5th Annual Dark Sky Festival
Special Guest Presenters: 2016 Dark Sky Festival
TAWBAS and festival co-host, Wood Buffalo National Park is please announce our Special Guest Presenters are:
Chief Operating Officer Montréal
Science Centre and Astronaut.
Astronaut Julie Payette was the first Canadian to go to the International Space Station (ISS). She was the mission specialist of the 2nd crew ever to visit ISS in 1999. Julie made another trip to ISS in 2009. During the two missions she logged 611 hours in space and more than 400 circuits of Earth.
Julie served as Chief Astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency from 2000 to 2007. In 2013 Julie was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Montreal Science Centre.
For more Information on Julie Payette:
Julie Payette's bio Montreal Science Centre.
On-camera meteorologist for CBC TV.
As part of CBC's News Network team, Johanna reports on local, national and international weather & science stories. With a background in seismology and earth science, she is often called on as the go-to expert for insight into breaking science stories.
Johanna enjoys flying and has her glider's and pilot's licenses. She enjoys teaching children about weather and science and will be a lead contributor to TAWBAS’s AuroraNaut program.
For more information on Johanna Wagstaffe:
Johanna Wagstaffe's bio
Festival At A Glance
Pre Festival Activities
- AuroraNauts Science Camp
- Night Sky & Landscape Photography Workshop
- Land and Sky Tour
Thursday (August 18)
- Early Bird evening social
- Evening observing session (Fort Smith Sky Park)
Friday (August 19)
Afternoon: - Circus of Science
- Science Academy
- Stellar Workshops
Evening: - Welcome reception and dinner
- Feature presentations
- Pine Lake Early Bird sessions
Saturday (August 20)
Afternoon: - Circus of Science II
- Science Academy
- Stellar Workshops / Open forums
Evening: - Festival dinner & Feature presentations
- Glo-stick Jamboree / Fire-side chat
- Observing sessions
Sunday (August 21)
Morning: - Hot breakfast
- Kids activities, Open forums
- Solar observing
Afternoon: - WBNP nature excursion