Stellar Vista Observatory hosts monthly star parties that are free and open to the public. Our goal is to create opportunities for families, friends, and individuals to learn together and marvel at the beauty of the night sky. Our passionate volunteer astronomers are on hand to guide you through a fascinating journey of discovery.

We always have telescopes and binoculars set up to help you get great views of the cosmos. If you own a telescope, feel free to arrive early and set it up. If you’d like to learn how to use your telescope more effectively, just let us know, and we will gladly assist you!

Not sure what to bring to the star party? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Upcoming Star Parties

DateDescriptionLocationStart Time*Backup Date
April 26, 2024Solar Science Experience (solar observation)Jacob Hamblin Park12pm
April 27, 2024Solar Science Experience – Celebrating Earth Day at the Park!Jacob Hamblin Park10am-1pm
May 3, 2024The constellation of Hercules returns to the sky while along the Zodiac, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, and Libra are all visible!Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park8:30pmMay 4, 2024
May 4, 2024Solar Science Experience (solar observation)Kanab City Library10am
May 10 & 11, 2024Learn the wise use of light at night and celebrate natural darkness at the 18th annual Amazing Earthfest. Observe the thin waxing crescent Moon inside the Winter Hexagon! Kanab City Library – May 10/Jackson Flat Reservoir – May 118:30pm
June 15, 2024Solar Science Experience (solar observation)Kanab City Library10am
June 21, 2024Celebrate the Summer Solstice with a Full Moon rising!Jackson Flat Reservoir9:00pm
June 22, 2024Solar Science Experience (solar observation)Kanab City Library10am
June 29, 2024For Early Risers! See a lovely alignment of Saturn, Neptune, the Moon, Mars & Jupiter along the ecliptic!Jackson Flat Reservoir4:30am to 6:00am
July 20, 2024Venus, Mercury and Regulus set while the full moon rises!Jackson Flat Reservoir8:30 pm
August 5, 2024For Early Risers! Mars, Jupiter and the red giant star Aldebaran form a lovely triangle in the morning sky!Jackson Flat Reservoir4:00am to 5:00am
August 9, 2025The Crescent Moon meets the alpha star Spika in Virgo, while Venus sets!Jackson Flat Reservoir8:30 pm
September 27, 2024The dazzling constellations of Scorpius and Sagittarius cradling the Butterfly and Ptolemy Clusters are the “stars” of the late summer sky while Saturn makes its return!Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park8:00pmSeptember 28, 2024
October 25, 2024Behold the Andromeda Galaxy, Saturn, and the Perseus Star Clusters from a lovely dark location!Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park7:30pmOctober 26, 2024
* All times are Utah time unless otherwise noted
** Events at the State Park carry a fee of $5/vehicle

If you would like to schedule a Night Sky Experience on a date other than our public star parties, click here to reserve a private Night Sky Experience.