Second Annual Night Sky Festival
Friday, August 18th to Monday, August 21st, 2017
Join Us for a Fabulous Weekend Exploring our Starry Night Skies and the 2017 Solar Eclipse!
Celebrate the valuable resource of dark skies through guest presentations by astronomy experts, Ranger Programs, and viewing the beautiful night skies that Shenandoah National Park protects. The festival will include constellation tours, solar scope viewing, telescope viewing, Junior Ranger programs, audio-visual presentations, hands-on activities, and will culminate in viewing the 2017 Solar Eclipse! Activities take place in a variety of locations throughout the Park.
Night Sky Junior Ranger Explorer books are available for free throughout the weekend and can be picked up at Park visitor centers.
Friday, August 18th at 4:00 pm
James Webb Space Telescope: NASA's Successor to Hubble Space Telescope
Join NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassador Greg Redfern for this engaging presentation about the 2018 space telescope successor to Hubble Space Telescope. Get up close and personal with the latest pictures and information direct from NASA. Byrd Visitor Center Auditorium (mile 51), 45 minutes
Saturday, August 19th at 5:00 pm
Evening Ranger Talk: The Last Frontier
We have come a long way since John Lederer became the first European to document his discoveries west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Today we set our eyes on space. Come learn about recent discoveries and how we can all play a role in protecting our night skies. Dickey Ridge Visitor Center auditorium (mile 4.6), 45 minutes
Saturday, August 19th at 8:30 pm
Big Meadows Evening Program: The Lives of Stars
Join NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassador Greg Redfern for this engaging presentation about how the stars, including our Sun, shine. Explore how stars are born, live, and ultimately, die. You’ll never look at the stars the same after you learn their secrets. Dress for cool mountain nights. Big Meadows Amphitheater, in the picnic grounds (mile 51), 45 minutes, [Rain location: Byrd Visitor Center, mile 51]
Sunday, August 20th at 8:30 pm
Big Meadows Evening Program: Stories in the Stars
Discover the value of preserving dark skies as you take a constellation tour highlighting stories with some surprising modern connections. Dress for cool mountain nights. Big Meadows Amphitheater, in the picnic grounds (mile 51), 45 minutes