8 Tuesday August 25 2015 Cosmos come alive at TAWBAS Dark Sky Festi- val By DALI CARMICHAEL Astronomers from Kamloops to Yellow- knife came together at the worlds largest dark sky preserve to celebrate the stars at the Thebacha and Wood Buffalo Astronomi- cal Societys fourth annual Dark Sky Festival from Aug. 21 to 23. Between peering through high-power tele- scopes and sessions in the national parks portable planetarium kids and adults alike enjoyed learning from special guests includ- ing NASA researcher Michelle Nichols expert night-time photographer Yuichi Takasaka and wilderness astronomer Peter McMahon. Local indigenous leaders also joined the fun this year leading Dene hand games cooking bannock on a stick and telling sto- ries of the land and the stars. PhotosDaliCarmichael ENVIRONMENT ASTRONOMY Wilderness astronomer Peter McMahon left helps Madeline Napier-Buckley light off her model rocket built during a Science Academy session for kids. Ivy Boden left and her brother Stuart check out Prof. Quarks dry ice comet created to simulate the real thing. Yellowknifes top science teacher Prof. Quark leads an interactive session on aerodynamics. Festival-goers warm up while learning how to play Dene hand games from Peter Paulette at centre holding a drum. Expert photographer Yuichi Takasaka shares the secrets of capturing the night sky with a digital SLR camera. Jacob Bevington and Solen Kikoak bake some of Maggie Sikyeas famous bannock over the re on a stick.