The North York Astronomical Association invites you to attend its annual star party

Starfest presents
Strange New Worlds


(That's just days away!)

Starfest is recognized as one of the world's top 10
star parties!

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“Hot Jupiters” … rocky, earth like planets … hycean worlds … exomoons

The study of exoplanets is revolutionizing our understanding of planetary systems, cosmology, and the potential for life beyond Earth.

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a crucial tool to locate planets that are out there and better understand how planets form.  Transit studies use JWST’s infrared sensors to examine the infrared spectrum around stars for telltale signs of atmospheric molecules.  Those same sensors have already imaged galaxies, with surprisingly complex structures, created sooner than thought possible after the Big Bang.  During the Period of Reionization, those galaxies were hotbeds for star formation which made the universe transparent to light by absorbing surrounding gases from the Big Bang.  As stars were formed from the attracted gases became stars and, in the process, generated dust may have led to the development of planets in the ensuing billions of years.

Starfest 2024 will explore the latest advancements and discoveries in exoplanet research, from detection techniques to characterization methods and their implications for astrobiology and planetary science.  Our invited speakers will share their work with us and we ponder the questions of “Where are the planets?” and “Is there life out on those planets?”

You won’t want to miss this exciting Starfest experience!  Come and join your fellow astronomy enthusiasts for this outstanding weekend under the stars!

Starfest is Canada’s largest annual amateur astronomy conference and star party attracting hundreds of astronomy enthusiasts from Ontario, neighbouring provinces and the USA.  It has been ranked among the top star parties in North America by Sky and Telescope magazine.

Starfest campground

Astronomy is an amazing hobby for those of all ages.  Beginner or more experienced, Starfest is for YOU.  Come join the camaraderie of viewing the night sky with fellow astronomy enthusiasts.  Fun activities for the whole family!

Starfest offers a variety of observing-oriented activities that address the needs and interests of experienced observers and astrophotographers, as well as those new to the hobby.

  • Observing sessions
  • Guided sky tour
  • Leading-edge speakers
  • Workshops
  • Children's activities
  • Commercial Exhibits with hands-on displays
  • Astrophotography

Rain or shine, you'll have a great time!

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Starfest is a camping weekend away from city lights, and is not well suited for those on a day trip.