• Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

    Sunset Crater Volcano

    National Monument Arizona

Summer Night Sky Events

We've finished all of our star events for the summer of 2014. Be sure to come back next spring for our 2015 events. Meanwhile, check out these photos from our August 16th star party.

 

 


 
Solar Viewing at Sunset Crater Volcano

Astronomy volunteers prepare for solar viewing at Sunset Crater Volcano

JD Maddy

Sunset Crater Volcano, Where Dark Skies Come Out to Play

If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Join us this summer for our 4th year of celebrating incredible dark skies and inspiring starscapes at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. Whether you are an experienced stargazer, an amateur, or you have never looked through a telescope, our incredible volunteer astronomers and park rangers will be on hand to help you get the most out of the night skies.

Can you imagine a world without stars. Perhaps you don't have to imagine; dark night skies are a vanishing resource in many parts of the country. You can learn more about protecting our night skies here.

Summer 2014 Event Dates


  • Saturday, June 21st
    Solar Viewing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
    Astronomy Presentation from 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm.
    Telescope Viewing and Constellation Tours from 8:45 pm - 10:30 pm.
  • Saturday, July 19th
    Solar Viewing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
    Astronomy Presentation from 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm.
    Telescope Viewing and Constellation Tours from 8:45 pm - 10:30 pm.
  • Saturday, August 16th
    Solar Viewing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
    Astronomy Presentation from 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
    Telescope Viewing and Constellation Tours from 8:15 pm - 10:00 pm.

Event Location
Sunset Crater Volcano is located 12 miles north of Flagstaff on Highway 89. All events will take place at the Lava Flow Trail parking lot, located 1.5 miles east of the Sunset Crater Volcano Visitor Center on the park Loop Drive (FS 545).

 
Astronomers of the Verde Valley

Our special thanks to the Astronomers of the Verde Valley and to our Astro VIPs for helping to make these events possible every year.

Did You Know?

Flagstaff, Arizona is the world's first designated International Dark Sky City. This helps to ensure dark night skies at 3 national monuments located nearby - Sunset Crater Volcano, Wupatki, and Walnut Canyon.