Summer Star Parties at Cedar Breaks NM
Fee:Park Entrance Fees Apply.
Location: LAT/LONG: 37.613030, -112.838360
Point Supreme Overlook, Visitors Center Parking.
Type of Event
The program begins just before sunset with a ranger-led presentation on astronomy & the dark skies of Cedar Breaks. As the sun sets and daylight fades, you'll get to view a variety of celestial wonders through several large telescopes. Reservations are not needed, just show up! Feel free to drop in for a half hour or stay the entire time.
To celebrate and share the beauty of our night skies, Cedar Breaks holds a series of astronomy programs (also known as "star parties") throughout the summer season.
Park rangers and volunteer astronomers host each star party at Point Supreme Overlook. The program begins just before sunset with a ranger-led presentation on astronomy & the dark skies of Cedar Breaks. As the Sun sets and daylight fades, you'll get to view a variety of celestial wonders through several large telescopes. Depending on the night, you might see craters & mountain ranges on the Moon, the rings of Saturn, Jupiter's Galilean moons, star clusters, galaxies, nebulae, and more! Once the skies are completely dark, rangers lead laser-powered constellation tours and discuss the mythology of the heavens.
Star parties are held every Saturday evening generally from Memorial Day to Labor Day (may slightly vary depending on snowfall and staffing). Additional star parties are held for special events (such as meteor showers or eclipses) as staffing permits. Start times vary depending on the month.
Star parties are free of charge and generally last 2-3 hours. Reservations are not needed, just show up. Feel free to drop in for a half hour or stay the entire time. Cedar Breaks is home to the highest regularly scheduled astronomy program (10,350 feet) in the entire National Park system. Please dress warmly for the cool night air at this high elevation! You may also wish to bring a lawn or camp chair as seating at Point Supreme is limited.
Please Note: Telescope viewing may be cancelled due to inclement weather. In this event, rangers will lead an indoor astronomy presentation at the Cedar Breaks Ranger Station (200 yards south of the visitor center).
For more information, call the visitor center from 9 AM - 6 PM at 435-586-0787 ex. 4031 (during the summer season only).
You can also check the night sky and weather forecast using the links below.