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

  • Sky Report: September 13 – 19
    Sky Report: September 13 – 19
    September 12, 2021

    Beginning with planets, the first to appear as darkness falls is Venus, in the southwest. At the moment of sunset it’s 18° above the horizon, as seen from Kanab, and you can spot it with binoculars. An hour later it’s only 7° high and you may need to peer between buildings or trees to see […]…

  • Sky Report: September 6 – September 12
    Sky Report: September 6 – September 12
    September 4, 2021

    Venus and Mercury shine low in the west after sunset. Brilliant Venus is obvious but Mercury is so near the horizon and sets in twilight that you’ll have a tough time spotting it. The very thin crescent moon, only three days past new and only 12% illuminated by the sun, is just 3° from Venus […]…

  • Stellar Vista Observatory Hosting Two Star Parties for the 2021 Southwest Astronomy Festival
    August 31, 2021

    Join members of Kanab’s nonprofit Stellar Vista Observatory (SVO) for a Constellation Tour and Star Party – Friday, September 10, 8:00 PM, Jackson Flat Reservoir Boat Launch, Kaneplex Drive, Kanab. This location is close to town with restrooms. Learn how to operate a portable telescope or powerful tripod mounted binocular, or, bring your own and […]…