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Jul 17

The Moon, the Planets, and Bikes: Yikes!

The Moon, The Planets, and Bikes; Yikes! By Rich Csenge, president, Stellar Vista Observatory Weather update!! Unfortunately, long awaited monsoon rains are causing cancellation of this event. But we’re grateful for rainfall to even slightly ease what scientists say is the worst drought in 1,200 years for the Western US. When sky conditions improve, we’ll […]

May 26

Sky Watch: Possible Meteor Storm May 30th!

Here’s a link to read a well illustrated article in EarthSky about the meteor storm that could happen over North America this coming Monday night, between 10:45 PM and 11:20 PM, Mountain Daylight Time. https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/tau-herculid-meteors-may-intense-shower/ It’s a fascinating blend of history and science on meteors and this particular show, the Tau Herculids. A few active […]

May 15

Lunar Eclipse Update

Even though cloudiness appears to be increasing, SVO remains on track to host a lunar eclipse party as planned, beginning at 8:30 PM tonight in Kanab, at the Jackson Flat Reservoir boat launch parking area. Hopefully, we’ll be rewarded with good views of the spectacle in between the clouds. Totality occurs just after 10 PM. […]

May 12

Lunar Eclipse Star Party – May 15th in Kanab!

By Rich Csenge, President, Stellar Vista Observatory Have you ever seen a total eclipse of the moon? It’s a marvelous yet uncommon experience that everyone should aim to witness. For some, to view a total lunar eclipse through an astronomical telescope can elevate the experience to a treasured lifetime memory! A total lunar eclipse takes […]

Apr 17

The Perfect Stargazing Experience

Published in the 2022 Southern Utah Vacation Guide By Rich Csenge, President, Stellar Vista Observatory One measure of rural Utah’s outstanding quality of life is its clear night sky, glistening with thousands of stars and the Milky Way. In much of Southern Utah, starry nights punctuated by the moon and planets are as visible today […]

Mar 13

Kane County Utah: Your Destination for Stargazing!

President, Stellar Vista Observatory One measure of rural Utah’s outstanding quality of life is its clear night sky, glistening with thousands of stars and the Milky Way. In much of Southern Utah, starry nights punctuated by the moon and planets are as visible today as when Pioneers began settling the area. It’s an enviable source […]

Oct 24

SVO to Host Star Party for 2021 Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit – Wednesday, October 27

Stellar Vista Observatory will host this special event at no charge for attendees of the 2021 Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit at our “Zion View” Star Field in Kanab, Wednesday, October 27, beginning at 7:00 PM. Our Star Party includes a constellation tour plus telescopic viewing of southern Utah’s outstanding night sky. In addition to learning […]

Aug 31

Stellar Vista Observatory Hosting Two Star Parties for the 2021 Southwest Astronomy Festival

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 […]

Nov 30

Local students view Mercury Transit

Mercury Transit

This past Monday, local amateur astronomers set up solar filtered telescopes at several schools for students to observe the transit of the planet Mercury across the surface of the Sun. This incredible opportunity allowed students to experience the nature of science by witnessing an event in real time. Telescopes were set up at Valley High, […]


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