Cube Gallery

Nocturne X Sidewalk Telescope Festival

Friday July 6th, 2018
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm


NOCTURNE X

Festival of the Night Sky

Nocturne X is a free, family-friendly, art show and festival now celebrating ten years! This free community festival in the heart of Wellington West is hosted at Cube Gallery for Friday and Saturday this year. 
Too often we cheat the night of darkness by creating light pollution that dims the stars above. Nocturne festival creatively counters that with free lectures, music, sidewalk telescope parties and local businesses all celebrating the night sky.

event Schedule July 6 - 7


friday, July 6

7:30 - 8:30pm
Lecture and Discussion:
All the Gold You Dreamed of
Lecturer: Dr. Peter Watson

The observations of the collision of two neutron-stars on August 17th 2017 is probably the most important single astronomical event since Galileo first saw Jupiter’s moons in 1608. This talk will tell the (sometimes confusing) story of the lead-up to the event, what we learned, where we go from here, and where your wedding-ring or your gold teeth came from!

Sidewalk Star Party : Aprox 9:30 - 11:30pm

After the sun sets a family friendly sidewalk star party will be hosted by Ottawa's branch of RASC the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and PopScope Ottawa. Telescopes will be set up on the sidewalk in front of Cube Gallery and on Julian Ave.

saturday, July 7

Free Dark Sky Party and Lecture/Movie
Lecture and Discussion: 7:30 - 8:30pm
Charles O'Dale (Ottawa's own Crater Hunter)
A casual look at our moon will reveal the pummeling it has received over the eons by asteroids and comets. Our planet has received the same extraterrestrial punches. But where are all the craters? Recent research and exploration has revealed many impact sites on our planet. A brief explanation on the types of impact craters we have discovered, how they are created, the geology that identifies them, and where we can explore them will be presented. With images from the crater explorations of Charles O'Dale.

Sidewalk Star Party : Aprox 9:30 - 11:30pm
After the sun sets a family friendly sidewalk star party will be hosted by Ottawa's branch of RASC the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and PopScope Ottawa. Set up on the sidewalk in front of Cube Gallery and on Julian Ave. featuring telescopes, videos and star viewing courtesy local amateur astronomers and members of RASC.

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Local Business community helps to Celebrate Nocturne


The Merry Dairy
All around Town! (613 858-7560)
Celebrating the night sky on the street at the festival with ice cream sandwiches and popsicles!

Little Jo Berry's
1303 Wellington (613 761-8000)
Remember The Moon (an event 7-9pm, July7)
It’s a night of treats and savoury goods centred around the moon!

Won Ton House
1300 Wellington (613 728 8885)
Enjoy a dish inspired by the planet Neptune - "Neptune Delight!" Chinese tradition associates planets with the basic forces of nature.

Hintonburg Public House
1020 Wellington Street West (613 421 5087)
HPH will be offering a Nocturne Ten Cocktail menu starting  June 28 until after the festival.

Petit Bills
1293 Wellington (613 729 2500)
Drop by our sidewalks patio and enjoy our a cocktail celebrating astronomical science: "Europa!" (the ice moon of Jupiter).

Flock Boutique
1275 Wellington St. W. (613 695 0834)
Scoop up one of our mens or ladies limited edition moon tees in yellow or pink! Each one is printed by hand in our shop studio!

Osgood Properties
1284 Wellington (613-729-0656)
Osgood Properties will be turning off their outdoor lights and helping out with the Royal Astronomical Society's Telescope evenings and Sidewalk Star Party!

Fresh Air Experience
1291 Wellington (613-729-3002)
Fresh Air will be turning off their outdoor lights and helping out with the Royal Astronomical Society's Telescope evenings and Sidewalk Star Party!

World of Maps
1191 Wellington (613 724-6776)
World of Maps has maps, books and much more dealing with the Night Sky. See a globe of the moon or a mobile of our Solar System. There are also star discs, posters, books and atlases dealing with our planet Earth's location in this Solar System as well as images of our Galaxy and even... the entire Universe!

Bridgehead
1277 Wellington  (613 725-5500)
The iconic coffee bar will be generously serving free coffee to all the telescope enthusiasts on our two sidewalk star parties.

Ottawa Bagel Shop and Deli
1321 Wellington (613 722-8753)
Our Famous Bagel Shop will be offering patrons some great specials for the star gazer in you.