Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival

The Hermitage and Hillary Alpine Centre, Mt Cook, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand

Announcing the Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival.

Tickets are available now!

Where: The Hermitage, Mt Cook Village (with some events at neighbouring venues, including Mt Cook airport and Lake Pukaki).

When: Friday 13 October 2017 to Sunday 15 October 2017.

Why:The Festival will celebrate the creation of the southern hemisphere’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, in the Mackenzie Basin and at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park in the centre of New Zealand’s South Island.

The events

The Festival will comprise a mix of scientific, educational and cultural events over three days, designed to attract school students, family groups and members of the public and astro-tourists and stargazers from overseas who are interested in learning more about the stars, the night sky, the problems of light pollution and the appreciation of the environment and outer space.

The events will include stargazing, lectures, planetarium shows, a tour of Mt John University Observatory, documentaries on the night sky, a photographic exhibition, solar scopes and more.
Some events will be free, while others will have a nominal charge.

The venue

The main Festival venue will be the Hermitage, Mt Cook village in the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, including at the Hillary Alpine Centre and Planetarium. Some events may be at nearby venues at Mt Cook, at Lake Pukaki or at the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory, Lake Tekapo.

The organizers

The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve Board, in partnership with the University of Canterbury.

More information

Contact: John Hearnshaw,
Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Canterbury

Visit this website for further Starlight Festival news as the Festival programme is developed.

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