Summer Night Sky Events

2018 Flagstaff National Monuments
Night Sky Events

Saturday, June 9th - Solar Viewing and Star Party

Visitor Center
Solar Viewing from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Lava Flow Amphitheater
Astronomy Presentation from 8:00 p.m. until 8:45 p.m.
Telescope Viewing and Constellation Tours from 8:45 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 7th - Solar Viewing and Star Party

Visitor Center
Solar Viewing from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Lava Flow Amphitheater
Astronomy Presentation from 8:00 p.m. until 8:45 p.m.
Telescope Viewing and Constellation Tours from 8:45 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 11th - Solar Viewing, Star Party, and Meteor Shower

Visitor Center
Solar Viewing from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Lava Flow Amphitheater
Astronomy Presentation from 7:00 p.m. until 7:45 p.m.
Telescope Viewing and Constellation Tours from 7:45 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is visible from mid-July each year, with activity peaking between August 9th and 14th. During the peak the rate of meteors may reach 60 or more per hour. The thin, crescent moon will set early in the evening, leaving dark skies for what should be an excellent show. The best viewing will be after midnight, the monument will remain open all night for the show!


Directions

From Flagstaff, Arizona, take U.S. 89 north for 12 miles (19km). After milepost 430, turn right on the Sunset Crater Volcano–Wupatki Loop Road, and continue 2 miles (3km) to the visitor center. The drive time from Flagstaff to Sunset Crater Volcano is 30 minutes. Solar viewing will take place at the Sunset Crater Volcano Visitor Center. All other events will take place at the Lava Flow Trail parking lot, located 1.5 miles east of the visitor center on the park loop drive (FS 545).

 
 


 
Solar Viewing at Sunset Crater Volcano
Astronomy volunteers prepare for solar viewing at Sunset Crater Volcano

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Sunset Crater Volcano, Where Dark Skies Come Out to Play

If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Join us this summer for our 6th year of celebrating incredible dark skies and inspiring starscapes at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. Whether you are an experienced stargazer, an amateur, or you have never looked through a telescope, our incredible volunteer astronomers and park rangers will be on hand to help you get the most out of the night skies.

Can you imagine a world without stars. Perhaps you don't have to imagine; dark night skies are a vanishing resource in many parts of the country. You can learn more about protecting our night skies here.

 
Astronomers of the Verde Valley

Our special thanks to the Astronomers of the Verde Valley and to our Astro VIPs for helping to make these events possible every year.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6400 U.S. 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Phone:

(928) 526-0502

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