pollution that creates ideal conditions for astronomical viewing.  

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 it’s very own planetarium. 
 
We invite you to choose from our selection of programs below to experience these extraordinary opportunities for yourself.
 
 
Jasper Planetarium Experience
 
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 (daily April 28th – Sept 18th): 7:45 pm, 8:45 pm
Times (daily Sept 18th – Oct 28th):    7:45 pm only
Duration: 40 mins
Cost:  Adult: $29.00  Youth: $9.00 (ages 4-15)
 
 
 Jasper Planetarium AND Telescope Experience
 
“The Full Experience”… Guided Planetarium dome theatre tour PLUS educational Telescope Experience

Planetarium Experience (dress warm)
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.

 
Times (daily April 28th – Sept 18th): 10:00 pm
Times (daily Sept 18th – Oct 28th):     9:00  pm
Duration:  40 mins planetarium/60-90 mins for telescope experience
Cost:  Adult: $49.00  Youth: $18.00 (ages 4-15),
  
 
Telescope Experience ONLY
 
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 experience does not include the Planetarium program)

Note:  The Telescope Experience is a learning opportunity with weather permitting views of the sky.  While we DO NOT need the sky to be completely clear to use our telescopes,  we CAN NOT guarantee clear skies.  We DO NOT provide refunds if skies are too cloudy, but will offer a “rain check” to re-book for another date.

Times: (daily April 28th – Sept 18th): 11:00 pm
Times: (daily Sept 18th – Oct 28th):    10:00 pm
Duration: 60-90 mins 
Cost:  Adult: $29.00  Youth: $9.00 (ages 4-15)
 
Important terminology & things to know: 
 
Planetarium vs Observatory
A Planetarium is a domed theatre that simulates the night sky by use of a projection system.   In contrast, an Observatory is a building that houses one-or-more telescopes, for live viewing, under a retractable 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, even when snowing. We have a 24 hour cancellation policy.  We will not refund “No Shows”.
 
Tickets: Book online / Sundog Tours office / Jasper Adventure Centre / Concierge Desk at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge / Front Desk at Marmot Lodge.
 
Marmot Lodge (Summer location): Pool courtyard, 86 Connaught Drive, Jasper.
 
NOTE:  The Telescope Experience is a learning opportunity with weather permitting views of the sky.  While we DO NOT need the sky to be completely clear to use our telescopes,  we CAN NOT guarantee clear skies.  We DO NOT provide refunds if skies are too cloudy, but will offer a “rain check” to re-book for another date.
 
MORE: 
Tonight’s aurora forecast….
Tonight’s stargazing forecast….
Get the latest stargazing app…. 
 
Take a peek inside the dome: Jasper Planetarium on CTV’s Alberta Primetime…