Great Basin Astronomy Festival
Great Basin National Park
Join park rangers and experience out of this world family fun, excitement, and learn about day and nighttime astronomy. Here at Great Basin National Park we have some of the best air quality in the nation which translates to clear daytime skies, and incredibly dark night skies.
Don't have your own telescope? There will be many telescopes of different makes, shapes, and sizes for you and your family to look at the sun, stars, planets and other deep sky objects including nebulae and galaxies.
Why come to the Astronomy Festival?
Plus many, many more fun activities!
Derek Demeter - Festival Keynote Speaker
Great Basin National Park is excited to have Derek Demeter as this year's keynote speaker.
Ever since Derek could remember, he has been looking to the stars. Derek began working at the Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College of Florida in 2003 while a Physics and Technical Education student. By 2007, Mr. Demeter was offered the position of planetarium director, and immediately began the process of writing and producing new shows, including a complete series of presentations that explore the astronomy and history of numerous cultures from around the world. Over much of the last decade, his passion for teaching people about the wonders of the universe has earned him accolades and recognition from the planetarium industry, his peers, and the community. Derek currently serves as the President-Elect of the Southeastern Planetarium Association. Derek enjoys promoting science beyond the planetarium with his work as an astrophotographer which earned him pictures seen in NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day website, which is viewed by millions of people around the world. Derek also enjoys giving talks to venues such as astronomy festivals, local libraries, serving as President of the Central Florida Astronomical Society, and simply setting up a telescope at local venues to give the public a truly "out-of-this world" experience.
Schedule of Events
Friday September 11
Saturday September 12
...more events to be added soon. Check back often!
All Events Take Place at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center Unless Otherwise Noted
What is...? Events at the Festival
Evening Astronomy Fun
Telescope Observing each night
Solar Telescope Observing
Park Ranger Talent Show
Night Sky Photography Workshop
Great Basin National Park Astronomy Festival Directions
in Baker, Nevada
Detailed volunteer information can be found on our Festival Volunteer Page.
Astronomer's camp: we have limited space where volunteers can camp on the astronomer observing field with your equipment. As an official astronomer volunteer we will waive any camping fees during the festival in our campgrounds but cannot reserve space.
More in-depth information or have a question? Please email us.