2015 Grand Canyon Star Party
Tyler Nordgren, University of Redlands.
Star Party June 13-20, 2015
Amateur astronomers from across the country volunteer their expertise and offer free nightly astronomy programs and telescope viewing.
Visitors view the planet Saturn along with a wide assortment of star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae by night, and the sun or Venus or Mercury by day or just after sundown.
Grand Canyon is one of the best night sky observing sites in the United States because of its dark skies and clean air.
Participants experience spectacular views of the universe! Dress warmly, temperatures drop quickly after sunset—even during summer months.
Events include a slide show nightly at 8 pm, followed by telescope viewing behind the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. Constellation Tours offered at 9, 9:30, and 10 pm.
The slide show, constellation tours, and at least one telescope are wheelchair accessible. Closest parking available in parking lot 4; parking lots 1 through 3 offer additional parking but further away. The Village Route (blue) shuttle bus runs every half-hour until 10:30 pm. To make sure you get a seat at the slide show, arrive a few minutes early.
On the North Rim
Find telescopes on the lodge porch every evening, daytime scopes may be available. Visitor Center Bulletin boards list additional events such as star talks and slide show programs in the Grand Canyon Lodge auditorium.
Bring a flashlight
Make your way safely; use a red flashlight since white lights are discouraged on the telescope lot. Make a red flashlight by covering any flashlight with red cellophane or painting the lens with red nail polish or a red magic marker. For more on why red flashlights are helpful, click here. Although many telescopes come down after 11 pm, on nights with clear, calm skies some astronomers continue sharing their telescopes into the night.
The event is free (other than paying the park entrance fee of $25.00 per vehicle, good for 7 days of coming and going to either rim.) No reservations needed except for astronomers wishing to share their telescopes, who register through the astronomy clubs sponsoring the event. Come for a night, or for the whole event. Explore the Grand Canyon by day, and the universe by night!
Park Ranger Marker Marshall
National parks protect some of the last remaining dark skies in this country.
The National Park Service embraces night skies as one of the many scenic vistas to preserve.
Learn more: http://www.nature.nps.gov/night/
Grand Canyon Star Party Dates Through 2020
June 13-20, 2015