Sep 15

Preview the Winter Constellations!

By Rich Csenge, president, Stellar Vista Observatory On Tuesday, September 20th at the Jackson Flat Reservoir boat launch parking area, Stellar Vista Observatory (SVO) will hold an outdoor activity specially designed for the early bird who enjoys getting outside on a cool September morning. Several telescopes will be set up and bathroom facilities are available. […]

Aug 20

Stellar Vista Observatory Holds Public Star Party for 3rd Annual Southwest Astronomy Festival

by Rich Csenge Just as the forecast for clearing skies begins to replace the summer monsoon, Kanab’s nonprofit Stellar Vista Observatory (SVO) will hold a free public star party at Jackson Flat Reservoir boat launch parking area Friday evening, August 26, from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM. It’s only one of numerous public observing events […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Oct 9

You Can’t Truly Understand a Light Year

Star Trails

The dry desert air cools as the sun sets from behind while driving east toward Kanab along 389. Ahead, the steps of the Grand Staircase can be seen ascending from the depths of the Grand Canyon upward toward the sky spires of Bryce Canyon. The occasional car or SUV is passed, pulled over, flashers on, […]

Aug 1

Kanab Library Star Party a Hit!

Star Party

On Monday night, 7/29, families with children and residents of all ages turned out in numbers to see planets and distant sky objects through telescopes in the back parking lot of the Kanab City Library. The City of Kanab graciously agreed to turn off outdoor lighting at the skate park and basketball field for the […]