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Mar 13

Planets and Stars of the Spring Sky

As we look ahead to the passage of an unusually cold and wet winter, amateur astronomers with Kanab’s Stellar Vista Observatory (SVO) are optimistic about the sky conditions for the next observing event in their 2023 series of free public star parties. If you love the night sky glittering with stars, seeing them through the […]

Feb 21

Storm Advisory!

Tonight’s Public Star Party at Jackson Flat Reservoir Boar Launch Parking Area (Tuesday, February 21) is likely to be brief due to an oncoming storm forecasting high winds and cloud cover although an 80% chance exists for at least a window of clear sky between 7:00 and 8:00 o’clock. We’ll be there ready to begin […]

Feb 15

Venus, the Moon & Mars with Jupiter Nearby: Finding Perspective in the Night Sky

Two Evenings with Kanab’s Stellar Vista Observatory: Tuesday, February 21 AND Monday, February 27 Perspective in life is so important. The earlier one can develop it, the more likely one can recognize opportunities embedded within the challenges our daily lives. Indeed, its so easy to lose awareness of our unique position as sentient beings living […]

Feb 15

Indigenous Perspectives – Leave No Trace

FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2023: Indigenous Perspectives and Dark Sky Leave No Trace Principles with Autumn Gillard and Stellar Vista Observatory7 p.m. – 10 p.m., meet @ BLM Kanab Visitor Center, carpool/caravan to Ponderosa Grove campground. Join Autumn Gillard, who is a maternal descendant of the Cedar Band of Paiutes from the Paiute Indian Tribe of […]

Feb 8

Comet ZTF Visits Mars on Feb 10!

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 […]

Jan 16

SVO Newsletter – Vol. 4, Number 1 – January, 2023

A Look at Stellar Vista Observatory achievements for 2022 After an extended withdrawal from public engagement due to the Covid 19 pandemic, SVO resumed its outreach activities, delivering 12 free public star parties from February through November. To steer clear of Covid from 2020 through 2021, SVO developed two outstanding ongoing projects; 1) our Weekly […]

Oct 13

2nd Graders Annual Full Moon Party!

On the evening of October 10, a lovely Harvest Moon rose through the clouds, delighting a crowd of children, their siblings and parents, and the teachers who assembled their students for the occasion of their annual Full Moon Party. Even before then, in the deepening twilight, Stellar Vista Observatory’s telescopes were trained on Saturn for […]

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