Annual Astronomy Festival

 
Astronomy Festival Poster 2019
Astro Fest Poster 2019
The Annual Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival for June 2020 is cancelled.

2019 Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival
The 19th Annual Astronomy Festival will be held June 26 - 29, 2019 with Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers and local Astronomical Societies. Attendees will enjoy a variety of astronomy-themed activities and programs offered both day and night. Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Amber Straughn, Associate Director of Astrophysics Science at NASA.

Having trouble finding a place to stay? Consider our Bryce Canyon Campgrounds or check the local accommodations guide at Garfield County Travel Council website.
 
Bryce Canyon Astronomy Logo
Bryce Canyon Astronomy Night-Sky Sanctuary Logo

Illustrated by Kevin Poe and Joel Allen

Day 1: Wednesday, June 26 2019

Hoodoo Geology Talks
11:00 am & 2:00 pm
Sunset Point

Model Rocket Building & Assembly
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bryce Canyon City Fire Station

Model Rocket Launching
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bryce Canyon City Fire Station

Guided Rim Walk
1:00 pm
Sunset Point

Starlab Junior Ranger Programs
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm (every half hour)
Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium

Solar Scope Viewings
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm (weather permitting)
Visitor Center Plaza

Universe on a String (Explore the scale of the Universe)
3:00 pm & 5:00 pm
Visitor Center Outdoor Plaza

Evening Programs
8:15 pm @ Visitor Center: Star Stories by Dr. Amy Sayle
8:30 pm @ Bryce Lodge: The Life and Death of Stars by Ranger Jesse Gates
9:15 pm @ North Campground Amphitheater: Tales from the Moon by Ranger April Case
Three concurrent 1-hour Evening Presentations. Free tickets must be obtained in person at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center the day of the program, beginning at 8:00 am.

Stargazing at the telescope field. See brochure (available at park) for shuttle information.
10:30 pm to 12:30 am
Bryce Canyon City Telescope Field
 
Milky Way over hoodoos
Milky Way over hoodoos

Photo by Ron Bissinger

Day 2: Thursday, June 27 2019

Hoodoo Geology Talks
11:00 am & 2:00 pm
Sunset Point

Model Rocket Building & Assembly
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bryce Canyon City Fire Station

Model Rocket Launching
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bryce Canyon City Fire Station

Guided Rim Walk
1:00 pm
Sunset Point

Starlab Junior Ranger Programs
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm (every half hour)
Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium

Solar Scope Viewings
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm (weather permitting)
Visitor Center Plaza

Universe on a String (Explore the scale of the Universe)
3:00 pm & 5:00 pm
Visitor Center Outdoor Plaza

Keynote Evening Program: Dr. Amber Straughn, Astrophysicist at NASA
9:30 pm, $3/per person or $10/family (tickets only available same-day at Ruby's Inn Front Activity Desk and at venue)
Ebenezer's Barn and Grill

Stargazing at the telescope field. See brochure (available at park) for shuttle information.
10:30 pm to 12:30 am
Bryce Canyon City Telescope Field
 
Volunteer looks through solar telescope
NPS volunteer conducting solar viewing program during Astrofest 2015.

Photo by Brian B. Roanhorse NPS 17 June, 2015

Day 3: Friday, June 28 2019

Hoodoo Geology Talks
11:00 am & 2:00 pm
Sunset Point

Model Rocket Building & Assembly
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bryce Canyon City Fire Station

Model Rocket Launching
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bryce Canyon City Fire Station

Guided Rim Walk
1:00 pm
Sunset Point

Starlab Junior Ranger Programs
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm (every half hour)
Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium

Solar Scope Viewings
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm (weather permitting)
Visitor Center Plaza

Universe on a String (Explore the scale of the Universe)
3:00 pm & 5:00 pm
Visitor Center Outdoor Plaza

Evening Programs
8:15 pm @ Visitor Center: Star Stories by Dr. Amy Sayle
8:30 pm @ Bryce Lodge: A Message to the Universe by Ranger Riley McGlasson
9:15 pm @ North Campground Amphitheater: Star Stories by Ranger Emily Vanlonden
Three concurrent 1-hour Evening Presentations. Free tickets must be obtained in person at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center the day of the program, beginning at 8:00 am.

Stargazing at the telescope field. See brochure (available at park) for shuttle information.
10:30 pm to 12:30 am
Bryce Canyon City Telescope Field
 
Constellation Tours
Astronomy Ranger Angie Richman brings ancient stories to life during a 20-minute constellation tour.

Photo by John Sefick NPS

Day 4: Saturday, June 29 2019

Hoodoo Geology Talks
11:00 am & 2:00 pm
Sunset Point

Model Rocket Building & Assembly
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bryce Canyon City Fire Station

Model Rocket Launching
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bryce Canyon City Fire Station

Guided Rim Walk
1:00 pm
Sunset Point

Starlab Junior Ranger Programs
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm (every half hour)
Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium

Solar Scope Viewings
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm (weather permitting)
Visitor Center Plaza

Universe on a String (Explore the scale of the Universe)
3:00 pm & 5:00 pm
Visitor Center Outdoor Plaza

Evening Programs
8:15 pm @ Visitor Center: Constellation Contents by Ranger Emily Walla
8:30 pm @ Bryce Lodge: 50 Years in a Canyon Alight with Stars by University of Hawaii Professor Emeritus Fred Collison
9:15 pm @ North Campground Amphitheater: Star Knowledge is Earth Knowledge by Ranger Pam Stewart
Three concurrent 1-hour Evening Presentations. Free tickets must be obtained in person at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center the day of the program, beginning at 8:00 am.

Stargazing at the telescope field. See brochure (available at park) for shuttle information.
10:30 pm to 12:30 am
Bryce Canyon City Telescope Field

Last updated: May 13, 2020

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