Annual Astronomy Festival

STARS, PLANETS & THE MILKY WAY

Join us for our 16th Annual Astronomy Festival (June 1 - 4, 2016) with Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers and the Salt Lake Astronomical Society. (Keynote speaker to be determined)

Having trouble finding a place to stay? Consider our Bryce Canyon Campgrounds or check the local accommodations guide at Garfield County Travel Council website.

 
SLAS operators preparing their telescopes for evening of stargazing

Salt Lake Astronomical Society preparing their telescopes for an evening of stargazing

NPS photo by Kevin Doxstater

DAY 1: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17

  • 10:00am-3:00pm (open house)
    SOLAR ASTRONOMY @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center

  • 10:00am-2:00pm (assembly) and 11:00am-3:00pm (launch) MODEL ROCKET BUILDING & LAUNCHING workshop @ Bryce Canyon City Fire Station/Emergency Service Bldg. (kits with motor from $10-$30 - purchase rocket kit voucher at Visitor Center bookstore) Spectating is FREE and encouraged!

  • 1:00-4:00pm Afternoon Stargazing in PORTABLE PLANETARIUM - Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium

  • 4:00-5:30pm PLANET WALK @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center

  • 6:00-7:00pm PLANISPHERE PRACTICE @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Theater

  • 3 CONCURRENT PRESENTATIONS - FREE tickets must be obtained in person @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center beginning at 6:00p.m. on Tuesday.

    - 8:15-9:15pm @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Theater: TBA

  • - 8:45-9:45pm @ Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium: TBA

    - 9:15-10:15pm @ North Campground Amphitheater: TBA

  • 10:00pm-12:30am STARGAZING @ The Bryce Canyon Visitor Center's trailer drop-off/overflow parking lot:

    HUGE TELESCOPES
    provided by the Salt Lake Astronomical Society & Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers.

    CONSTELLATION TOURS by Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers
 
Ranger helps child prepare model rocket for launch

Astronomy Randy Dunning assists child in preparing model rocket for launch.

NPS photo by Kevin Doxstater

DAY 2: THURSDAY, JUNE 18

  • 10:00am-3:00pm (open house)
    SOLAR ASTRONOMY @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center

  • 10:00am-2:00pm (assembly) and 11:00am-3:00pm (launching) MODEL ROCKET BUILDING & LAUNCHING workshop @ Bryce Canyon City Fire Station/Emergency Service Bldg. (kits with motor from $10-$30 - purchase rocket kit voucher at Visitor Center bookstore Spectating is FREE and encouraged!
  • 1:00-4:00pm Afternoon Stargazing in PORTABLE PLANETARIUM - Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium.

  • 4:00-5:30pm PLANET WALK @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center

  • 6:00-7:00pm PLANISPHERE PRACTICE @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Theater

  • 3 CONCURRENT PRESENTATIONS - FREE tickets must be obtained in person @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center beginning at 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night.

- 8:15-9:15pm @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center: TBA

- 8:45-9:45pm @ Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium: TBA

- 9:15-10:15pm @ North Campground Amphitheater: TBA

  • 10:00pm-12:30am STARGAZING @ The Bryce Canyon Visitor Center's trailer drop-off/overflow parking lot:

    HUGE TELESCOPES
    provided by the Salt Lake Astronomical Society & Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers.

    CONSTELLATION TOURS by Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers
 
Kids watching model rocket launch

Children watching each other's model rockets launch

NPS photo by Kevin Doxstater

DAY 3: FRIDAY, JUNE 19

  • 10:00am-3:00pm (open house)
    SOLAR ASTRONOMY @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center

  • 10:00am-2:00pm (assembly) and 11:00am-3:00pm (launching) MODEL ROCKET BUILDING & LAUNCHING workshop @ Bryce Canyon City Fire Station/Emergency Service Bldg. (kits with motor from $10-$30 - purchase rocket kit voucher at Visitor Center bookstore) Spectating is FREE and encouraged!

  • 1:00-4:00pm Afternoon Stargazing in PORTABLE PLANETARIUM - Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium
  • 4:00-5:30pm PLANET WALK @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center

  • 6:00-7:00pm PLANISPHERE PRACTICE @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Theater

  • 9:00-10:15pm KEYNOTE: (Will be announced soon)
    "TBD"
    (see above)
    @ Ruby's Inn's Ebenezer's Barn & Grill
    1000 tickets available at the door or
    ADVANCED SALES Wed-Fri 2-6pm Ruby's Best Western Lobby.
    $3.00 per person
    $10.00 per immediate family
    (Children 5 and under Free)

  • 10:00pm-12:30am STARGAZING @ The Bryce Canyon Visitor Center's trailer drop-off/overflow parking lot:

    HUGE TELESCOPES
    provided by the Salt Lake Astronomical Society & Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers.

    CONSTELLATION TOURS by Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers
 
Dark Ranger points a green laser into sky filled with Milky Way as visitor looks through telescope

Astronomy Angie Richman brings  ancient stories to life during a 20-min constellation tour.

John Sefick

DAY 4: SATURDAY, JUNE 20

  • 10:00am-3:00pm (open house)
    SOLAR ASTRONOMY @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center

  • 10:00am-2:00pm (assembly) and 11:00am-3:00pm (launching) MODEL ROCKET BUILDING & LAUNCHING workshop @ Bryce Canyon City Fire Station/Emergency Service Bldg. (kits with motor from $10-$30 - purchase rocket kit voucher at Visitor Center bookstore) Spectating is FREE and encouraged!
  • 1:00-400pm Afternoon Stargazing in PORTABLE PLANETARIUM - Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium

  • 4:00-5:30pm PLANET WALK @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center

  • 3 CONCURRENT PRESENTATIONS - FREE tickets must be obtained in person @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center beginning at 10:00 p.m. Friday night.

- 8:15-9:15pm @ Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Theater: TBA

- 8:45-9:45pm @ Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium: TBA

- 9:15-10:15pm @ North Campground Amphitheater: TBA

  • 10:00pm-12:30am STARGAZING @ The Bryce Canyon Visitor Center's trailer drop-off/overflow parking lot:

    HUGE TELESCOPES
    provided by the Salt Lake Astronomical Society and Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers

    CONSTELLATION TOURS by Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers
 
Click here to download the event Poster for the 2015 Astronomy Festival. (PDF 7.3 megabytes - requires free Adobe Reader)

Click here to download the complete brochure schedule of events for the 2015 Astronomy Festival. (PDF 6.65 megabytes - requires free Adobe Reader)

 

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