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Nuit Noire

Tuesday July 3rd, 2012 to
Sunday July 29th, 2012


Thu Jul 5th, 2012 — 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A group show dedicated to the beauty and majesty of the night sky, a testament to those artists, sculptors, scientists and astronomers who still turn their gaze skyward for inspiration.  Our second annual dark sky festival! Free sidewalk star party and lectures, paintings, photos and sculpture all about the night.

Featuring the artists;

Alisdair MacRae, Anna Edels, Barbara Gamble, Denis Larouche, Emaly Galeano, Glen Foster,
Harry Nowell, Jake Morrison, Jean Jewer, John Felice Ceprano, karl ciesluk, Gilles Quenneville, MaryAnn Camps, Maureen O’Neill, Melissa Garnett, Michael Kinghorn, Patti Normand, Preston Zaborowski, Ren Hui, Rebecca Mason, Reid McLachlan, Sayward Johnson, Sharon Lafferty, Sanjeev Sivarulrasa, Tony Clark, D. H. Monet

Nuit Noire Event Schedule

Tuesday, July 3, (FULL Moon)
7:30 pm
Screening of
"The City Dark," A new documentary about light pollution that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. By Ian Cheney. 
Telescopes will be available for viewing in front of Cube Gallery during the event.

Thursday, July 5, (Saturn/Mars visible)
7:00 pm
Vernissage and opening party
of Nuit Noir. Meet the artists, and enjoy live verse about the night sky by local actor John Koensgen with violin accompanyment by Canterbury student Scott Stuart. Prepare to be surprised, charmed, entranced and informed about our galaxy.   
Telescopes will be available for viewing in front of Cube Gallery during the event.

Sunday, July 8, 2:00 pm
Free Lecture: "On the Edge"
This month Human Kind reaches the edge of our solar system!  After a 35 year journey, the Voyager 1 spacecraft is finally entering interstellar space. How do we use an elderly robot to explore the edges of our solar system -- or even know where it? Astronomy educator Tim Cole tells the Voyager's amazing story.
 Tim Cole is an amateur astronomer, a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, and an educator with the Canada Science and Technology Museum. A former aerospace engineer, Tim is a writer and illustrator specializing in science education and outreach.

Thursday, July 12 (Saturn/Mars visible)
7:00 pm
- Midnight
Free Dark Sky Party and Lecture
7:30 pm: A free lecture by Professor Peter Watson, dept. of physics, Carleton University: "There are More Things in Heaven ...."  Twenty years ago we knew of 10 planets in the universe, and  we thought we had the solar system pretty much figured out. Now we know of thousands of planets. Join us as we explore the solar system and the discovery of exoplanets.

8:30 pm: A free lecture by Robert Dick of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, and
University of Ottawa:
"Jewels of the Summer Sky"
There are many celestial objects in the evening sky but only a few are visible from a city. This presentation will guide you to the best and brightest, and will explain their significance.

Aprox 9:00 pm
After the sun sets a family friendly "streetwide star party" will be held on Julian Ave. featuring telescopes, videos and star viewing courtesy members of RASC.  This evening star party will be held on the first private street in Canada to vote to turn off their streetlights for this night sky event! 

Museum Joins Cube Gallery in Celebrating Night Sky

Thursday, July 26 (Saturn/Mars visible)
7:00 pm - 10:00
The Universe: You Are Here!
Melanie Hall, Curator of Astronomy: Canada Science and Technology Museum

How big is the Universe really? Is there life on other planets? What is dark matter, and why should we care about it? Discover the secrets of our Universe with this fun, engaging and interactive presentation that will leave you with a better understanding and appreciation for the Universe we live in.


"... Ik weet niets met zekerheid, maar het zien van de sterren maakt dromen mij."

“... For my part, I know nothing with any certainty  but that the sight of stars makes me dream” 

“... Je ne sais rien avec certitude, mais la  vue des étoiles me fait rêver.” 

Vincent Van Gogh

Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Robin MacKay, (Lawyer) & Nuriye Sahin, (Immigration Consultant)
SkyNews Magazine
Katherine Hobbs (Kitchissipi Councillor)
Wellington West BIA
Focus Scientific
The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Bridgehead Wellington West
James Casey (Wicked Delicate Films).