Dark Sky Festival
August 18 - 21, 2022
Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Dark Sky Festival
The annual Dark Sky Festival is a celebration of the return of dark skies to our northern latitude (60°N). Festival activities take place in Fort Smith, NWT and the in world's largest Dark Sky Preserve, Wood Buffalo National Park.
At the Dark Sky Festival we do not just look at stars - we try to answer your questions about science through fun and interactive activities.
Come and explore the universe - enjoy our northern hospitality!
Aurora Northern Nites - Presentation (Zoom / YouTube)
Crewed Space Exploration
> date to be announced (Sept 2022)
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Human Space Flight
The presentation will provide an overview of humanity's achievements in crewed space exploration.
Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Astronomical Society
PO Box 1354
Fort Smith, NT X0E 0P0
We are located at:
Persons in Science
Dr. Roberta Bondar Northern Observatory Fort Smith, NWT
We were preparing to introduce Dr. Roberta Bondar, our keynote presenter at 7th annual Dark Sky Festival on August 24, 2018. Without alerting anyone before hand, the Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Astronomical Society (TAWBAS) announced that the society’s local observatory in the Fort Smith Star Park was being dedicated as the Dr. Roberta Bondar Northern Observatory. From Roberta’s reaction it was clearly a surprise!
This dedication was in recognition of the stupendous support and inspiration that Dr. Bondar provides to TAWBAS and its membership. It also serves as a tribute to her persuasive effort and support of the designation of Wood Buffalo National Park as dark sky preserve.
This is but one of many testaments to Roberta’s lifelong dedication to inspire people’s curiosity of all things science and her quest to excite everyone to continue to explore the natural wonders of our world and space.
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Updated: 12 August 2022