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Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Astronomical Society

Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Astronomical Society

TAWBAS represents a collection of local amateur astronomers who have a passion for astronomy and space science and who are eager to share, learn and teach others who may have similar interest.  TAWBAS is based in Fort Smith, NWT, however, we do welcome anyone who would like to become a member.

TAWBAS is currently working on expanding our outreach program offerings that are delivered in cooperation with our community partners and government agencies.  We attempt to offer programs across the South Slave area of the NWT and the northern reaches of Alberta.

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Dark Sky Festival:  August
Come join us for spectacular night sky viewing in the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve - Wood Buffalo National Park. The annual Dark Sky Festival includes activities and events for all age groups, feature presentations and night sky viewing.
For details:  Dark Sky Festival  or  
Call  872-0243

Land & Sky Tour :

Watch the most northerly colony of nesting white pelicans feeding in the Slave River. Listen to the stories of an elder and learn to play Indigenous Dene games. Walk barefoot on the Salt Plains in Wood Buffalo National Park.

Then take to the skies for a 20-minute flightseeing tour. See homemade rockets streak into the sky, tour the new Fort Smith Observatory, and participate in evening workshops with guest speakers during the Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Dark Sky Festival. This northern celebration of space and science for novice stargazers and seasoned astronomers is held in the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve. 

Join us for a Journey through Land & Sky during a tour of Fort Smith and Wood Buffalo National Park August 17 - 20, 2017.

For detailed information go to: Land & Sky Tour - Wood Buffalo National Park.

AuroraNauts (Kids Space and Science Club)
A program to inspire the imagination of kids using science and space themed activities in a fun, safe and motivating environment. The "crew" of both boys and girls will be inspired by Mission Control Councilors using demonstrations on astronomy, rocketry, robotics and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects.

Meetings and Gatherings
We welcome and encourage members and interested persons to join us for our  meetings and observation gatherings.
Meetings are usually hosted at the Wood Buffalo National Park Visitor Centre (149 McDougal).

Fort Smith Observatory 
The fort Smith Star Park & Observatory is located near the Upper Air Station at the Fort Smith airport and includes a Roll-Roof Observatory.