A Party of Astronomical Proportions

 

Are you ready for a star studded event at 10,350 feet? 

To celebrate and share the beauty of a Designated Dark Sky Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument holds a series of astronomy programs throughout the summer season. The sunsets at Cedar Breaks are an incredible experience, but the view gets even better if you stick around. The night sky comes alive as you’ve never seen it before with swirling star clusters, galaxies, and the Milky Way putting their best face forward.

At 10,350 feet in elevation you’ll feel as if you could reach out and pluck a star from the sky!

 

View of the night sky at Cedar Breaks National Monument ⠀

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What is a star party?

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 and the dark skies of Cedar Breaks. As the daylight fades, you’ll get to view a variety of celestial wonders through several large telescopes.

 

A party of astronomical proportions at the Point Supreme Overlook⠀

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What is there to see?

Stunning views looking into a red rock geological amphitheater during the day, phenomenal sunsets at night, and then expansive dark skies with incredible views stretching in every direction. Depending on the night, you might see craters and mountain ranges on the moon, the rings of Saturn or even Jupiter’s moons. You’ll feel as if you’re right in the middle of them as you gaze at star clusters, galaxies, and more!

 

View of the Milky Way over Cedar Breaks National Monument ⠀

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Things to know before you go?

Star parties are held every Saturday evening generally from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Check out their calendar to see upcoming star parties.
These parties are FREE of charge and generally last about 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. Being at this elevation, the temperature is a little cooler so please dress warmly! You may also wish to bring a lawn or camp chair, as seating at the Point Supreme is limited.

 

Night sky beauty at the Cedar Breaks National Monument visitor center. ⠀

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What are you waiting for?! The night sky views at Cedar Breaks National Monument are breathtaking and sure to be the pinnacle of your visit to Cedar City.
There are free Night Sky 101: Year Round Constellation maps and Summer Sky Constellation maps available at the Visit Cedar City ● Brian Head Visitor Center (581 N Main Street).
While you’re here, pick up a free Dark Sky Weekend Itinerary as well.

 

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