Southwest Astronomy Festival a regional celebration of astronomy and dark skies. The festival will consist of events for all ages taking place throughout Southwestern Utah at various times. Come experience night sky art exhibitions in Cedar City, attend a star party in Cedar Breaks National Monument, go on a night hike in Zion National Park, and look at the Sun from downtown St. George. Click here for a PDF of the Southwest Astronomy Festival brochure. For updates on the festival, visit the www.nps.gov/cebr/calendar or follow Cedar Breaks National Monument on Facebook at @CedarBreaksNationalMonument.
A thin crescent moon this weekend that will make for great viewing in the event but will set early enough to permit dark skies later in the evening.
Art Fusion: Hands on art project about the night sky – 6 – 7 pm; Southern Utah Museum of Art (13 S 300 W, Cedar City)
Astronomy Extravaganza: Mobile planetarium – 6 – 8 pm; North Elementary (550 W 200 N, Cedar City)
Save The Night Walking Tour: See examples of dark-sky friendly lighting – 8 – 9 pm; North Elementary (550 W 200 N, Cedar City)
Star Party: Telescopes – 8:30 – 10:30 pm; North Elementary (550 W 200 N, Cedar City)
Inflatable Planetarium: 10 am – 1 pm; Cedar City Library (303 N 100 W, Cedar City)
Astronomy Talks & Workshops: 10 am – 5 pm; Cedar City Library (303 N 100 W, Cedar City)
Might as Well be Walking on the Sun: Solar telescopes – 1 – 4 pm; Cedar City Library (303 N 100 W, Cedar City)
Astrogeek Networking: Hob nob with astro-nerds, artists, astrophotographers, & astronomy enthusiasts; 6 – 8 pm; Artisans Art Gallery (94 W University Blvd/Center St, Cedar City)
Night Sky Photography Workshop: Learn the ins and outs with photographer Mike Saemisch (RSVP) – 7:30 – 10 pm; Cedar Breaks National Monument (Ranger Station)
Star Party: Telescopes – 8 – 11 pm; Cedar Breaks National Monument (Point Supreme)
Star Party: Observatory – 8 – 10 pm; Ashcroft Observatory (745 Hillcrest Dr, Cedar City)
Star Party: After the Astrogeek Networking – Telescopes – 9 – 11 pm; Cedar Canyon Nature Park (1310 E Hwy U-14, Cedar City)
Additional events will take place around St George, Red Cliffs , Ivins, Zion Canyon National Park, Springdale, and Pipe Springs National Monument (AZ), follow the above link for times and locations.