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Nova East, Atlantic Canada's longest-running Star Party
July 28-30, 2017

2017 Guest Speaker: Pat Kelly

Organized by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Halifax Centre
and the Minas Astronomy Group

Location: Smileys Provincial Park, Hants County, Nova Scotia

Welcome to the home page of Nova East 2017, the 30th anniversary of Atlantic Canada's regional star party. Nova East was originally established as the camping and observing weekend for the Halifax Centre, and has grown to include participants from many other astronomy clubs in the Atlantic region, and a number of attendees from the northeastern United States. All participants come to enjoy dark skies. A limiting magnitude of +6 is the norm. Nova East occurs on a weekend near the new Moon phase towards the end of summer.

REGISTER SOON: T-SHIRT DEADLINE JUNE 16th
Astrophotography contest: see below

Door Prizes: There will be several excellent door prizes at Nova East. Remember you have to be present at the draw on Saturday evening to win.

Pat Kelly, is the keynote speaker and special guest at Nova East 2017 and the title of his talk will be: The Natural Satellites of Jupiter.



Patrick Kelly (Fellow of the RASC).

Pat Kelly, born and raised in Nova Scotia, is a very well-known and highly valued member of the RASC Halifax Centre since 1981. He has served on the centre Council almost every year since then, in various capacities-you name it, he has done it. He is also an effective astronomy instructor and planetarium presenter. On the national level, he has contributed significantly to RASC publications in editorial roles, particularly as Editor of the RASC Observer's Handbook (2007-2011 editions).
Today, he represents RASC Halifax Centre on the National Council, and is Co-Chair of that Council. He continues to contribute to the RASC Observer's Handbook in several sections, including Phenomena of Jupiter's Satellites.
Living in Falmouth, he is a keen birder and is actively involved in the Blomidon Naturalists Society.

Features of the 2017 Nova East


Saturday evening BBQ: All welcome. We will cook up a delicious BBQ and just ask for registrants to bring a side dish, salad or dessert. If there are dietary restrictions, registrants are asked to bring their own food. Please indicate on your registration form if you plan to attend and what you might bring ( or contact ).

Door prizes: Each registrant will receive a door prize ticket. There will be some “right some good” prizes to be won!

Astrophotography contest: We will host an astrophotography contest for NE registrants.
All entrants must be registered for Nova East, but you don't have to be present to win.  Please send one submission per registrant in PDF format to .   We will confirm receipt of submission.

All submissions of astronomical subject matter will be considered (including atmospheric events).  Photos will be judged based on the following criteria: astronomical interest, originality, artistic value, and technical merit.  First prize will be a framed print of the winning submission.

The contest closes on Friday, June 30, 2017 at noon.

Public observing: Both Friday and Saturday evenings from dusk until 12 midnight. No laser pointers after 12 midnight please.

Last Updated: April 2017