IN DEFENSE OF DARK SKIES

Originally published on Sustainable Utah, a blog dedicated to Green News at the University of Utah run by the U’s Sustainability Office By: Colter Dye, Sustainability Ambassador   Bridging the borders of three great North American ecosystems: the Great Basin, the Colorado Plateau, and the Rocky Mountains, Salt Lake City is a popular destination for…

FOX13 – Stargazing Hot Spots in Utah

  With Cedar Breaks National Monument just being granted International Dark Sky Park designation, an honor reserved for the darkest skies and the most stunning starscapes, Utah is now home to eight of the nation’s sixteen parks. Emily Moench with Visit Utah talked about these parks and some stargazing events you can go to. Check out the interview…

Empowering Collaboration Through Dark Sky Protection

Originally published on the University of Utah’s Environmental Dispute Resolution Blog By Janey Heyman Moving from a small California beach town to Salt Lake City, I realized the night sky was a severely under-utilized resource in my childhood. I can only identify four constellations: the three-starred belt of Orion, the ladle-shaped Big Dipper and its…

Salt Lake Avian Collision Survey

Helping birds navigate Salt Lake City by better understanding how nighttime lights and buildings affect their migrations. WHAT: Conduct collision surveys as part of our team. Sign up for the program and complete online training materials, select a downtown block of your choice as your route, and walk through the area in the morning looking…

See the stars at Cedar Breaks, Utah’s newest dark-sky park

From the rim of Cedar Breaks National Monument on clear, moon-less nights, around 5,000 stars can be seen above this deep-red geological amphitheater. On a recent tour, Dave Sorensen, one of the park’s “dark rangers,” described how the forces of erosion have hollowed out the iron-rich sediments left by Lake Claron. “Since the lake has…

Weekly Star Parties at the University of Utah Observatory

Public star party at our observatory where you can view planets, stars, galaxies, nebula, and other astronomical objects. Wed, January 25, 7pm – 10pm Repeats every Wednesday! Where: South Physics Observatory, 115 South S 1400 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, United States (map) They are only held on days the sky is clear.  Call 58-SPACE…

Skies Over Dinosaur (August 24-28)

Join us at Dinosaur National Monument in Vernal, Utah, for a week long festival packed with astronomy events, in celebration of 100 years of the National Park Service. From August 25-28, admission to any National Park in the nation will be free.   Celebration of the Sun Daily – August 24-27   2:30 – 4:00 pm, Quarry…

Night Sky Restoration in Page, AZ

Page, Arizona is a city on the Colorado Plateau  that is in close proximity to several outdoor recreation areas, including Bryce Canyon National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Kodachrome Basin State Park. Astronomers have been looking into the possibility of restoring the night sky in Page, through decreasing light pollution from the city, which…

Preserving Dark Skies and Bright Stars: July 26-27

Join Dr. John Barentine, of the International Dark-Sky Association, and Nate Ament, of the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative, on July 26-27, for an informative and entertaining night skies event, in Page, Arizona.  You will learn about the unique dark skies of the area, the threats of light pollution, and what you can do to help preserve…