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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.
 
Skytram Star Sessions 
Fridays and Saturdays, 7:00 pm (dinner) / 8:00 pm (non-dinner)
(Sept and Oct) arrive 20 minutes in advance
 
“Blast off” from the Skytram Lower Station for a 9-minute “flight” to the Upper Station atop The Whistlers – a mountaintop 1km above the surrounding terrain (and 1 km closer to space.)
 
Join space author Peter McMahon, astronomy experts from The Jasper Planetarium and staff at the Jasper Skytram for an evening telescope experience at the top of a mountain.
 
Enhance this experience with a two-course dinner and exclusive views of the surrounding valley and mountaintops before going outside for an evening with the most powerful telescopes in the Rockies, on top of the Rockies.
 
 
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 Telescope Experience)
 
Summer times (daily April 28th – Sept 18th): 7:45 pm8:45 pm
Fall times (daily Sept 18th – Oct 28th):    7:45 pm only
Winter times (Fri/Sat from Nov-mid-Dec, daily Dec 15Jan 6): 7:30 pm only
Duration: 40 mins
Cost:  Adult: $29.00  Youth: $9.00 (ages 4-15)
 
 Jasper Planetarium/Telescope Experience Combo
 
“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.

Summer times (daily April 28th – Sept 18th): 10:00 pm
Fall times (daily Sept 18th – Oct 28th):    9:00 pm 

Winter times (Fri/Sat from Nov-mid-Dec, daily Dec 15Jan 6): 8:30 pm 
Duration: 40 mins planetarium/60-90 mins for telescope experience
Cost:  Adult: $49.00  Youth: $18.00 (ages 4-15) winter prices $55/$20
 
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.

Summer times (daily April 28th – Sept 18th): 11:00 pm
Fall times (daily Sept 18th – Oct 28th):    10:00 pm only
Winter times (Fri/Sat from Nov-mid-Dec, daily Dec 15Jan 6): 7:30 pm only
Duration: 60-90 mins
Cost:  Adult: $29.00  Youth: $9.00 (ages 4-15) winter prices $35/$11
 

See the wonders of the daytime sky at the Jasper Skytram

Daily, 12 noon – 5 pm (weather-permitting)
May – October
Skytram Lower Station

Join experts from The Jasper Planetarium for a look at giant flames on the Sun, the planet Venus, and maybe even a view of the Moon…All in a 10-20 minute tour at the base of the mountain.

Enhance your Jasper Skytram experience at the Lower Station before or after your flight, where a knowledgeable astronomy expert will show you a variety of different views, which may include:

* huge looping solar prominences, giant solar flames 100 times the size of Earth
* snaking filaments dozens of Earths long on the fiery surface of the Sun
* spicules and perhaps a rare “solar tornado” like distant fires, frozen in time
* the cloud-tops of Venus- perhaps the most extreme planet in our Solar System
* when its orbit makes it visible in the afternoon, views of craters and mountains on the Moon

*** You’ll even have the opportunity to take pictures of some of these objects with your phone! ***

This activity is available for purchase exclusively at the Jasper Skytram Lower Station

Pricing:
Adults: $15
Youth: $10

(5% tax-included)

 
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.
 
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Tonight’s stargazing forecast….
Get the latest stargazing app…. 
 
Take a peek inside the dome: Jasper Planetarium on CTV’s Alberta Primetime…