What's better than viewing the night sky the way it's meant to be seen? Seeing it with dozens of other stargazers!
The Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area is a great place to see the stars anytime... but if you want to learn a little more about the night sky overhead, we host a number of events between April and September.
2020 Event Schedule
Dates Subject to Change
International Dark Sky Week
International Dark Sky Week is from Sunday, April 19 through Sunday, April 26, 2020. Although nothing formal is planned at the Dark Sky Viewing Area, this week provides a great opportunity to get a jump on the prime stargazing season. Hope to see you at the DSVA!
Laser-Guided Stargazing Tour
Our popular Laser-Guided Stargazing Tour events take place on weekends near a new moon. Each start about an hour after dusk and last approximately 90 minutes. Weather permitting, you'll get a laser-guided tour of the night sky by Joe Gilker from Dark Arts Astrophotography and have the opportunity to take a look through a telescope at various celestial objects. These events are a great way for novice stargazers to get acquainted with the night sky.
- Before the Bugs Stargazing Tour
Friday, May 22 & Saturday, May 23
- Summer's Here Stargazing Tour
- Friday, June 19 & Saturday, June 20
- The Milky Way Stargazing Tour - Episode I
Friday, July 17 & Saturday, July 18
- The Milky Way Stargazing Tour - Episode II
Friday, August 14 & Saturday, August 15
- Goodbye Summer Stargazing Tour
Friday, September 18 & Saturday, September 19
Our monthly Astrophotographers Assemble events are geared toward night sky photographers (but anyone can attend). It's an informal evening where shutterbugs - from novice to expert and everyone in between - are encouraged to come out and photograph the stars overhead. Events begin about an hour after dusk and last all night (if you can stay awake that long).
Perseid Meteor Shower
The Perseid Meteor Shower, the northern hemisphere's finest annual display of 'shooting stars', peaks during the overnight hours of August 11th & 12th. One of the best places to see the meteors in North America is at the Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area! If you watch the night sky for at least 15 minutes on that night, you are guaranteed to see at least one meteor—likely more. The longer you watch, the more meteors will flash through the sky.
Please note: the peak is a week before a new moon so conditions should be quite good (weather permitting).