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

  • Comet ZTF Visits Mars on Feb 10!
    February 8, 2023

    This Friday evening from 8 PM to 10 PM, SVO will set up a couple of telescopes at the Sand Caves parking area off US-89 north of Kanab to provide everyone a chance to observe Comet C2023 E3 (ZTF) as it whizzes past the planet Mars! On that night, the two celestial objects will be […]…

  • Sky Report: February 6 – 12
    Sky Report: February 6 – 12
    February 4, 2023

    I hope everybody got a good look at Comet C/2022 E3 while it was at its brightest – while it was visible to the naked eye under a dark sky – because now it has left the earth and sun behind and is heading back to the depths of space. If you haven’t see it, […]…

  • Sky Report: January 30 – February 5
    Sky Report: January 30 – February 5
    January 29, 2023

    Here’s more on the “green” comet presently in the evening sky. Comet C/2022 E3 passed closest to the sun (103 million miles) on January 12 and to the earth (26 million miles) on February 1, and then it begins to fade. At best it was *barely* visible to the naked eye under the darkest of […]…