Festival of the Night Sky
Nocturne IX is a free, community-based, family-friendly art show and festival dedicated to the night hosted at Cube Gallery for Thursday and Friday this year.
Too often we cheat the night of darkness by creating light pollution that dims the stars above. Nocturne festival creatively counters that with free lectures, music, sidewalk telescope parties and local businesses all celebrating the night sky.
event Schedule July 6 - 7
Thursday, July 6
7:30 - 8:30pm
Lecture and Discussion:
“Getting Out and Enjoying the Night Sky”
A talk/image show by Ottawa astrophotographer Eric Le May Eric will be pulling from his collection of time lapse videos as well as his deep space images to demonstrate the motion of the stars and Milky Way throughout the night. He will also show the dynamics of auroras and lunar eclipses from just outside Ottawa. DeepSpacePhotography.com
Sidewalk Star Party : Aprox 9:30 - 11:30pm
After the sun sets a family friendly sidewalk star party will be hosted by Ottawa's branch of RASC the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and PopScope Ottawa. Telescopes will be set up on the sidewalk in front of Cube Gallery and on Julian Ave.
friday, July 7
Free Dark Sky Party and Lecture/Movie
Lecture and Discussion: 7:30 - 8:30pm
“Are We There Yet….?”
Dr. Peter Watson from the Dept. of Physics at Carleton delivers this years short lecture.
It has been a fantasy for thousands of years that we can use our Technology to move our Society to new Environments outside of Earth. Over the last 20 years we have found the vast numbers of planets that could (in principle) house humanity. There is an awful lot of universe to explore, so are we actually able to think about moving to new worlds? And are we likely to find life when we get there? Or do we just have to fix the mess in our own backyard first?
Movie: 8:30 - 9:30pm
"Juno Mission to Jupiter"
Great video explaining the science of Jupiter and the exciting Juno mission. Features interviews with scientists and engineers working on the probe with interesting computer-generated imagery of the mission.
Sidewalk Star Party : Aprox 9:30 - 11:30pm
After the sun sets a family friendly sidewalk star party will be hosted by Ottawa's branch of RASC the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and PopScope Ottawa. Set up on the sidewalk in front of Cube Gallery and on Julian Ave. featuring telescopes, videos and star viewing courtesy local amateur astronomers and members of RASC.
Wellington West Businesses in support of Nocturne
1283 Wellington 613 695-6457
Won Ton House
1300 Wellington (613-728-8885)
Enjoy a dish inspired by the planet Neptune - "Neptune Delight!" Chinese tradition associates planets with the basic forces of nature.
Twiss + Weber
1282 Wellington (613-761-1701)
The Merry Dairy
All around Town! (613 858-7560)
Celebrating the night sky on the street at the festival on Thursday July 2nd and Thursday July 9th - with the new "Spiral Galaxy Cone", chocolate frozen custard with white chocolate sauce drizzled on top; the "nebula cone", dark chocolate with clusters of rainbow sprinkles; and the "solar flare", a vanilla cone with caramel burst.
Hintonburg Public House
1020 Wellington Street West (613.421.5087)
A Thing For Chocolate
1262 Wellington (613-695-3533)
Indulge in a chocolate dessert filled with Home-made Ashta, honey, and nuts – “Milky Way”. For a limited time only for the Nocturne Festival!
1279 Wellington (613-404-4099)
1293 Wellington (613-729-2500)
Drop by our sidewalks patio and enjoy our new cocktail celebrating astronomical science: "Europa!" (the ice moon of Jupiter).
1284 Wellington (613-729-0656)
Osgood Properties will be turning off their outdoor lights and helping out with the Royal Astronomical Society's Telescope evenings and Sidewalk Star Party!
World of Maps
1235 Wellington (613 724-6776)
World of Maps has maps, books and much more dealing with the Night Sky. See a globe of the moon or a mobile of our Solar System. There are telescopes or binoculars to gaze up, and also star discs, posters, books and atlases dealing with our planet Earth's location in this Solar System as well as images of our Galaxy and even... the entire Universe!
1277 Wellington (613 725-5500)
Our favorite local coffee bar will be generously serving free coffee to all the telescope enthusiasts on our two Thursday eve sidewalk star parties.
Ottawa Bagel Shop and Deli
1321 Wellington (613 722-8753)
Our Famous Bagel Shop will be offering patrons some great specials for the star gazer in you. Enjoy gazing at Saturn this summer with a heavenly gelato. Ask the staff to pack you the store's special Stargazers Picnic Basket to bring with you on your nocturnal adventure!