Dark Sky Festival - Seminars & Workshops
Reclaiming Star and Moon Knowledge
- Hosted by Richard Van Camp
Friday afternoon (time to be announced)
Come and join Richard on a voyage of discovery as he describes and illustrates what he has heard and discovered from various knowledge holders and Elders regarding Indigenous and traditional experiences and knowledge of the stars, the Moon and our night sky.
More details to follow !
TAWBAS Special Presentation: Friday (Aug 19)
Time to be confirmed
Cassini's 20 Year Mission
Roland Dechesne (video link)
Join Roland via a video for a presentation on the fascinating discoveries that the Cassini probe made during its 20 year to Saturn and its many moons. The Cassini-Huygens mission provided a close-up study of the gas giant planet, as well as its rings, moons, and magnetosphere. The Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn in 2004, dropped the Huygens probe to study Saturn’s moon Titan. Cassini orbited Saturn for the next 13 years and in 2017, running low on fuel, Cassini was intentionally vaporized in Saturn’s atmosphere.
Tawbas Seminars: Friday (Aug 19)
Time to be confirmed
- Basic Aurora Photography / Astrophotography
Mark McGuire - TAWBAS Volunteer
Wondering if your camera is good enough to photograph the aurora or make star trails? Let our talented presenter walk you through the basics of night-time photography.
For this casual, hands-on session, bring your camera and learn how to prepare for a quiet evening of photographing the night sky and the aurora borealis. Discussion topics can range from camera selection right through to the camera/video settings you should be using as well as site selection and preparation.
- Basic Astronomy & Our Night Sky
Tim Gauthier - TAWBAS Volunteer
Newcomer to the hobby of astronomy? In this seminar, your presenter will take you through a casual tour of the night sky as viewed from your backyard.
This “crash course” in basic stargazing will guide you through the basics of what you can see in the sky, how the sky changes over the year, identifying the main constellations in all four seasons and ways to better see the sky with your unaided eye or a simple telescope or pair of binoculars.
Tawbas Seminars: Saturday (Aug 20)
4:00 to 4:45 pm
- Meteor Impacts / the Earth gets smacked!
Mike Couvrette - TAWBAS Volunteer
Since the formation of our home planet Earth, it has been bombarded by objects from outer space and many of them have left their marks in a big way. In this presentation we look at the science of meteoroids and the resulting impact sites across the globe, including Pilot Lake NT, and on our solar neighbors.
The presentation includes a scaled down demonstration of a meteorite impact!
- Telescope Use and Selection
Join us under one of the canopy tents to learn more about telescope use and the differences between a refractor, reflector or the compact Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope. Find out how the different types of mounts work and their uses in astrophotography. Have that nagging question of what would be the best telescope for you to buy answered, and much more.
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Updated: 9 August 2022