WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE
Stargazing Zion is pleased to host you, family, and friends for an entertaining evening of stargazing and astronomy on a field adjacent to the newly dedicated International Dark Sky Park, Zion National Park. Located about 10 miles up Kolob Terrace Rd on the western boundary of Zion, the estimated sky quality (SQM) of this location is 21.70.
Starting with a brief 10-minute walk to our dark sky location, our guides will then familiarize you with the night sky as astronomical twilight begins to set. Each guest lounges in their own zero-gravity pod. These pods conform to your body, eliminating pressure points to make it comfortable and easy to view the star-filled sky. Each guest also has a pair of Celestron Outland X Binoculars to view the sky and a blanket to keep warm.
Our astronomy guides will present a 120-minute program that includes state-of-the-art telescopes (Celestron, Sky-Watcher, Unistellar eVscope, Explore Scientific) and laser pointers to guide you around the constellations and objects of the night sky. Our guides are experienced and knowledgeable and provide you with an entertaining and scholastic experience, with stories about ancient civilizations, the history of astronomy, and the evolution of the Cosmos.
We also provide guests an up-close view of celestial objects (galaxies, nebulae, clusters) through our powerful telescopes. These telescopes are operated with a keypad and are as easy to use as sending a text. Telescopes are pre-programmed with our object list for the night. Pressing one button on the keypad moves the telescope to the next object.
We regularly view the following types and classes of objects: Galaxies, Nebulae, Star Clusters, Double and Binary Stars, Planets, Earth’s Moon, and more. Depending on timing, the International Space Station (ISS) and Starlink trains can be seen passing overhead.
* Note: Not all objects are visible every night. Images on the website are professional or NASA images and are for illustration purposes only.
Planning for Your Tour
Preparing for your stargazing tour is key to having an enjoyable encounter with the Cosmos. While here on Earth chaos can ensue, we do our best to help you smoothly plan for our 2-hour program. Please be sure to read through our FAQ page for details.
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