The Astronomy Festival will be on September 17th - 19th, 2020The 2020 Great Basin Astronomy Festival will be different than in years past. In an effort to keep everyone safe many guest speakers and programs will be virtual. Other programs at the park will be by reservation only and follow state directives and social distancing best practices.
Stargazing at Great Basin
Stargaze on your own during the Festival. Check out this helpful page on stargazing in the park.
YouTube Channel for Virtual Programs
Join us on our YouTube channel for virtual astronomy festival content premiering 9/17 through 9/19.
Thank You to Our Partners
The Great Basin National Park Foundation helps fund educational programs and out-reach events like the Annual Astronomy Festival
Virtual Programs and Guest Speakers.
Each day of the festival virtual programs and guest speaker programs will be released on our YouTube channel.
On the last night of the festival we will premiere a "Ask the Experts: Space Telescopes" program where we will ask questions that were gathered from our social media and from the local community, to experts from the Space Telescope Science Institute.
Dr. John Barentine will be speaking on the importance of dark skies to us all and why Great Basin National Park is such a special place to look to the heavens.
Alex Lockwood and Brandon Lawton from the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland will be speaking about the two new space telescopes soon to be launched, the James Webb Space Telescope and the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope.
All In-Park Programs for the Great Basin Astronomy Festival require advance registration, space is limited. Inquire at Great Basin Visitor Center for day of cancellations.
All In-Park Programs are weather dependent.
Join a ranger and a photography volunteer to learn the basics of night photography. This workshop is intended for beginner photographers looking to start exploring how to take nighttime pictures. Learn the advantages of various camera formats, exposure times, composition, and much more to enhance your ability to take beautiful night sky images.
Art in the Dark
Join a Ranger and our Artist in Residence in an art project that experiments with how our eyes see color. This accessible and kid friendly program will challenge artist to create and draw in low light conditions, under the guidance of the Artist in Residence.
All needed art supplies will be provided.
Join a ranger and volunteer on a 2 mile round trip night hike at 10,000 feet. During this hike visitors will enjoy the nighttime environment of Great Basin National Park, in the middle of the hike rangers will lead a constellation talk pointing out some of the amazing sights in Great Basin's dark sky. This program requires the ability to hike on uneven surfaces at night for about 2 miles. The hike will gain about 200 feet during the program. Please assess your hiking fitness before signing up for this program. Hikes are limited to one hike per person.
Join a ranger and volunteers for a night under the stars. This accessible program will guide visitors through the constellations, stars, and possibly galaxies visible to the unaided eye in the Great Basin night-skies. Learn how to stargaze on your own back home.
Great Basin Observatory Tour
Join a ranger to see the Great Basin Observatory the only research grade observatory on a National Park. Home to a 27 inch telescope, this observatory is used for research and education purposes. This program requires a 1 mile round trip hike on a gravel trail and paved road and standing for an hour.
Telescope ViewingDue to health and safety concerns, this year there will be no telescope viewing hosted by the park. We hope to host amateur astronomer volunteers and their telescopes next year at the 2021 Festival, like in years past.
Last updated: September 10, 2020