Astronomical Society for the 11th Annual Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival.
“With its renowned dark skies, astronomy is part of Bryce Canyon’s appeal for many visitors,” says Park Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh. “People nearby, and from all over the world, come to experience the stars,
made more brilliant by the exquisite dark sky backdrop. We hope that many visitors and nearby residents yet to experience the beauty of our night sky will take advantage
of the special opportunities and programs offered during the Astronomy Festival.”
This year’s festival will be held Wednesday, June 29 through Saturday, July 2. Ian Cheney, 2011 keynote speaker, will feature his presentation, "The City Dark."
With majestic HD time-lapse footage of the night sky, The City Dark poses questions about the human relationship to the night.
With more than half of the world’s population now living in cities, and the subsequent growth in lighting, the loss of the night sky
represents a profound shift in perspective—what changes in our own humanity when the earth grows too bright to see beyond?
And, do we need the dark?
To answer those questions and more, award-winning filmmaker Ian Cheney toured the globe filming the planet's best night skies,
as well as locations where the most acute loss of darkness has occurred. He has interviewed a variety of people who advocate
the protection of darkness for a host of reasons including cancer prevention, ecological health, and of course, astronomy.
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Join Ian for a behind-the-scenes look into the making of his latest film and for a pre-release screening of the film's most stunning photography and interviews of its most entertaining characters.
Ian Cheney’s program will be held on Friday, July 1, from 9:30pm-11:00 pm in Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill in Bryce Canyon City, Utah, adjacent to the park. Tickets are $2 per person and will be sold at the door. Following the indoor presentation, free stargazing with telescopes will be provided outside the building courtesy of the Salt Lake Astronomical Society and the “Dark
Rangers” of Bryce Canyon. The 2011 Astronomy Festival will also feature model rocket
building and launching workshops led daily by veteran rocketeer, Joel Allen from Denver, CO. Other afternoon workshops cover such topics as learning the night sky using
planispheres, learning about our sun and safely viewing it with solar telescopes, and guided walks along a scale model of
our solar system. In the evenings, join the “Dark Rangers” and other guest speakers for presentations on topics related to
astronomy and nocturnal animals, before venturing out into the night to stargaze under Bryce Canyon's famous dark skies.
Thanks to the Salt Lake Astronomical Society, over 50 telescopes will be available for public viewing of the universe
after the nightly presentations.
Throughout the festival, the Bryce Canyon
Shuttle will provide free transportation to and from program venues within the park. Additionally, free shuttles will travel between Bryce Canyon City to
Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill Arena for those attending Ian Cheney’ s program on Friday night. Contact the Shuttle
Boarding Area at Ruby’s Inn for information (435-834-5290).