Night Sky Programs

Photo of the Moon
Earth's Moon.

NASA

Star Walks, Moon Hikes and Meteor Shower Viewings


Star Walks: May 22, 23, 24; June 19, 21; July 17, 19; August 14, 16; September 11, 13; October 9 and 11

Moon Hikes: June 5, 6, 7; July 3, 4, 5, 31; August 1, 2, 28, 29, 30; October 2, 3, 4, 30, and 31

Perseids Meteor Shower Viewing: August 9

The minimum age for participants on the Star Walk and Perseids meteor shower viewing is six years old. The minimum age for participants on the Moon Hike is eight years old.

Be prepared to hike 1/2 mile (0.8 km) for Star Walks and the meteor shower viewing, and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) for Moon Hikes on a rugged desert trail with an elevation change of 200 feet (61 m). Although these programs are free, attendance will be limited to first-come, first-served with a maximum of 25 participants for each program. Please register for the programs at the information desk in the visitor center on the day of the program. Registration may be available at the evening's Bat Flight Program. Ask a ranger for more details.

All hikes will begin after the Bat Flight Program. Meet the rangers at the park sign next to the visitor center at the designated time of the night's program.

Dress comfortably with comfortable shoes. No open-toed shoes and we recommend long pants on the Star Walks and meteor shower viewing. Long pants are required on the Moon Hikes. Bring water and a snack. For the Star Walk and meteor shower viewing, bring a blanket or towel to lie on.

Please bring a red light flashlight or red light headlamps. Rangers will provide red light headlamps if you do not have any.

The programs may be canceled due to inclement weather.

 
Park ranger adjusts telescope against a starry sky background
A park ranger adjusts a telescope.

NPS

Telescope Programs


Star Parties: June 20, July 18, August 15, September 12, October 10

International Observe the Moon Night: September 26


Come explore the night sky through the eye of a powerful telescope. Park rangers will point out some of the harder-to-find objects in outer space and some of the moon's most interesting features.

Both programs are suitable for all ages, children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times. These programs are free and do not require registration.

Programs begin after the Bat Flight Program and take place near the Bat Flight Amphitheater. Please walk, do not drive, to this location on the marked path from the Bat Flight Amphitheater to avoid headlights interfering with night viewing.

Please only use red lights if you choose to bring a flashlight or headlamp.

Programs may be canceled due to inclement weather.

Please check with a park ranger for more details.

 

Spot the Station from Carlsbad Caverns!

Look for the International Space Station from either of our parking lots!

Last updated: January 26, 2020

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3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Phone:

(575) 785-2232

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