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

TOUR OF THE UNIVERSE: YOU ARE HERE
Join us for our 17th Annual Astronomy Festival (June 21 - 24, 2017) with Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers and local Astronomical Societies. Keynote Speaker Dean Regas, Outreach Astronomer at the Cincinatti Observatory and Co-host of the PBS show "Star Gazers" will present "Tour of the Universe: You are Here" on Friday, June 23rd at 9:00 p.m. at Ebenezer's Barn and Grill in Bryce Canyon City.

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 21, 2017

  • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Rocket Building Assembly at Bryce Canyon City Fire Station
  • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Rocket Launching at Bryce Canyon City Fire Station
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Solar Viewing at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center
  • 1:30 pm
    Planet Walk at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Patio
  • 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 the day of the program, beginning at 8:00 am.

    - 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: Humans on Mars? by Paul Ricketts

    - 9:15 pm - 10:15 pm at North Campground Amphitheater: What on "Earth" is Planetary Science? by Ranger Gigi Giles
  • 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 22, 2017

  • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Rocket Building Assembly at Bryce Canyon City Fire Station
  • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Rocket Launching at Bryce Canyon City Fire Station
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Solar Viewing at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center
  • 1:30 pm
    Planet Walk at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Patio
  • 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 the day of the program, beginning at 8:00 am.

    - 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Theater: Star Patterns: Guides to Understanding by Ranger Todd Cullings

    - 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm at Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium: The Dark Side of Light Pollution by Paul Ricketts

    - 9:15 pm - 10:15 pm at North Campground Amphitheater: Water, Water Everywhere? by Ranger Zach Schierl
  • 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 23, 2017
  • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Rocket Building Assembly at Bryce Canyon City Fire Station
  • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Rocket Launching at Bryce Canyon City Fire Station
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Solar Viewing at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center
  • 1:30 pm
    Planet Walk at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Patio
  • 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: Dean Regas, Cincinatti Observatory Outreach Astronomer & Co-Host of PBS' "Star Gazers"
    Evening Program "Tour the Universe: You are Here" will be at Ebenezer's Barn & Grill (see map)
    1500 tickets available at the door or day of program at Ruby's Best Western Inn front desk.
    - $3.00 per person
    - $10.00 per immediate family
  • 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 24, 2017

  • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Rocket Building Assembly at Bryce Canyon City Fire Station
  • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Rocket Launching at Bryce Canyon City Fire Station
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Solar Viewing at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center
  • 1:30 pm
    Planet Walk at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center Patio
  • 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 the day of the program, beginning at 8:00 am.

    - 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: Humans on Mars? by Paul Ricketts

    - 9:15 pm - 10:15 pm at North Campground Amphitheater: What on "Earth" is Planetary Science? by Ranger Gigi Giles
  • 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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Click Here to download the brochure schedule of events for the 2017 Astronomy Festival. (PDF 10.7 MB)

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M51 Whirlpool Galaxy
M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

NASA photo

Last updated: June 19, 2017

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