Eastend is a town in southwest Saskatchewan, Canada. It is situated approximately 55 kilometres (34 mi) north from the Montana border and 85 kilometres (53 mi) from the Alberta border.
The town is best known for the nearby discovery of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton nicknamed “Scotty” in 1994. The town has used the discovery of this fossil as the main centrepiece in the construction of a museum called the T.rex Discovery Centre, which opened on May 30, 2003.
Near Eastend, you can find the Cypress Hills Dark-Sky Preserve is one of the darkest, easily accessible dark-sky preserves and one of the largest with 39,600 hectares protected – that’s 97,850 football fields! To help visitors better experience the amazing dark sky that surrounds the park, Cypress Hills Saskatchewan opened their doors in August 2011 to an observatory. Current programming includes astronomy education programs, private and group bookings and an Astronomer-in-Residence program.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!