Astronomy in the National Parks
Half the Park is After Dark
Programs We Offer:
Evening Astronomy Program (1 hour)
Friday evening at 9:00 pm; during August and September, start time is 8:30 pm
Spend the evening with a Sky Ranger and learn about wonders of the night sky. Discover the stories of how the ancient cultures used the sky to navigate and mark important seasonal changes. Learn about the challenges we face today as urban light pollution threatens the dark sky and find out what you can do to help. After a 20 minute presentation, the Shasta Astronomy Club will share their powerful telescopes to assist visitors with their celestial gazing. Meet at the Oak Bottom Amphitheater for the first half of the program, star gazing will take place at the Oak Bottom Beach parking lot.
Saturday at 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm on 8/2 and 9/6 (weather permitting)
For up to date information call the Visitor Center (530) 246-1225 or visit www.shastaastronomyclub.com.
Experience the splendor of the dark night sky! Because of its unique position nestled within mountain ranges and miles from urban light pollution, Whiskeytown is a great place to explore the heavens. The night constellations often elude urban dwellers; but visitors are able to see deep into space aided by powerful telescopes provided by the passionate and knowledgeable Shasta Astronomy Club. National Park Service Sky Rangers provide engaging activities and share epic tales of heroes and demigods immortalized in the constellations. Take Paige Bar Road and meet at the Mount Shasta Mine Loop Trail parking lot. As a courtesy, please dim your headlights on arrive if it is safe to do so.
Learn more about the Night Skies in our National Parks and how and why the Park Service is protecting them for future generations.
Did You Know?
Whiskeytown has phantom orchids (Cephalanthera austiniae)? They are all white and devoid chlorophyll. This means that it cannot make energy for itself and must rely on symbiotic mycorrhizae for its nutrition.