Events

RECURRING:

U OF U STAR PARTIES:

  • WHEN: Wednesdays
  • TIME: 7-10pm
  • WHERE: South Physics Observatory, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • DESCRIPTION: During the visit, expect to see galaxies, nebulae, stars, planets, and clusters. Feel free to ask questions about the universe, science and what you’re seeing. We may also offer lectures, demos, and special events before star parties begin.
  • MORE INFORMATION: http://web.utah.edu/astro/

GATEWAY TO THE STARS:

  • WHEN: First Saturday of Every Month
  • TIME: 6:45pm
  • WHERE: Hansen Dome Theatre, Clark Planetarium, Salt Lake City
  • DESCRIPTION: Live and interactive planetarium show about the next month’s astronomical events.
  • MORE INFORMATION: http://clarkplanetarium.org/shows/gateway-to-the-stars/

SUMMER STAR PARTIES AT CEDAR BREAKS

  • WHEN: Every Saturday, Memorial Day – Labor Day
  • TIME: 8:30pm (5/27-8/12); 8pm (8/19-9/2)
  • WHERE: Point Supreme, Cedar Breaks National Monument
  • DESCRIPTION: Join Cedar Breaks rangers and volunteers from local astronomy societies for a look at the night sky from 10,350 feet!
  • MORE INFORMATION: https://www.nps.gov/cebr/star-parties.htm

SLACS – SALT LAKE AVIAN COLLISION SURVEY

  • WHEN: Starting April 1
  • TIME: At volunteer discretion
  • WHERE: Salt Lake City
  • DESCRIPTION: SLACS is a citizen science research initiative whose aim is to better understand the effects of Salt Lake City’s light pollution on migrating bird populations. By surveying urban areas which pose the greatest potential risks to migrating birds, we can begin to understand the magnitude of the issue and initiate mitigations of those risks.
  • MORE INFORMATION: http://www.tracyaviaryconservation.org/slacs

NIGHTLY TELESCOPE TOURS AT THE DARK RANGER OBSERVATORY:

  • WHEN: Nightly, May 1-October 30
  • TIME: 9pm
  • WHERE: Dark Ranger Observatory, Tropic, Utah
  • DESCRIPTION: Hands-on operation of BIG telescopes with 7 different, live, hi-tech, multimedia astronomy shows to choose from. First reservation gets to pick which show. Reservations required. Private tours also available.
  • MORE INFORMATION: www.darkrangertelescopetours.com

ASTRONOMY EVENING PROGRAMS:

  • WHEN: Wednesdays and Fridays, May 24-September 29
  • TIME: 8:30pm in early summer/early fall, 9pm during summer months
  • WHERE: South Rim Campground, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
  • DESCRIPTION: Evening astronomy program with ranger-led talks and night sky viewing with numerous astronomers and telescopes after the talk.
  • MORE INFORMATION:  https://www.nps.gov/blca/planyourvisit/explore_the_night.htm

SALT LAKE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

 

CALENDAR

2017

APRIL 28

TORREY CITIZEN SCIENCE EVENT:

  • TIME: 10pm
  • WHERE: Teasdale, Utah
  • DESCRIPTION: Citizen science monitoring of Torrey’s night sky quality.
  • MORE INFORMATION: Contact Mary Bedingfieldsmith at marybedingfieldsmith@yahoo.com

APRIL 29

ASTRONOMY DAY:

  • TIME: 11am-2pm
  • WHERE: Clark Planetarium, Salt Lake City
  • DESCRIPTION: Science Demonstrations, Live Start Theatre programs, $50 purchase in Planet Fun store will earn you four pair of eclipse watching glasses.

MAY 14-20

AMAZING EARTHFEST

  • TIME: Varies based on events
  • WHERE: Kanab, Utah
  • DESCRIPTION: Amazing Earthfest is a week-long, string of events in Kanab, and this year the theme is “Dark Skies over the Colorado Plateau.”
  • MORE INFORMATION: http://amazingearthfest.com/

JUNE 15

CLARK PLANETARIUM GALA

  • TIME: 6:30pm
  • WHERE: Clark Planetarium, Salt Lake City
  • DESCRIPTION: Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer, will explain what happens “When the Moon Eats the Sun.”  This eclipse-dedicated fundraiser will benefit Clark Planetarium’s educational outreach to Utah schools programs.

JUNE 21-24

ANNUAL BLACK CANYON ASTRONOMY FESTIVAL

  • TIME: Day and Evening Programs
  • WHERE: South Rim Campground, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
  • DESCRIPTION: Guest speakers each night, solar viewing, bat biologists, local and regional astronomers and numerous telescopes each night!

JULY 7

ANTELOPE BY MOONLIGHT

  • TIME: 10pm
  • WHERE: White Rock Bay, Antelope Island State Park, Utah
  • DESCRIPTION: The Antelope by Moonlight Bike Ride is back! Join us for the 24th annual family friendly, non-competitive bike ride at Antelope Island State Park, in the middle of Great Salt Lake. The 24 mile route goes from White Rock Bay to the historic Fielding Garr Ranch and back.
  • MORE INFORMATION: Register online at http://www.daviscountyutah.gov/moonlight

AUGUST 7-21

SOLAR WEEK

  • TIME: 10am-4pm
  • WHERE: Clark Planetarium, Salt Lake City
  • DESCRIPTION: August 12 is Telescope Training Day. Learn how to safely use your telescope to view the Solar Eclipse.

AUGUST 16

SATURN SATURDAY

  • TIME: 8-10pm
  • WHERE: Salt Lake City
  • DESCRIPTION: Saturn’s rings are more tilted toward Earth this summer than they will be until 2030.  Clark Planetarium will have its telescopes out to observe Saturn in all its glory.

AUGUST 21

TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

  • TIME: 10am-1pm
  • WHERE: Clark Planetarium, Salt Lake City; Wheeler Historic Farm, Salt Lake City
  • DESCRIPTION: View the Total Solar Eclipse

SEPTEMBER 22-24

SOUTHWESTERN UTAH ASTRONOMY FESTIVAL

  • TIME: Varies based on events
  • WHERE: Cedar City, Utah; St. George, Utah; Hurricane, Utah; Springdale, Utah (festival takes place across many towns in Southwestern Utah)
  • DESCRIPTION: The first annual Southwestern Utah Astronomy Festival!
  • MORE INFORMATION: Contact Zachary Shierl at zachary_schierl@nps.gov

OCTOBER 20-21

HERITAGE STARFEST

  • TIME: Varies based on events
  • WHERE: Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey, Utah
  • DESCRIPTION: The weekend will be full of special events, guest speakers, stargazing, telescope viewing, storytelling, and more. This event celebrates Capitol Reef National Park’s designation as an International Dark Sky Park, these dark sky resources and the connection all living things have to the natural rhythms of the night.
  • MORE INFORMATION: https://www.nps.gov/care/learn/news/celebrate-the-dark-night-sky-at-heritage-starfest.htm

 

2018

NOVEMBER 10-11

INTERNATIONAL DARK-SKY ASSOCIATION (IDA) ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

  • WHERE: Snowbird Resort, Salt Lake City, Utah

NOVEMBER 12-14

ARTIFICIAL LIGHT AT NIGHT (ALAN) CONFERENCE

  • WHERE: Snowbird Resort, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • DESCRIPTION: The Consortium for Dark Sky Studies (CDSS) at the University of Utah will host the European research organization ALAN.
  • MORE INFORMATION: Contact Janet Muir at janet.muir@gmail.com and visit the CDSS website at http://darkskystudies.org/

 

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