Stellar Vista Observatory
The mission of the Stellar Vista Observatory is to provide observational experiences for people to enjoy appreciate and comprehend what can be seen in the clear night skies of southern Utah.

Kanab’s Stellar Vista

It is startling to realize that humanity’s view of the stars now resides on the endangered list for most humans who can no longer enjoy a starry sky from where they live. The nonprofit Stellar Vista Observatory aims to enable residents and visitors to enjoy and more fully comprehend the celestial beauty of southern Utah’s starry nights with the creation of a public educational observatory in Kanab, Utah.

Due to its geographical remoteness, the proximity of numerous national and state parks, national forests and monuments and the absence of light pollution, Kane County, Utah is one of the darkest regions of the western Colorado Plateau. The gateway community of Kanab is exceptionally well situated for astronomical viewing yet there is no public observatory here. Stellar Vista Observatory will fill this need.


Stellar Vista Observatory will stimulate interest in science, provide hands on training, and provide tools for Kane County educators.


A world class dark sky coupled with a state of the art observatory will make Kanab an elite dark sky destination in the United States.

Community Enhancement

An observatory will offer exciting night time activities, enhance community pride, deliver inspiration.

Recent Posts

  • Free Telescope and Binocular Training – June 22 and 23 in Kanab
    Free Telescope and Binocular Training – June 22 and 23 in Kanab
    June 15, 2021

    Kanab’s Stellar Vista Observatory (SVO) will offer two free training sessions on Tuesday, June 22, and Wednesday. June 23, in how to use telescopes and tripod mounted binoculars to observe the night sky. The equipment is simple to use and there’s so much to see! Children as young as 10 may receive hands-on telescope training […]…

  • Sky Report: June 14 – June 20
    Sky Report: June 14 – June 20
    June 13, 2021

    The first planet to appear tonight is Venus, poetically called the Evening Star. You can see it during twilight north of due west and fairly low. Venus is so brilliant that you can see it at sunset – and even before — if you know where to look; find it one night, and then the […]…

  • Sky Report: June 7 – June 13
    Sky Report: June 7 – June 13
    June 6, 2021

    The good news is that there is a rare “annular” or ring eclipse of the sun on June 10 — but the bad news is that you won’t see it unless you’re in a small part of Russia, Greenland, or northernmost Canada. It will be a nice partial eclipse for some eastern states and much […]…