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Join the 2nd Annual Southwest Astronomy Festival!

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Child with cardboard spaceship and stars.

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News Release Date: August 7, 2018

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Southwestern UT – Utah has more International Dark Sky parks than any other region in the world, and now is the time to celebrate! Mark your calendars for September 7-9, 2018 to join a regional celebration of astronomy and our glittering dark skies.

The Southwest Astronomy Festival is a combination of astronomy events all across Southwest Utah and Northern Arizona. Some of the highlights in 2018 include:

  • Star Parties

  • Sun Parties

  • Night Hikes

  • Constellation Tours

  • Family Art Projects

  • Night Sky Photography workshops hosted by award-winning photographers. 

  • Astronomy art and night sky exhibit.

  • Genuine meteorites on display.

  • A series of space policy debates hosted by Southern Utah University.

  • An enormous 26-inch telescope provided by the University of Utah through which attendees will see star-forming nebulae, ancient star clusters, and distant galaxies.

Activities for all ages will be available. For a detailed schedule,Download the Southwest Astronomy Festival Schedule & Brochure.  You can also check out each event's details on our Facebook event page. These events are free and all are welcome, but some workshops have a seating limit and registration may be required.

Cedar Breaks National Monument and Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument are sponsoring this event, with the support of the Southern Utah Space Foundation, the St. George Astronomy Group, and many other participating organizations.


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Cedar Breaks National Monument: Administrative Office
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