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Stellar Vista Observatory

Based in Kanab, Utah, 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.

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