Great Basin Astronomy Festival
The Great Basin National Park Astronomy Festival will take place September 5-7, 2013. 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?
Schedule of Events
Friday September 6, 2013
Saturday September 7, 2013
Astronomy Festival Keynote Speaker
The 57-year-old Long Beach resident left accounting three years ago and now focuses full time on his passion - sayonara book ledgers and hello rocky ledges, the kind on which he can mount his camera tripod and await the majesty of the heavens.
His current project is blazing around the West's bevy of beautiful national parks for some late-night sky collaborations with the stars. He's done the Great Basin, Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Arches and others. Next up are Yosemite and Yellowstone.
Wally's photgraphs can be viewed and ordered at his website AstroPics.
The City Dark
What is...? Events at the Festival
Telescope Observing each night at 8:00PM
Solar Telescope Observing
Ranger Talent Show
Astronomy 101 and Planisphere Presentations
Did You Know?
The Hydrographic Great Basin is a 200,000 square mile area that drains internally. All precipitation in this region evaporates, sinks underground, or flows into lakes. No water reaches the ocean.