Join us for an evening of dark sky education and celebration! View one of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States by attending a ranger-led astronomy program at Big Cypress National Preserve this winter.
Presentations will include constellation tours and telescope viewing (weather permitting) of astronomical objects including stars, star clusters, planets, nebulae, and galaxies. Here's a peek at images from past night sky programs.
These events are free and open to the public.
2020-2021 Schedule*PLEASE NOTE*: Due to covid safety concerns, the programs will be virtual presentations.
The National Park Service, along with the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association, the International Dark Sky Association-South Florida Chapter, the Everglades Astronomical Society, the Southern Cross Astronomical Society, and the Southwest Florida Astronomical Society will be conducting night sky outings on the following dates through the winter:
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Cypress Wars: Episode III – A Bright Future
"Situated between Miami and Naples, Big Cypress National Preserve is in danger from the effects of ambient light emitting from nearby cities. What will it take to make sure the night sky in the preserve is protected for future generations? How can humans answer the call to ensure that we don't drown out our dark night skies? What impacts does this light have on the species that call this place home? Join our night sky rangers as they dive deeper into these questions in the last episode of Cypress Wars.”
Following the Cypress Wars program, the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Assocation is hosting a virtual telescope viewing event from the Fox Observatory. Please visit their Facebook page to find all the details.
Last updated: February 18, 2021