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Grand Canyon Star Party

Explore Grand Canyon by day and the universe by night! Astronomers, telescope viewing, and slideshows.

June 9-16, 2018 | Activities will be offered on both rims of Grand Canyon National Park: South Rim’s Grand Canyon Visitor Center and North Rim’s Grand Canyon Lodge.

Grand Canyon Star Party

Due to its dark skies and clean air, Grand Canyon offers one of the best night sky observing sites in the United States.

What to Expect at the 2018 Grand Canyon Star Party

For eight days in June, park visitors can explore the wonders of the night sky on Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim with the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association and on the North Rim with the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix.

Additionally, amateur astronomers from across the country will volunteer their expertise and offer free nightly astronomy programs and telescope viewing.

Through the telescopes, you might view an assortment of planets, double stars, star clusters, nebulae and distant galaxies by night, and perhaps the Sun or Venus by day.

At the 2018 Star Party, Jupiter and Saturn will be evening highlights, but you might find an astronomer pointing a telescope at Venus in the early evening. Mars will rise just after 11 pm for those staying late in to the evening.

Experience spectacular views of the universe!

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