Winter Skies: Aurora and Astronomy in Churchill Session II


The Churchill Northern Studies Centre, a Canadian subartic research station, with northern lights (aurora borealis) lighting up the sky

Event Dates: March 11-March 16, 2021

Total Cost: 2149.00 CDN

Located directly beneath the aurora oval, Churchill, Manitoba is the best place on Earth to view the aurora borealis, the spectacular atmospheric phenomenon better known as the Northern Lights. For over 240 years, astronomers and physicists have journeyed to Churchill to probe the upper atmosphere with cameras, balloons, and even rockets. You, too, can marvel at the aurora from the comfort of the CNSC’s heated viewing dome by night and explore the Churchill area by day. Local tours, cultural presentations and an afternoon of dog sledding offer a taste of life in the sub-arctic. The Churchill Northern Studies Centre, your home for five days, sits in the shadow of massive 1950’s era rocket launch towers. As the lights arc overhead in curtains of white, green and red, you’ll swear you can hear the countdown.

COVID-19 Note: All courses are currently being offered, pending travel restrictions due to COVID-19 being lifted. It is the participants’ responsibility to ensure they are able to travel safely to Churchill, as the travel restrictions vary with the participants’ location (from within Manitoba, within Canada, or outside Canada). The CNSC is taking safety precautions according to local, provincial, and federal guidelines. In the event of the course being postponed or cancelled, or if you are unable to travel to Churchill due to COVID-19 or other reasons, the course deposit, which is non-refundable, can be applied to a later course.