Special Event


Badlands Astronomy Festival (Day 1)

Badlands National Park



Location: LAT/LONG: 43.749080, -101.941661

Daytime events will be held at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Nighttime events will be held at the Amphitheater at Cedar Pass Campground.

Dates & Times


Friday, July 5, 2024


10:00 AM


10 hours

Type of Event



The Annual Badlands Astronomy Festival brings together space science professionals, amateur astronomers, educators, youth groups, and park visitors for a stellar experience. Celebrate the beauty of a dark night sky and the wonder of space exploration.

Novices and experts alike will enjoy daily family-friendly activities and evening presentations with special guest speakers. In the past, activities have included planetarium visits, solar telescope viewings, technology demonstrations, and more. Nightly telescope viewings will be sponsored by the NPS Night Sky Program.

This three-day celebration at Badlands National Park will support the continued protection and enjoyment of our incredible night skies as a precious natural resource. Although light pollution threatens dark skies across the globe, the Badlands are nestled in a corner of the Great Plains where light pollution is not a prevalent issue. Come celebrate the dark skies of the park with us!

More information

Reservation or Registration: No

Contact Information

Ed Welsh
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