Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party 2021

A black and white photo of the stars swirling around the north star. A tall cylindrical stone building appears to the left amongst small trees.

NPS Photo by Daniel Pawlak

 

Schedule: Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party 2021

Grand Canyon National Park and the Grand Canyon Conservancy invited everyone to the Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party which took place , June 5-12, 2021. While the on-site event at Grand Canyon National Park was cancelled on both rims due to concerns over COVID-19, the park brought the wonders of the night sky into the virtual realm through a series of video premieres on the park's Facebook and YouTube pages.

Over the course of the week, there were 8 special presentations by guest speakers - and virtual telescope sessions - in which astronomers connected video cameras to their telescopes and examined a number of celestial objects. The nightly telescope sessions lasted between 60 and 90 minutes. See the schedule of talks below:
 

Saturday, June 5, 2021

7:30 pm (PDT) Mars 2020 - Perserverance

Learn about the revolutionary new rover that landed on Mars from someone who helped build it. Discover the connections between Mars and the Navajo Nation from someone intimate with both lands.
Aaron Yazzie, mechanical engineer for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Sequoyah Fellow and professional member American Indian Science and Engineering Society.

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9 pm (PDT) Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party: Telescope Session 1

By the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association

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Sunday, June 6, 2021

7:30 pm (PDT) Southern Paiute Astronomy

Learn about Autumn Gillard's efforts to rediscover the rich history of Paiute astronomy, and how she navigates that traditional knowledge through contemporary society.
Autumn Gillard, dark sky ranger at Pipe Springs National Monument and member of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah.

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9 pm (PDT) Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party: Telescope Session 2

By Focus Astronomy

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Monday, June 7, 2021

7:30 pm (PDT) A Puebloan View of the Stars

Join artist Ed Kabotie as he shares heavenward perspectives as influenced by his Hopi and Tewa heritage.
Ed Kabotie, artist and educator, focusing on the plight of the indigenous peoples and the lands of the Colorado Plateau.

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9 pm (PDT) Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party: Telescope Session 3

By the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

7:30 pm (PDT) Ancestral Puebloan Sun Calendars

Discover the diverse ways the ancestral peoples of Grand Canyon region used the landscape to create Sun calendars for agricultural and ceremonial purposes.
Bryan Bates, co-founder of the Society for Cultural Astronomy in the American Southwest.

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9:30 pm (PDT) Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party: Telescope Session 4

By Lowell Observatory

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

7:30 pm (PDT) Zuni World View

Discover the ways the Sun, Moon, and stars are woven into the Zuni world view, as revealed through spiritual leaders and Zuni prayer.
Kenny Bowekaty, archaeologist, preservation officer, tour guide for the Pueblo of Zuni, and Zuni spiritual leader.

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9 pm (PDT) Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party: Telescope Session 5

By Focus Astronomy

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

7:30 pm (PDT) A Conversation with Bertram Tsavadawa on Hopi Astronomy

Learn insights into Hopi astronomy through conversation between Bertram Tsavadawa from Hopi and Park Ranger Rader Lane.
Bertram Tsavadawa, katsina doll carver, artist, and tour guide for Ancient Pathways Tours on the Hopi Mesas.

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9 pm (PDT) Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party: Telescope Session 6

By the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association

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Friday, June 11, 2021

7:30 pm (PDT) Ancient Astronomers of the American West

Take a tour of the most amazing archaeoastronomical sites around the Four Corners region, and consider visiting them on your next visit to Grand Canyon.
Dr. David Koerner, retired professor of cultural astronomy at Northern Arizona University.

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9 pm (PDT) Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party: Telescope Session 7

By Focus Astronomy

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

7:30 pm (PDT) Seeing the Skies Through Navajo Eyes

From cosmology to constellations, discover the intimate connection the Diné (Navajo) people have with the skies over the Grand Canyon region and beyond.
Dr. David Begay and Dr. Nancy Maryboy, authors of Sharing the Skies: Navajo Astronomy.

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9 pm (PDT) Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party: Telescope Session 8

By Focus Astronomy

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Last updated: January 10, 2022

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