When was the last time you saw the sky like this?

This is the Sagittarius Milky Way as seen from Sandy Pond in Terra Nova National Park, in Central Newfoundland. On February 20th 2018, the Park became the first officially designated Dark Sky Preserve in Newfoundland, a designation granted by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, when certain light-restriction criteria has been met.

This has been the culmination of a collaborative effort between Terra Nova National Park and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada St. John's Centre. It is Newfoundland's first Dark Sky Preserve, and the 11th Parks Canada property to receive this designation, bringing the total number of Dark Sky Preserves in Canada to 20.

The St. John's Centre has been working with our proud partner "Parks Canada" for several years, advising on how to reduce local light pollution, and achieve RASC's designation of "Dark Sky Preserve". In addition, we participated in several public events at the Park educating patrons, holding astronomical viewing sessions, as well as training staff in the use of telescopes and how to navigate the night sky. As part of this collaborative arrangement, the St. John's Centre holds an annual "Night Sky Celebration" in late summer. If you are staying in the Park, or are in the area, be sure to join us.

For further information:

Parks Canada News Release 2018 03 12

CBC Newfoundland News Release 2018 03 18

Terra Nova National Park Dark Sky Preserve Webpage

RASC Dark Sky Designations

RASC Light Pollution Abatement


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