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 September 21 – September 27
    Sky Report September 21 – September 27
    September 20, 2020

    The seasons officially change at 7:31 am MDT on Tuesday, September 22, the autumn equinox, when summer ends and autumn begins. There’s nothing to see directly, but you do experience it in a sense: on the equinox the sun rises due east and sets due west and the days and nights are each 12 hours […]…

  • Sky Report September 14 – September 20
    Sky Report September 14 – September 20
    September 12, 2020

    Often there are no planets in the evening sky, or only one. Now there are three – plus one in the morning sky. All four are about as bright as they ever get, so don’t take this abundance of planets for granted; this is a special time. The first two planets you’ll see are Jupiter […]…

  • Sky Report September 6 – September 13
    Sky Report September 6 – September 13
    September 5, 2020

    The sky is always changing. Some things happen quickly, like a solar eclipse or a meteor. Other changes happen infinitely slowly, like the rotation of the Milky Way. But many changes take place over weeks and months, and people with short attention spans will miss them but regular sky watchers can follow the progress. One […]…