One of the last true dark skies in America...
As of spring 2016, Great Basin has been designated an International Dark Sky Park! The International Dark Sky Association has recognized that Great Basin has distinguished and unique opportunities to experience dark nights. We protect our pristine nighttime environment for scientific, recreational, and cultural values.
On a clear, moonless night in Great Basin National Park, thousands of stars, five of our solar system's eight planets, star clusters, meteors, man-made satellites, the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Milky Way can be seen with the naked eye. The area boasts some of the darkest night skies left in the United States. Low humidity and minimal light pollution, combined with high elevation, create a unique window to the universe.
Can you make a difference with light pollution? Yes, look at the International Dark Sky Association website.
2016 Astronomy Program Schedule
All astronomy programs will start with a ranger talk at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center followed by ranger led telescope viewing. No telescope is required as we will have them available.
Astronomy program rules:
Weekly astronomy programs change days throughout the year:
Memorial Day to Labor Day - Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday nights
See our calendar for program start times. The programs are held at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. No sign up or reservation is needed.
Summer Holiday Weekends
Solar Telescope Viewing
Want to go stargazing on your own in Great Basin? Here are some helpful tips on where/when to go, what to bring, and what you might see.
Telescopes available at all astronomy programs has been generously funded by the Great Basin National Park Foundation.