ALCON 2011 & Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival
Peering at the sun, photo: National Park Service

The Salt Lake Astronomical Society (SLAS), a Night Sky Network club, along with Bryce Canyon National Park welcomes stargazers to the 11th Annual Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival June 29-July 2, 2011. SLAS will provide huge telescopes and will lead constellation tours with Dark Ragers. Whether you're a newbie or a more experienced stargazer, the festival will blow your socks off because it's at one of the darkest places in the world.

"Bryce Canyon is the ultimate place to learn about and enjoy the splendor of the night sky in its pristine glory. Far from the light pollution of civilization, and protected by a special force of park rangers and volunteer astronomers known as "The Dark Rangers," Bryce Canyon is the last grand sanctuary of natural darkness. The night sky at Bryce is so dark we can see 7500 stars on a moonless night! Here, Venus will cause you to cast a shadow!"*

SLAS is also partnering with the Astronomical League and Bryce Canyon National Park which is happening at the same time as ALCON 2011, the Astronomical League's Conference, being held at which will be chock full of great speakers and presentations. Speakers will talk on solar observing techniques, the Dark Wars, improving your observing techniques, and meteor observing. Two other Night Sky Network clubs will be there in addition to SLAS, Longmont Astronomical Society & River Bend Astronomy. The editors of Astronomy Magazine and Sky and Telescope will be there, as will a whole host of speakers you won't want to miss.

The Astronomical League is also sponsoring free astronomy workshops for Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts to get their astronomy requirements at Bryce Canyon. What an adventure!

There are over 350 NASA Night Sky Network clubs across the nation. Find one in your area.

*See Astronomy & Night Sky Programs for a full list of year-round astronomy programs at Bryce Canyon.