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.


Education

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

Tourism

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 Events


  • Sky Report: January 18 – January  24
    Sky Report: January 18 – January 24
    January 16, 2021

    Jupiter and Saturn have left the evening sky while at the same time Venus is leaving the morning sky, leaving bright Mars to shine down on us. But this week and most of next Mercury makes an excellent although brief appearance in the evening sky, and if you’ve never seen it, this is a good […]…

  • Sky Report: January 11 – January 17
    Sky Report: January 11 – January 17
    January 10, 2021

    Jupiter and Saturn were in conjunction last month, and at their closest they were separated by a scant 1/10°. They’re still close, and on the 11th they’re separated by 2½° and remain a nice double planet in binoculars. But Mercury joins them, and for a few days only you have the opportunity to see three […]…

  • Sky Report: January 4 – January 10
    Sky Report: January 4 – January 10
    January 4, 2021

    This week is your last chance to see Jupiter and Saturn, still unusually close together. They were at their closest on December 21 when Jupiter passed only 1/10° from Saturn. Now Jupiter is pulling away from Saturn but they’re still less than 2° apart. Look for Jupiter a half-hour after sunset very low in the […]…