It’s time once again for one of our favorite annual traditions, the Heritage Starfest. Every autumn Capitol Reef National Park and the Entrada Institute in Torrey team up to bring the wonder of the night sky to everyone. And it’s no wonder. This is one of the best places in the world for stargazing. If you’re planning on being in the area this weekend – September 30 and October 1, 2016 – do yourself a favor and stop by. Below is an itinerary of the events:
Friday, September 30 in Capitol Reef National Park
11.00am – 1.00pm: Solar flare viewing at the Capitol Reef Visitor Center.
3.30pm – 4.30pm: Astronomy programs at the Ripple Rock Nature Center.
8.00pm – 9.00pm: Evening program at the Campground Amphitheater with Seth Jarvis.
9.00pm – 11.00pm: Stargazing with astronomers. Telescopes will be provided.
Saturday, October 1 at the Robber’s Roost in Torrey
7.30pm – 8.45pm: Local Dark Sky Project update and presentation by Seth Jarvis.
8.45pm – 11.00pm: Stargazing with astronomers. Telescopes will be provided.
In addition to the above schedule, the Citizen Science Project will preform its annual night sky monitoring, collecting night sky data from the general area. You can get more information at the Roober’s Roost in Torrey.
About Seth Jarvis
Seth Jarvis is an amateur astronomer of some renown in Utah. He has been an avid stargazer since he built his first telescope when he was twelve years old. He began working for the Hansen Planetarium as an usher in 1978, but eventually became its director during its transition to Clark Planetarium in 2003.
We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch encourage you to check out Heritage Starfest 2016. We think you’ll love it as much as we do.