"Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We're made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself."
We hope you were able to get out to an activity or two last night as part of the 1st Annual Southwest Astronomy Festival. If you missed it, or are ready for more astronomical fun, then you're in luck, the Festival continues tonight! Join us for the following events around Washington County happening today and tonight:
•Solar Party- The St. George Astronomy Group will host a solar viewing event with family crafts and activities from 1-4pm at the @stgeorgechildrensmuseum (86 S Main St St. George).
•Lighting Up the Night- Harun Mehmedinovic from the International Dark Sky Association (@idadarksky) will speak about the history of human observation of the stars, the origins and rise of light pollution, and the dark-sky movement at 6pm at the Public Lands Information Center (345 E Riverside Dr. St. George).
•Night Sky Photography Workshop- Alex Chamberlain (@alextchamberlain) explains how to plan for, properly expose, and artistically shoot moon, Milky Way, and nightscape photos. Indoor presentation begins at 7pm at the Public Lands Information Center (345 E Riverside Dr St. George) followed by an outdoor workshop at the Beaver Dam Wash Conservation Area.
•Dark Sky Drop In- Come by the @zionnps Zion Nature Center (off UT-9, Zion National Park) at 8:30pm for views of stars, planets, constellations and deep sky objects.
For the full schedule of events for the Southwest Astronomy Festival, visit our website (link in bio).
📸: NPS/ Todd Miller
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"Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people."
Come learn more about our amazing universe this weekend (Sept. 22-23) at the 1st Annual Southwest Astronomy Festival in southern Utah. We are teaming up with @cedarbreaksnm and some amazing partners to bring you astronomical programs across the region.
Activities you can participate in on Friday in Washington County include:
•Animals Under the Stars- Activities for kids that teach about nocturnal animals and animal constellations. 10am-5pm @redcliffsreserve Visitor's Center (10 N 100 E St. George, UT).
•Beneath the Surface- Multimedia presentation and art exhibit. Ticket required, call 435-652-7675 to purchase. 6:00pm @dixiestate Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall (225 S University Ave. St. George, UT)
•Desert Discoveries After Dark- Guided ranger hike at dusk. Registration required, call Melissa at 435-688-3283. 7:30-9:30pm at Red Cliffs National Conservation Area near Leeds, UT.
•Star Party- Look through telescopes at stars, nebulae, planets, and more. 8-11pm at Unity Park in Ivins (200 W 400 S Ivins, UT).
• Zion Dark Sky Program- Join a ranger for an evening program about astronomy, dark skies, and stars. 8:30pm @zionnps Zion Lodge Auditorium (1 Zion Canyon Dr. Springdale, UT).
•Star Party- Family friendly event looking at stars and planets through telescopes. 8:30-10:30pm at Canyon Community Center (126 Lion Blvd. Springdale, UT).
To learn more about the events, visit our website (link in bio) or Cedar Breaks National Monument's website at nps.gov/cebr and click on the Southwest Astronomy Festival link. We hope to see you there!
📸: NPS/ Todd Miller