Bayside Astronomy Returns for 2023 

Photo: New Bayside Astronomy Program Manager Dante Hunter.
Submitted by Mike Warkentin,
Biosphere Association Volunteer (aka “The Dark Sky Guy”)

After a three year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, Bayside Astronomy is returning for the summer of 2023. The volunteers have missed showing you the wonders of our dark skies, and we have missed some truly amazing wonders such as Comet Neowise in 2020. 

The program will run from Friday June 30th at the Lion’s Head Marina until Saturday September 2nd. As in previous years, we will start around sunset on Fridays and Saturdays in Lion’s Head, so drop by after Harbourside Music on Friday nights. We will also be at Singing Sands Provincial Park on Sunday nights, Miller Family Camp on Mondays and Summerhouse Park on Wednesdays. 

We start with an introduction, then a short talk on the importance of preserving our night skies and then a star talk by our Program Manager. Then when it is dark enough, our local amateur volunteers will show you the night sky through their own telescopes. Remember Bayside is free, and there is no need to book anything, just show up.

 This summer we have hired Dante Hunter as our Program Manager. Here is a little bit about Dante, and if you see him around town, give him a warm Bruce Peninsula welcome!

“My name is Dante, and I am thrilled to be representing Bayside Astronomy as a Bayside Astronomy Program Manager. As a 4th-year Physics student currently studying at McMaster University, my passion for astrophysics, cosmology, and astronomy has been a driving force in my academic journey. I find the mysteries of the universe to be captivating, and I am interested in several different topics in these fields, including dark matter, dark energy, black holes, stellar evolution, mixing processes within stars, exoplanets, and much more. I also enjoy visual astronomy and astrophotography, as I am able to view the vastness of space through a telescope. 

 When I am not studying or viewing the cosmos my time is spent playing the guitar. Some of my favorite artists to play and listen to include Pink Floyd, Rush, Led Zeppelin, and John Mayer. Apart from guitar, I also enjoy golfing and nature walks. I am excited to be a part of the Bayside Astronomy team and share my passion for the universe with others. I look forward to meeting you at our summer Bayside Astronomy star shows, where we can marvel at the wonders of the night sky and embark on cosmic journeys together.”

So join us this summer and learn about why the Northern Lights are so common this year, why it may be the best Perseids meteor shower in a long time, and why dark skies are important. Be starstruck!

Carpe Noctem!