Discovering the Winter Night Sky with Jim Critchley

March 7, 2020

March 7, 2020

$10 - $25

Leighton Art Centre, 144 Street West, Millarville



Events Description

Experience the Leighton Art Centre like never before – while gazing up into the beautiful night sky! Start your night sky journey by building your own Star Map and Star Map Finder (Planisphere). Then head into the night, guided by your flashlights and by our resident biologist and naturalist Jim Critchley, to the Echo Hill lookout point on the Leighton Centre property. Use your newly made Star Map to recognize and identify the stars, constellations and zodiac signs that light up the foothills at night.

The Winter Sky is a great time to view the Moon. We will also look for visible planets, passing satellites, and the winter constellations. We might even hear the coyotes howl!

Audience: Open to anyone with an interest in learning about the night sky! Great for families with kids ages 10 and up.

Supplies: Please bring a water bottle, warm clothes, sturdy shoes and a flashlight. Walking poles may be a good addition. We suggest you bring your camera and binoculars too. A portable lawnchair is an asset!


Guide’s Biography: This workshop will be led by retired Science Teacher, biologist and naturalist, Jim Critchley B.E.S, B.Ed, M.Ed. Jim is an experienced field researcher and Educator. He holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and has worked as a research technologist on an Atlantic Salmon spawning river for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He loves the night sky and has acted as a teacher-trainer docent for the provincial astrolabe travelling planetarium.

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Who is it for?


Adults and kids 10+ (with an adult)


Tickets : $10 – $25

$10 single ticket
$25 family ticket (2 adults, 2 kids)

How to get tickets?

Buy online

Phone: 4039313633




Date: Saturday March 7, 2020 | 7 – 9 pm

Venue & Address

Leighton Art Centre, 282027 144 St. West Foothills AB T1S 0Y4

Wheelchair not accessible

Free Parking

Not accessible by Public Transport

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