Celebrate the Dark Night Sky at Heritage Starfest on October 19 through 21, 2017

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Date: October 2, 2017
Contact: Visitor Center, 435-425-3791

Capitol Reef National Park and the Entrada Institute are partnering to present the 8th annual Heritage Starfest. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about dark skies. Events include a special guest speaker and solar viewing and star gazing with multiple telescopes.  The dark skies of Wayne County and Capitol Reef are among the darkest in the nation allowing visitors from around the world to enjoy pristine skies full of stars, constellations, and the Milky Way. This event celebrates dark sky resources. Bring a red headlamp or flashlight and dress warm for all evening events.

 

Thursday, October 19 – Capitol Reef National Park, UT

  • 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Evening program with Greg Owens, night sky photographer at the campground amphitheater.
  • 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Night sky photography workshop and stargazing. Bring your camera and tripod.

Friday, October 20 - Capitol Reef National Park, UT

  • 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Solar viewing at the Capitol Reef National Park visitor center.
  • 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Evening program with Cameron Pace, Assistant Professor of Physics at Southern Utah University, at the campground amphitheater.
  • 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Star gazing at the campground amphitheater parking lot with local and regional astronomers.

Saturday, October 21 – throughout Wayne County, UT

  • 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Portable Planetarium visit for the public. Wayne Middle School, Bicknell, Utah.
  • 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Solar viewing at the Capitol Reef National Park visitor center.
  • 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Evening program with Cameron Pace, Assistant Professor of Physics at Southern Utah University. Robbers Roost Bookstore, Torrey, UT.
  • 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Star gazing behind the bookstore. Robbers Roost Bookstore, Torrey, UT.
  • 10:30 pm until late. Citizen Science night sky monitoring project. Teasdale, UT. Check http://facebook.com/heritagestarfest/ for specific time and location. Date may change due to weather.

All events are free and open to the public. Learn about the Entrada Institute and the Heritage Starfest at www.entradainstitute.org. Visit www.ida.org to learn about the International Dark Sky Association. Information about Capitol Reef National Park can be found at www.nps.gov/care



Last updated: October 2, 2017

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