- Bryce Canyon has an annual 4-day Astronomy Festival in early July
- On a moonless night 7,500 stars can be seen
- Night sky programs run May-September, Thursdays and Saturdays, weather permitting
- The night sky is so dark that the light from Venus will create shadows!
Overview and Information
Bryce Canyon has the longest running astronomy course in the National Park Service, started in 1969.
The NPS night sky program includes an indoor multimedia presentation followed by sky viewing with telescopes:
- Weather permitting
- From May to September
- On Thursdays and Saturdays
Expect to see the Milky Way and other constellations with the naked eye.
Look for Venus, the North Star, the Big Dipper, Vega and Antares, the Scorpius constellation, the Andromeda Galaxy, Saturn and Sagittarius among many other planets, stars, nebulas and galaxies.
With telescopes, see galaxies an estimated 50 million light years away, and some planetary nebulas including M51 and the Swan nebula.
Rangers and volunteers offer lectures, constellation spotting tours and stargazing adventure nights.
Location and Information
- Bryce Canyon National Park Visitor Center
- Tel: 435-834-5322
- Website: http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/astronomyprograms.htm