Get ready to gaze at the stars ✨
Due to its dark skies and clean air, the Grand Canyon offers one of the best night sky observing sites in the United States.
For eight days each June, park visitors and residents 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. Amateur astronomers from across the country 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 2019 Star Party, Jupiter and Saturn will be evening highlights, but you will find astronomers pointing telescopes at Mercury and Mars in the western sky just after sunset. Skies will be starry and dark until the moon rises at 11:47 pm the first night. It rises progressively later throughout the week of the Star Party.