If you happen to love stargazing and may be on the Grand Canyon June 18 to 25, you want to add the Grand Canyon Star Get together to your calendar.
The Grand Canyon Star Get together at Grand Canyon Nationwide Park is free — though you’ll nonetheless must pay the park admission price. The occasion, held on each the South Rim and North Rim, begins at sundown every night. Astronomers will even be on-hand and share their telescopes.
“View an assortment of planets, double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and distant galaxies by evening, and maybe the Solar or Venus by day,” Rader Lane, evening sky park ranger on the Grand Canyon, mentioned in a press release. “Skies can be starry and darkish till the moon rises the primary evening. It rises progressively later all through the week of the Star Get together.”
Right here’s a rundown of scheduled occasions.
South Rim Star Get together 2022
The South Rim Star Get together is sponsored by the Tucson Novice Astronomy Affiliation.
There can be evening sky images workshops, constellation talks, and ranger-led constellation excursions every night. Every evening there will even be a unique night program at 8 p.m.
Right here’s the schedule for the night packages.
June 18, Mars Perseverance
Aaron Yazzie, a mechanical engineer at NASA JPL and member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, will give a presentation in regards to the Mars rover he helped construct in addition to the connections between Mars and the Navajo Nation.
June 19, Unfold The Universe With NASA’s James Webb House Telescope
Guests will be taught in regards to the engineering and science behind the lately launched James Webb House Telescope throughout a dialogue led by John Durning, deputy mission supervisor for the James Webb House Telescope Mission at NASA’s Goddard House Flight Heart.
June 20, Tour Of The Universe: You Are Right here
Attendees will be taught in regards to the billions of stars and galaxies within the universe throughout a presentation by Dean Regas, outreach astronomer on the Cincinnati Observatory, and former co-host of PBS’s Star Gazers.
June 21, Stars Up, Lights Down
Ashley Wilson, director of conservation on the Worldwide Darkish-Sky Affiliation, will lead a presentation in regards to the affiliation and its work to guard darkish evening skies from mild air pollution.
June 22, Fly Me To The Moon Through Northern Arizona
Attendees will be taught in regards to the coaching astronauts within the Sixties and ’70s went via in northern Arizona as they ready for moon missions throughout a presentation led by Kevin Schindler, a historian at Lowell Observatory.
June 23, Harmonious Nightscapes
The Darkish Sky Quartet, a classical string quartet, will carry out stay underneath the celebrities.
June 24, Life In The Cosmos
David Koerner, emeritus professor at Northern Arizona College, will focus on “how components which led to life on Earth trace on the potentialities for extraterrestrial life within the universe.”
June 25, The Superb Nuwuvi Universe
“Soar into area with an indigenous astronomer,” Autumn Gillard, Southern Paiute astronomer at Pipe Spring Nationwide Monument, “and be taught in regards to the cultural connection that the Southern Paiute have with the darkish sky.”
North Rim Star Get together 2022
Telescopes can be arrange on the porch of the Grand Canyon Lodge every night throughout Star Get together. An astronomy-related night program can be offered at 8 p.m. within the Grand Canyon Lodge’s auditorium, and constellation talks will even be given all through every night.
The North Rim Star Get together is sponsored by the Saguaro Astronomy Membership of Phoenix, Arizona.
What You Want To Know
If you happen to plan to attend the Grand Canyon Star Get together 2022, make sure you gown warmly: Temperatures drop shortly after sundown, even in the summertime.
You’ll additionally must take into account that the usage of flashlights with white bulbs and cellphone lights is discouraged on the telescope lot. As a substitute, you’ll want to make use of a flashlight with a purple bulb as a result of it maintains your (and everybody else’s) evening imaginative and prescient, so your eyes received’t repeatedly want to regulate to the darkish.
You possibly can be taught extra in regards to the Grand Canyon Star Get together 2022, June 18 to 25, right here.
Lastly, don’t fear in the event you’re fascinated with stargazing on the Grand Canyon however are unable to attend this yr’s Star Get together. The Grand Canyon is an Worldwide Darkish Sky Park, so, because the Nationwide Park Service notes, “virtually wherever within the park is a superb place to stargaze because of the park’s efforts to cut back its mild air pollution.”
You possibly can be taught extra about stargazing on the Grand Canyon right here.
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