May 25

Stellar Vista Observatory Sky Report May 25 – May 31

M83 - Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

The sole planet in the evening sky is little Mercury – an elusive planet that most people have never seen. It’s hard to see because it orbits close to the sun, so it never strays far from the sun and it can be seen only shortly after sunset in the evening sky or shortly before […]

May 22

Stellar Vista Observatory Sky Report May 18 – May 24

M83 - Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

The weekly Sky Report alerts people to what can be seen in the night sky by simply stepping outdoors and looking up, perhaps with a pair of binoculars. This report is presented as a public service by the nonprofit Stellar Vista Observatory in Kanab, Utah, created to enhance appreciation, enjoyment and comprehension of the starry night […]

May 11

Stellar Vista Observatory Sky Report May 11 – May 17

M83 - Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

This is a series of weekly Sky Reports that alert people to what they can see in the night sky by simply stepping outdoors and looking up, perhaps with a pair of binoculars. The sky is always changing and a lot is happening if you know what to look for. All times are MDT. Venus […]

May 4

Stellar Vista Observatory Sky Report May 4 – May 10

M83 - Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

This is a series of weekly Sky Reports that alert people to what they can see in the night sky by simply stepping outdoors and looking up, perhaps with a pair of binoculars. The sky is always changing and a lot is happening if you know what to look for. All times are MDT. Venus […]

Apr 30

Stellar Vista Observatory Sky Report April 27 – May 3

M83 - Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

Image: M83 – Southern Pinwheel Galaxy shot by Dave Lane This is the second of a series of weekly Sky Reports that alert people to what they can see in the night sky by simply stepping outdoors and looking up, perhaps with a pair of binoculars. The sky is always changing and a lot is […]

Apr 19

Stellar Vista Observatory Sky Report April 20-26

Kanab Night Sky April 20-26

Image Courtesy of SkySafariAstronomy.com. The predawn sky at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, April 24. Most of the background stars are in Capricornus. The first “star” to appear after sunset tonight is the poetically named “Evening Star” – the planet Venus. Venus appears high in the southwest as the sky grows dark, and it outshines every […]

Apr 15

Stellar Vista Observatory Sky Report, April 13 – 19, 2020

M83 - Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

Image: M83 – Southern Pinwheel Galaxy shot by Dave Lane This is the first of a series of weekly Sky Reports that will alert people to what they can see in the night sky by simply stepping outdoors and looking up, perhaps with a pair of binoculars. The sky is always changing and a lot […]

Apr 3

Timely Inspiration from the Night Sky

Jupiter/Saturn/Mars Conjunction

While homebound communities, families and individuals ride out these turbulent times and medical professionals grapple with the 2020 viral pandemic, timely inspiration floats above us in star filled skies. The wonder of the night sky can easily be overlooked as we nestle inside searching for consolation from each other, keeping informed, monitoring our children’s education, […]

Feb 24

Star Party at Jackson Flat Reservoir – Feb. 23, 2020

GLORIOUS WINTER STARS ON SPECTACULAR DISPLAY (Delayed one day due to inclement weather) Stellar Vista Observatory launches the first monthly public star party of its 2020 series on Saturday, February 22 at the Jackson Flat Reservoir Boat Launch parking lot, beginning at 7:00 PM. All adults and children are invited to attend free of charge […]

Dec 23

City of Kanab Enacts Outdoor Lighting Ordinance to Preserve Starry Nights

Star Party

On June 26, 2018, by a 3-1 vote, the Kanab City Council enacted an outdoor lighting ordinance to protect the natural darkness that makes Kane County, Utah a great place to see stars. Residents of Kanab expressed elation on social media with comments like “Awesome!”, “Well done!”, and, “This is a win-win for everyone!” “Wow, […]