10th annual Astronomy Festival set for Great Basin National Park

BAKER — Great Basin National Park’s tenth annual Astronomy Festival is coming up, Sept. 26-28. 

Join us for three days and three nights, of day and night astronomy activities for all ages! Great Basin National Park in Baker, Nevada is an International Dark Sky Park, as certified by the International Dark Sky Association, and features some of the darkest night skies in the country.

During the daytime visitors may safely view the sun through solar telescopes, enjoy ranger programs, and participate in kids programs, while each evening features different events followed by hours of telescope observing.

The events start on Thursday Sept. 26 with solar viewing during the day and the Night Sky Talent Show following. On Friday evening we’ll welcome our keynote speaker, Tom Beckett, Board Chair Emeritus of the Clark Planetarium and Raft Guide for Holiday River Expeditions. 

Beckett will recount his night time solo river run through Desolation Canyon and the joys of a dark-sky. Saturday evening we are joined by Dr. John Kenny of Concordia University and Chair of the Great Basin Observatory Operations Committee, Dr. Kenny will give a virtual tour of the Great Basin Observatory and discuss the observatory’s role in education.

Generous support for the festival comes from the Great Basin National Park Foundation. 

For more information, visit nps.gov/grba.