Bryce Canyon National Park invites you to let your imagination soar as you experience the park’s renowned dark skies at the 17th annual Astronomy Festival, held from June 21-24, 2017.
This year’s festival features familiar favorites such as model rocket building and nightly telescope viewing, as well as new presentations. The festival keynote speaker is Dean Regas, Outreach Astronomer at the Cincinnati Observatory, and Co-Host of the PBS program, “Star Gazers”. He will present “Tour of the Universe: You are Here” on Friday, June 23rd, at 9:00 p.m. at Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill in Bryce Canyon City. Utilizing amazing simulation software, visitors will embark on a journey through the mind-boggling scale of the universe, stopping along the way at familiar objects in our solar system before jumping to light speed and galaxies beyond our own. Assurances have been made that he’ll have everyone “back home in time for dessert”. Admission to the keynote program is $3.00 per person or $10.00 per family. You may pay at the door or purchase tickets the day of the program at the Ruby’s Best Western lobby front desk.
The event’s partners include the Salt Lake Astronomical Society, the Bryce Canyon Natural History Association, Bryce Canyon City and the Cache County Astronomical Society. These partners, along with Bryce Canyon National Park’s “Dark Rangers” will present a variety of programs and events, with night sky interpretation beginning each evening at 10:30 p.m.
The Visitor Center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., except Friday, June 23rd, when the Visitor Center will close at 8:00 p.m. Shuttle service will operate from 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. each day of the festival. For more detailed information on daily activities and how to obtain tickets, please consult the Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival website: http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/astrofest.htm or by calling the park’s main information line at (435) 834-5322.