Dec 5

SVO to finish its 2023 series of Monthly Star Parties during Geminids Meteor Shower!

Wednesday, December 13, 2023, is a special night for stargazing. That’s because its the best night to observe the Geminids Meteor Shower! Kanab’s nonprofit Stellar Vista Observatory will facilitate a memorable night sky experience by hosting our last free monthly public star party in our 2023 series from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. During that […]

Nov 7

Tribute to John Mosley

Weekly Sky Reports authored by John Mosley and distributed by Kanab’s Stellar Vista Observatory (SVO) for better than three years have provided a fascinating look forward for sky watchers throughout southern Utah as well as northern and central Arizona. Through his affiliation with SVO and beginning in April, 2020, authoritative weekly descriptions of the most […]

Oct 21

Sky Report: October 23 – 29

The southern half of the sky at Venus-rise on the 29th. The moon and Jupiter are just over 3° apart. The week begins with a wonderful conjunction – and conjunctions are always fun. As the sky is getting dark, look for the nearly-full moon a third of the way up the southwestern sky. On the […]

Oct 14

Sky Report: October 16 – 22

Image of Copernicus Crater, courtesy NASA Last week all eyes were on the sun. This is a good week to look at the moon. The first thing you’ll see is billions of craters, sights of impacts of asteroids and comets from the sky which blast out huge basins. The craters were formed when comets and […]

Sep 24

Sky Report: September 25 – October 1, 2023

This week we’re back to the planets. If you’re up before the sky gets too bright with the approaching dawn you can’t fail to marvel at Venus, the brilliant “morning star” well up in the east. Venus rises 3-1/3 hours before the sun so you can see it against a fully dark sky and then […]

Sep 18

Sky Report: September 18 – 24

If you are within this band the moon will be silhouetted in front of the sun on the morning of October 14 in an annular eclipse; if you’re near it the eclipse will be nearly total. From https://eclipsophile.com/ase2023/ This week I want to provide basic information about the near-total eclipse coming up in a few […]

Sep 11

2023 Southwest Astronomy Festival Comes to Kanab!

This week on September 15, 16 and 17, the National Park Service, in collaboration with community partners, invites everyone to experience the wonders of the stars at a wide range of activities in southwest Utah’s Washington, Kane and Iron Counties. Participating agencies, communities and organizations include Cedar Breaks National Monument, Zion National Park, Utah Department […]

Sep 11

A Star Party for Grandparents Day!

At this month’s free public star party, compliments of Kanab’s Stellar Vista Observatory, grandparents are invited to bring their grandchildren to Kanab City Library for a laser guided tour of the late summer constellations and a look at the stars, star clusters and even a few nebulae deep in our Milky Way galaxy! For this […]