2019 Calendar of Events

The world’s most accessible dark skies

ALL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FREE (except workshops)

Thursday September 26
Telescope Workshop
(registration required)
5:00-7:30pmNACET Accelerator parking lot, 2225 N Gemini Rd.
Sunset Talk:
Shadows and Circles
6:00-6:30pmBuffalo Park Loop Trail
Twilight Talk:
Dark Skies: Why and How
6:45-7:15pmBuffalo Park West Gate
The Main Event
Telescope Observing
7:00-10:00pmBuffalo Park
Night Sky Orientation7:30-9:00pmBuffalo Park
Binocular Circle:
From Earth to Sky
8:00 & 9:00pmNorth of Pavilion
Friday September 27
Sunset Talk:
Shadows and Circles
6:00-6:30pmBuffalo Park Loop Trail
Twilight Talk:
Exoplanets: Weird and Wonderful Worlds
6:45-7:15pmBuffalo Park West Gate
The Main Event
Telescope Observing
7:00-10:00pmBuffalo Park
Night Sky Orientation7:30-9:00pmBuffalo Park
Binocular Circle:
From Earth to Sky
8:00 & 9:00pmNorth of Pavilion
Saturday September 28
Photography Workshop
(registration required)
5:30-8:30pmNACET Accelerator, 2225 N Gemini Rd.
Music under the Stars
Dark Skies String Quartet
6:15-7:00pmEast of Pavillion
The Main Event
Telescope Observing
7:00-10:00pmBuffalo Park
Night Sky Orientation7:30-9:00pmBuffalo Park
Binocular Circle:
From Earth to Sky
8:00 & 9:00pmNorth of Pavilion

Telescope Viewing

Nightly: 6:00-10:00 pm

Photo copyright Gary O’Brien 2015.

 

Hosted telescope viewing of the beautiful night sky through high power telescopes from 7 to 10 pm.


Night Sky Orientation / Constellation Tour

Nightly: every half-hour from 7:30-9:00 pm

Night's Window opens...
Night’s Window opens…

Every evening as twilight deepens a local astronomer and night-sky enthusiast will introduce you to the star-filled night sky, pointing out the North Star, constellations, the Milky Way, planets, and other less-known objects such as star clusters and “dark clouds” visible to your unaided eyes!

 



Sunset Talk

Thursday and Friday: 6:00 – 6:30 pm
Sunset Shadows and Circles

Thursday and Friday evenings Brian Skiff of Lowell Observatory will have a “sunset” talk from 6-6:30 p.m. Weather permitting, he will describe the subtle transition from sunset into twilight, including the Earth-shadow and Belt of Venus in the east, as well as layered pastel colors over the Sun in the west. Join Brian and watch the tree shadows stretch to the eastern horizon!



From Earth to Sky

Nightly: 8:00 & 9:00 pm
Binocular Circle

A Kid friendly Activity! Every evening Rich Krueger, Astronomy Teacher and NASA SOFIA Ambassador will lead a journey from Earth to Sky. Weather permitting, he will guide you using  binoculars in piercing the mysteries of the Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxies – from Jupiter and Saturn to double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Binoculars, reclining chairs, blankets and a safe place to lay down and look up at the stars are provided. You are invited to bring your own binoculars, blankets and pillows if you like.

A take home guide is provided about the constellations and celestial objects covered during the tour

SPACE WILL BE LIMITED to the first 25 arrivals – first come basis. (You will have to hand-carry your chair from your car to the viewing area – a minimum of 400 feet from the Buffalo Park lot.)



NEW for 2019!
Music under the Stars –
Melissa Cripps and David Koerner at Grand Canyon

Saturday (only): 6:15-7:00 pm

In the premier performance of the Dark Skies String Quartet, violinists David Koerner and Marty Cook, violist Cindy Binkley, and cellist Melissa Cripps will accompany the emergence of stars and planets in the darkening sky after sunset, including new arrangements of “Sunset” from Grofé‘s Grand Canyon Suite, and “Jupiter” from Holst’s The Planets. Audience members are invited to sit back and watch the universe unfold. In between musical selections, violinist/astronomer David Koerner will point out bright planets and stars as they come into view. The concert will be followed by an introduction to Native American constellations complemented by a modern western understanding of stars, planets, and features in the Milky Way Galaxy.


Workshops
Telescope Workshop

Thursday, September 26, 2018, 5:00 – 7:30 pm, NACET Accelerator parking lot

You have that telescope at home – but it never seems to get out of the closet… If you have been struggling with using your own telescope, dust it off and bring it to this useful workshop! Coconino Astronomical Society members will coach you through setting it up, how to align it and find astronomical objects, what eyepieces work best for what objects, and all the rest to demystify your telescope and help you open the beauty of deep space to yourself and your family.

Workshop participants must bring their own complete telescope, including stand or mount and eyepieces. Please don’t bring broken or incomplete equipment.

SPACE WILL BE LIMITED so requires registration and a nominal $5 fee. Register HERE.


Night Sky Photography Workshop with Stan Honda

Friday, October 5, 2018, 5:00 – 8:30 pm, NACET Incubator and Buffalo Park

Stan Honda Workshop - FSP 2015
Stan Honda Workshop – FSP 2015

SPACE IS LIMITED so requires registration and a $25 fee. Register HERE.

This extraordinary opportunity will allow participants to learn how to photograph the night sky with a master. New York-based Stan Honda was a photojournalist for 34 years, most recently for Agence France-Presse (AFP). Although he has photographed a wide array of subjects over the years, he has a special passion for starry skies and night landscapes, combining his interests in astronomy and photography. He has worked as an artist-in-residence at five national parks, and his photography of Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico and Wupatki National Monument were used in reports that led to them both being designated as International Dark Sky Parks. Honda will conduct a three-part workshop introducing basic techniques to capture beautiful night sky photos with modern digital cameras. The three-hour session will include learning about your camera and a short slideshow of Honda’s work.

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SPACE IS LIMITED so requires registration and a $25 fee. Register HERE.


Twilight Talks

Thursday, September 26, 2019 , 6:45 – 7:15 pm, Buffalo Park pavilion

Dark Skies: Why and How

Jeffrey Hall
Dr. Jeffrey Hall, Lowell Observatory

Dr. Hall will explore the broad impacts of a dark sky, on everything from astronomy to human health. He will cover the basic components of dark sky protection, and provide some tips on implementing dark sky friendly lighting at your home. Come learn about how Flagstaff preserves its long-standing dark sky tradition, and how you can help bring dark skies to your home wherever you live!


Friday, September 27, 2019, 6:45 – 7:15 pm, Buffalo Park pavilion

Exoplanets: Weird and Wonderful Worlds

Dr. Tyler Robinson, Northern Arizona University

Astronomers now know of thousands of worlds orbiting other stars in our Galaxy. These so-called “exoplanets” are surprisingly diverse, spanning giant planets with super-heated atmospheres to small rocky worlds with rock vapor in their air. These findings are all leading up to the discovery everyone is waiting for – another planet like our own!