Are any of our fellow star gazers peering through your telescopes, dreaming of a galaxy far, far away? Perhaps you love astronomy AND sci-fi? Well, then this dark sky recommendation is meant for you!
Shag Harbour is famous for a 1967 UFO sighting. On October 4, 1967, multiple people saw a chain of lights in the sky, which seemed to angle down and impact into the ocean near Shag Harbour. Thinking that an aircraft might have crashed, witnesses called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. RCMP officers at the scene and other witnesses saw a light bobbing on the surface, which started drifting out to sea and disappeared. A rescue effort was quickly assembled. A large swath of thick yellow foam was witnessed in the water by fishermen and other rescuers who aided in the search for possible survivors. The Royal Canadian Navy soon launched an underwater search for possible debris, but nothing was found and the object was never identified. Several TV documentaries and a book have been created about the incident.
From the museum, you can enjoy “dark skies with no pollution. You can see to eternity. The Milky Way over the ocean, a beautiful sight to behold! Walking out on my back porch at night, it is a masterpiece to see. Great place to set up a telescope.”
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!