The 34th annual Mt. Kobau Star Party will begin at dusk July 22, 2017 and will end at dawn July 30, 2017
Talks for the 2016 MKSP which have been confirmed are listed below. Please check back periodically for updates to this page.
|3:00pm||Lee Johnson - Although Kobau regular Lee Johnson has retired from his day job, he still is a full-time Kobauite who has returned to the Holy Mountain every year since he started in 1986. Jobs may come and go, but the Universe abides.||The Mt.Kobau Flats||Mt. Kobau Skies This Week Join Lee for his annual talk calling attention to the Lemon Slice Nebula, a Quasar, and some Polar galaxies.|
|8:30 pm||Colleen O’Hare - Colleen has been involved with astronomy since 2004. She quickly gravitated towards outreach and participates in about 100 events each year. She is a founder of the Okanagan Observatory and is happy to call herself an astronomoholic.||The Mt.Kobau Flats||Spectroscopy is how we’ve learned almost everything about the universe. Colleen will talk about the history of this important field in astronomy, and outline what it does indeed tell us. Audience members will look at actual emission spectra of various gases to see the unique “UPC codes” that reveal their identities.|
|8:30 pm||Murray Paulson has been drawn to the night sky since childhood and continues to enjoy its many wonders. In the 1990s he discovered the excitement of solar eclipse and the pleasures of meteorite collecting. Murray continues to author the planets section of the highly-regarded RASC Observer’s Handbook.||The Mt.Kobau Flats||The Indonesian solar eclipse of March 9, 2016 was set against a wondrous backdrop of palm trees, black sand, and volcanic peaks ? but did the turbulent tropical weather cooperate for eclipse-chasers Joanne and Murray Paulson? Island-bound with no escape, the Paulsons knew it would be a tense day. Join them for a recount of their exotic eclipse experience.|
|8:30 p.m.||Don Gayton, M.Sc, P.Ag is a consulting ecologist who has made a career-long study of the effects of fire—and fire suppression—in BC’s southern interior. He is also the author of several non-fiction books on natural subjects.||The Mt.Kobau Flats||Living With Fire - Don will describe the role of fire in the Okanagan, a region described as a “historically fire-maintained ecosystem.” This topic was brought into sharp focus by last summer’s severe wildfire that burned the eastern slopes of Mount Kobau.|
|Nightfall||Murray Paulson||meet at The Mt. Kobau Flats||Binocular Star Walk - Bring your binoculars, family, and friends for this ever-popular event, weather permitting. Murray will guide you through the heavens showing you many of the highlights.|
|3:00pm||MKSP Organizers||The Mt.Kobau Flats||Awards and prizes