One of my fondest camping memories in recent memory took place one night last summer. It was a weekday night at Darlington Provincial Park and there was hardly a soul in the park; there were probably only two other occupied sites in the Hilltop campground where I camped. The night was clear and the wind picked up. The surrounding trees protected my site from the wind but I could hear the water of Lake Ontario crash against the shore as the wind picked it up and threw it down heavily. I wanted to walk down and take a look; the sound was haunting, But I had just settled in and had started a fire. So I stayed put and sat next to it. Before long I was no longer memorized by the flame of the fire but by the brilliant glitter of the stars. It was like seeing them for the first time. I sat there for three hours with my head back stargazing into the night sky hoping to see a shooting star. I saw a few in that solitude of tranquility. It was a beautiful night that I will always remember.
This Saturday, March 23 between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. at the Port Whitby Marina, the town of Whitby is hosting a free Stargazing Party as part of their Earth Hour celebration. The Durham Region Astronomical Association will have telescopes available to the public. Hopefully you too can catch sight of a shooting star.
Hats off to the Durham Region Astronomical Association for putting on their Stargazing Party. Even though it was plus 2° C we were at the lake front it was very COLD. More importantly though, the sky was clear and I saw Jupiter in all its striped glory along with two of its moons. However, what impressed me the most was a crisp high-definition close up view of the moon. It was spectacular!