Annual Astronomy Festival

Astronomy Festival Poster 2019
Astro Fest Poster 2019
2020 Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival currently scheduled for 17 - 20 June.

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.

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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: July 6, 2019

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