Astronomy & Night Sky Programs
The night sky at Bryce is so dark we can see 7500 stars on a moonless night! Here the Milky Way extends from horizon to horizon like a vast silver rainbow! Here Venus, and even Jupiter, are bright enough to cause you to cast a shadow!
No visit to Bryce Canyon is complete without joining the Astronomy Rangers for one of their educational and entertaining celebrations of natural darkness. Review our schedule below and plan your trip to the Colorado Plateau and Desert Southwest so that you can join us for astronomy.
Looking for total night-sky immersion? Join us for our Annual Astronomy Festival!
To learn more about our night sky, visit the links below.
ASTRONOMY PROGRAM SCHEDULE
All astronomy programs are followed by stargazing (weather permitting). Multimedia Programs are NEVER canceled due to bad weather. Only the stargazing half of the evening may be subject to weather related cancellations.
THERE ARE NO ADVANCED RESERVATIONS
Check at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center upon your arrival to decide which astronomy related topic being offered is of most interest to you and where to go for its starting location.
Special Guest Astronomers
Club members occasionally join us for our weekly astronomy programs and come in force for our annual Astronomy Festival. SLAS members graciously share with our visiting public their personally owned big telescopes and their love of the night sky. Click here to learn more about SLAS.
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BRYCE CANYON ASTRONOMY FESTIVAL
- Famous astronomy/night sky guest speakers
FULL MOON HIKES
When:Full Moon nights
Where:Announced only to ticket holders
Duration:1-2 miles, 2-3 hours
Join one of Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers for a nocturnal adventure. These highly popular hikes are only offered during the full moon. Flashlights are prohibited and "lug traction" footwear is required.
A limited number of tickets are available for each hike - please visit the Full Moon Hike page for details.
When: 3 times per week, seasonally
Duration: Come & go as you please.
Remember how Mom always said you shouldn't look at the sun and never through binoculars or a telescope? Well it's okay to do it with our special solar telescopes! Look for our staffed solar viewing station in front of the visitor center where you can get a safe look at our Sun -- the bringer of life and the giver of death!
Last updated: July 5, 2018