Stargazing Events Fall on National Parks

3rd June 2016 | James Robles

News Regions: California, Maine, Nevada, Rocky Mountains, South Dakota

Joshua Tree National Park - ©Joshua Tree National Park

The night sky at Joshua Tree National Park

Copyright: Joshua Tree National Park

Nothing harkens back to the wonderment of childhood like lying under a dark sky and cooing at falling stars. With camping season upon us it’s the perfect time to synch up with the cosmos and ensure you’re pitching a tent under optimal starlight.

Summer 2016 is shaping up to be a busy one, not only in a galaxy far far away (see Aquarids and Perseid meteor showers), but also in many of the country’s National Parks. The National Parks Service is great at promoting dark skies, from ranger-led programs, constellation tours, telescope viewings and full-scale festivals complete with live music and more. Whether you’re an astronomy buff, a photographer or just a big kid wanting to feel young again, roll out your sleeping bag, grab a s’more and check out this season’s brightest celestial events.

Summer Events

1. South Dakota, Badlands Astronomy Festival 7/8-7/10

2. Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park: Night Sky Festival 7/28-7/30

3. California, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Dark Sky Festival 8/5-8/7

4. California, Lassen Dark Sky Festival 8/12-8/14 

Exploring the universe at the Dark Sky Festival. - ©Alison Taggart-Barone

Exploring the universe at the Dark Sky Festival.

Copyright: Alison Taggart-Barone

Notable Fall Events

5. Maine, Acadia National Park: Acadia Night Sky Festival 9/22-9/25

6. Nevada, Great Basin National Park: Great Basin Astronomy Festival 9/29-10/1

7. California, Joshua Tree National Park: Night Sky Festival 10/28-10/30

Check out NPS.gov for more info. 

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