Southwest Astronomy Festival starts Sept. 7

Utah has more International Dark Sky parks than any other region in the world, and now is the time to celebrate! Mark your calendars for Sept. 7-9, 2018 to join a regional celebration of astronomy and our glittering dark skies at the Second Annual Southwest Astronomy Festival.


The Festival is coordinated by the Cedar Breaks National Monument and Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, with additional support from organizations within the community. Together, we provide a series of events that focus on astronomy, dark sky preservation, and having fun in the great outdoors. Through star parties, sun parties, workshops, presentations, exhibits, and many other activities, we seek to foster a relationship between the community and the night sky. The festival is an umbrella event, covering a larger series of events across Southern Utah for 3 days. Please check the website


The Festival is a combination of astronomy events all across Southwest Utah and Northern Arizona. Some of the highlights in 2018 include:

  • Star Parties
  • Sun Parties
  • Night Hikes
  • Constellation Tours
  • Family Art Projects
  • Night Sky Photography workshops hosted by award-winning photographers. 
  • Astronomy art and night sky exhibit.
  • Genuine meteorites on display.
  • A series of space policy debates hosted by Southern Utah University.
  • An enormous 26-inch telescope provided by the University of Utah through which attendees will see star-forming nebulae, ancient star clusters, and distant galaxies.


Activities for all ages will be available. These events are free and all are welcome, but some workshops have a seating limit and registration may be required.



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