Four Corners Dark Sky Astronomy Tour
Blast off into the furthest galaxies, see the Perseid Meteor shower and learn more about a topic that has fascinated humans across the ages - space!
1 Hour Astronomy Tour
Dates: Nightly, August 11-14, 2021
Time: 10:30p.m. weather permitting
Highlights: Perseid Meteor Shower, Constellations, Jupiter and Saturn
Astronomy Guide: Michael Poon, Schulich Leader Nominee, 2021 Trottier Summer Intern and PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto
Take a break from the glow of your phone. Light up your evening with a personal, guided tour of the night sky instead.
When was the last time you really looked up at the night sky?
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Overview: Join us here at Four Corners Algonquin during the height of the Perseid Meteor Shower and enjoy a guided tour of the night sky!
Four Corners Algonquin | A designated Observatory Site Located on the edge of Algonquin Park, we are a dark sky friendly site, officially designated as an observatory on ClearDarkSky.org with forecasts generated based on data from the Canadian Meteorological Society.
Learn | See | Ask | Explore Whether you’re a family with young children interested in space, a space enthusiast, or a Star Wars fan, we welcome you to bring a blanket, some bug spray and your pressing questions about space.
Have you ever wondered:
Why does the Perseid meteor shower happen every year?
If we’ll ever make the jump to hyper-space like the Millennium Falcon?
How planets were formed and what they are made of?
Now is your chance to find out!
Michael will answer all of your questions, explain what it takes to become an astronomer, share a bit about his personal research, teach you how to find planets and fun facts about the perseid meteor shower that you can use to impress your friends.
All you need to do is sit-back and watch one of the greatest “light” shows!
Night-Sky Guide | Michael Poon We are thrilled to welcome Michael Poon as our night-sky guide. Michael will be joining the University of Toronto Astronomy Department as a graduate student in the fall of 2021. Michael is interested in planetary astrophysics, and has previously worked on research projects related to warped protoplanetary disks and hot Jupiter evolution.
Favourite Planet: Jupiter, because it hosts very exotic-looking moons. Google search how they look, and think about how spectacular it would look if those were the moons we saw in our very own night sky.
Favourite Constellation: Orion, because it's one of the easiest to identify in the night sky. I remember every car ride home at night in the winter, I could pick out Orion's belt in the night sky. It's a uniquely colourful constellation. It has a bright red star (Betelgeuse) among a sky of mostly blue stars.
Tips for those interested in learning more:
Check out Stellarium - free phone/computer software you can use to plan your night sky hunt. You enter your location, date and time and it shows you what you can expect to see. Four Corners Algonquin GPS coordinates are 45.49605 -78.23507. Our best views will be of the sky from North-East to South-West.
Those living in Toronto should check out AstroTours when things open up. It's a monthly event hosted by the Astronomy graduate students at the University of Toronto where you can hear science talks and view the night sky from large university telescopes. I've volunteered as a telescope operator as an undergraduate and will be volunteering again as a new graduate student in the Fall! Come visit :)