Stargazers of all types are invited to the third annual Stake Lake Star Gazing Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 11 p.m.
As the name suggests, the event is being held at the Stake Lake Star Park, 300 metres past the boat launch. Stake Lake is a 20-minute drive south of Kamloops on Lac le Jeune Road.
This year’s festival includes astronomy presentations by Bill Burnyeat with the MacMillan Space Centre and Colin Taylor, Thompson Rivers University instructor.
There will also be an astrophotography slide show, observatory tours, children’s activities and an update on the dark sky measurement project.
Presentations start at dusk and are followed by stargazing with club telescopes.
Because of the fall nip in the air, participants should dress warmly and wear sturdy footwear. A chair and red-light head lamp or red-light flashlight are recommended.
If there is rain or cloud, the event is still a go, but there won’t be a chance to view the stars.
Admission is free and there’s more information on the web at www.kamloopsastronomy.ca.