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  • Bryce Point to Peekaboo Connector Trail Closure

    Due to a large rockslide, the connecting trail from Bryce Point to Peekaboo Loop is closed. Trail will be reopened once repairs are made. The Peekaboo Loop is open, but must be accessed from Sunset or Sunrise Point.

  • Backcountry Campsite Closures

    Due to bear activity at select campsites in Bryce Canyon's backcountry, multiple backcountry campsites have been closed until further notice: Sheep Creek, Swamp Canyon, Natural Bridge, Iron Spring, Corral Hollow, Riggs Spring and Yovimpa Pass.

Annual Astronomy Festival

Cherney Aurora (web)

Southern Aurora and Milky Way with our two companion galaxies known as the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. Can you see the giant Emu bird in the dark star clouds of the Milky Way?

Alex Cherney

STAR STORIES FROM DOWN UNDER

Join us for our 14th Annual Astronomy Festival (June 25 - 28, 2014) where Bryce Canyon's Dark Rangers and the Salt Lake Astronomical Society welcome Australia's award-winning photographer and amateur astronomer Alex Cherney. Don't miss this keynote presentation on Friday, June 27 at 9:00 pm -- Alex's debut appearance in the United States. See his stunning photography from the wilds of Australia and New Zealand -- two of the few places on Earth with even darker night skies than Bryce Canyon. In the Australian Outback the Milky Way is so bright that many of the native people's constellations were not made in connect-the-dots fashion from star-patterns, but from the 3-dimensional dark clouds (stellar cocoons) within the Milky Way.

If you've ever dreamed of going on an Australian night-sky "walk-about," here's your chance to follow in the footsteps of an expert. Listen to Alex tell of these 20,000-year-old sky stories, and his own adventures in the wilds of Australia, beneath the backdrop of his stunning night sky videography set to moving music. In the meantime, enjoy some samples of his talent here http://vimeo.com/terrastro.

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 25

  • 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: "Star Stories" University of North Carolina's Morehead Planetarium Educator Dr. Amy Sayle

    - 8:45-9:45pm @ Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium: "Violence from the Void" Bryce Canyon Dark Ranger William Goins

    - 9:15-10:15pm @ North Campground Amphitheater: "Astronomy thru the Ages" Bryce Canyon Dark Ranger Kevin Doxstater

  • 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 Dark Rangers.

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

Dark Ranger Randy Dunning assists child in preparing model rocket for launch.

NPS photo by Kevin Doxstater

DAY 2: THURSDAY, JUNE 26

  • 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: "The First Star People" Bryce Dark Ranger Sean Duffy

- 8:45-9:45pm @ Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium: "Black Holes: Hunting the Invisible" University of Utah Astronomer Anil Seth, Ph.D.

- 9:15-10:15pm @ North Campground Amphitheater: "Strange Universe" Bryce Canyon Dark Ranger Geoff Goins.

  • 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 Dark Rangers.

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

Children watching each other's model rockets launch

NPS photo by Kevin Doxstater

DAY 3: FRIDAY, JUNE 27

  • 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: Alex Cherney
    "Star Stories from Down Under"
    (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 Dark

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

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

John Sefick

DAY 4: SATURDAY, JUNE 28

  • 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: "Scared of the Dark?" by Bryce Canyon's Head Dark Ranger Kevin Poe

- 8:45-9:45pm @ Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium: "Journey to the Virgo Cluster" by Bryce Canyon Dark Ranger Don Williams

- 9:15-10:15pm @ North Campground Amphitheater: "The Lives of Stars" by Colorado Academy Instructor Joel Allen

  • 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 Dark Rangers

    CONSTELLATION TOURS by Bryce Canyon's Dark Rangers
 

Click Here to download the complete schedule of events for the 2014 Astronomy Festival. (PDF 3.3 megabytes - requires free Adobe Reader)

 

Did You Know?

small herd of Pronghorn Antelope

Pronghorn, once roaming the plains of North America in numbers second only to Bison, can be found at Bryce Canyon National Park. They are the fastest land mammal on the continent and only the second fastest mammalian runner in the whole world, reaching speeds of up to 60 mph! More...