The Bayside Astronomy program has been cancelled for the summer of 2020 due to Covid-19. Unfortunately, it is too difficult to operate the telescopes while maintaining adequate social distancing between volunteers and members of the general public. Although the program is cancelled for the time being, there is still plenty to see in the night sky! We invite you to check out our Facebook page to learn more about what’s currently visible over the Bruce Peninsula. Additionally, the observation deck and marina at Lion’s Head are still accessible to the public. Please observe social distancing rules when using these spaces, and exercise caution around the rocks that have accumulated on the beach.
Please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/baysideastronomy/, for updated scheduling and the theme of the week.
Would you like to see Saturn’s rings, or Apollo’s 11’s landing spot on the moon? Do the ideas of Star Nurseries, Planetary Nebula and Coloured Stars intrigue you? Do you want to know how to distinguish stars from the planets? Join us and discover the wonder and mystery of our Peninsula’s dark skies by taking part in the Biosphere’s Bayside Astronomy Program.
Every Friday and Saturday at dusk in the summertime at the Open Air POD (Peninsula Observation Deck) just steps from the Lion’s Head Marina. Telescopes and astronomers are on hand, eager to share their knowledge (and the sights) with you.
Sessions are offered in the summer at Miller Lake Campground on Monday nights and Summer House Campground on Wednesday nights. Additionally, we’re at the Bruce Peninsula National Park’s Singing Sands every Sunday night.
The program is lead by astronomers and former local teachers Doug and Paula Cunningham, who along with our dedicated volunteers and our summer students, provide their scientific knowledge and fascinating stories and myths about the night skies as they operate their scopes. Due to the generosity of our volunteer astronomers, Scotia Private Client Group, a grant from Canada Summer Jobs and Ridgewood Capital Asset Management, the Biosphere Association is able to offer the program at no charge. A bonus for you is that amateur astronomers bring their own telescopes so that these scopes combined with the Biosphere’s three telescopes means few or short lineups!! We are looking forward to seeing you, your guests and families at dusk during our beautiful summer evenings here on the Bruce.