Annual Astronomy Festival

Mossy Cave and the Milky Way Galaxy
Milky Way Galaxy surrounded by hoodoos and ponderosa pine at the Mossy Cave Trail.

Photo by Derek Demeter "Galactic Frontier" BRCA AstroFest 2015

 
Fifty plus telescopes
Fifty plus telescopes available during the annual AstroFest. Salt Lake Astronomical Society preparing their telescopes for an evening of stargazing.

Photo by Kevin Doxstater NPS

STARS, PLANETS & THE MILKY WAY
Join us for our 17th Annual Astronomy Festival (June 21 - 24, 2017) with Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers and local Astronomical Societies. Keynote Speaker pending announcement.

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 1, 2016

  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Solar Viewing at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Telescope Basics Program at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center
  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Star Lab at Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium
  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm
    Planisphere Practice at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Theater

  • 8:15 pm - 10:15 pm
    Three concurrent 1-hour Evening Presentations. Free tickets must be obtained in person at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, or 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

    - 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Theater: Star Stories by Dr. Amy Sayle

    - 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm at Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium: Astronomy: 3,000 Years of Stargazing by Ranger Ben Benson

    - 9:15 pm - 10:15 pm at North Campground Amphitheater: Dark Sky: Treasures of Bryce Canyon by Ranger Kelly Ricks
  • 10:30 pm -12:30 am
    Stargazing at the telescope field. See brochure for shuttle information.
    - Huge Telescopes provided by the Salt Lake Astronomical Society and Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers
    - Constellation Tours by Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers
 
Milky Way over hoodoos
Milky Way over hoodoos

Photo by Ron Bissinger

Day 2: Thursday, June 2, 2016

  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Solar Viewing at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Telescope Basics Program at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center
  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Star Lab at Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium
  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm
    Planisphere Practice at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Theater

  • 8:15 pm - 10:15 pm
    Three concurrent 1-hour Evening Presentations. Free tickets must be obtained in person at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, or 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
    - 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Theater: As Above, So Below by Ranger Michael Ellis

    - 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm at Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium: Pale Blue Dot by Ranger Amy Bilbeisi

    - 9:15 pm - 10:15 pm at North Campground Amphitheater: Billions of Planets Out There! by Ranger Donald Williams
  • 10:30 pm -12:30 am
    Stargazing at the telescope field. See brochure for shuttle information.
    - Huge Telescopes provided by the Salt Lake Astronomical Society and Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers
    - Constellation Tours by Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers
 
Solar Astronomy 2015
NPS volunteer conducting solar astronomy program during Astrofest 2015.

Photo by Brian B. Roanhorse NPS 17 June, 2015

Day 3: Friday, June 3, 2016
  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Solar Viewing at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Telescope Basics Program at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center
  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Star Lab at Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium.
  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm
    Planisphere Practice at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Theater
  • 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    KEYNOTE: Seth Jarvis, Director of Clark Planetarium Salt Lake City, Utah
    Evening Program will be at Ebenezer's Barn & Grill (see map)
    1000 tickets available at the door or
    advanced sales Wed-Fri 2-6 pm at Best Western Ruby's Inn Lobby.
    - $3.00 per person
    - $10.00 per immediate family
    (Children 5 and under Free)
  • 10:30 pm -12:30 am
    Stargazing at the telescope field. See brochure for shuttle information.
    - Huge Telescopes provided by the Salt Lake Astronomical Society and Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers.
    - Constellation Tours by Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers
 
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 4, 2016

  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Solar Viewing at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Telescope Basics Program at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center
  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Star Lab at Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium
  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm
    Planisphere Practice at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Theater
  • 8:15 pm - 10:15 pm
    Three concurrent 1-hour Evening Presentations. Free tickets must be obtained in person at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, or 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
    - 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Theater: Star Stories by Dr. Amy Sayle

    - 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm at Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium: Pale Blue Dot by Ranger Amy Bilbeisi

    - 9:15 pm - 10:15 pm at North Campground Amphitheater: The Lives of Stars by Ranger Joel Allen
  • 10:30 pm -12:30 am
    Stargazing at the telescope field. See brochure for shuttle information.
    - Huge Telescopes provided by the Salt Lake Astronomical Society and Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers
    - Constellation Tours by Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers
 
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M51 Whirlpool Galaxy
M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

NASA photo

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