Southwest Astronomy Festival: Other Activities

Kids with park employee dissecting owl pellets.
Kids and park employee dissecting owl pellets.

Workshops, Planetarium & Other Activities

Besides Star Parties, Night Hikes, Sun Parties, Southwest Astronomy Festival participants offered many additional family-friendly educational activities.

For example,Cedar City’s North Elementary hosted a "Astronomy Extravaganza" which included seven different activities for children and their families! Games, planet walks, drawing, and activities with Cedar Breaks National Monument rangers were all a part of this science-filled night. Even the SUU Planetarium was there! Afterwards there was a night walk and a public star party.

In St. George, the Children’s Museum hosted a sun party and hands-on children’s activities. These provided learning about the night sky and astronomy and were designed with a wide variety of ages in mind.
Milkyway stars over black trees and red lit people.
Astro-photography workshop with Mike Saemisch.

Copyright photo by Mike Saemisch


The Southwest Astronomy Festival also hosts a number of astronomy related workshops and presentations covering subjects such as; Astrophography, the Effects of Space Travel on the Body, Space Law and Policies, Asteroids, How to Start a Little Free Library, the History of Astronomy, How to Preserve the Night Sky and much, much more! The speakers are professionals from regional universities, national parks and astronomy clubs.

Some workshop will have a seating limit, this will be noted on the final schedule of events with details on how to reserve your spot. Don't miss out on these special events!
Black dome with sign saying "suu planetarium, next show @ 2 PM.
SUU indoor planetarium.

Indoor Planetarium

Nothing can compare to a pristine dark sky. The stars overhead, a planet or two shining conspicuously bright, and the Milky Way touching the land from horizon to horizon.

Unfortunately, light pollution can make it almost impossible to see this grand spectacle from within a city, not everyone can drive far enough away from the lights to see a truly dark sky, and sometimes we want to talk about astronomy in the daytime.

Indoor Planetariums enhance people’s experience of the night sky by showing off the constellations, stars, planets, and how they all move together. It’s not just an educational tool – it’s a really fun educational tool.

Southern Utah University's Ashcroft Observatory sets up their planetarium at various pulic venues during the Southwest Astronomy Festival. With shows running every 15-20 minutes, this educational experience is a favorite experience for all ages!

Last updated: August 9, 2018

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