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Astronomy in the Park
The Rangers (of Red Rock Canyon, Spring Mountain Ranch, Lake Mead, and the Desert Wildlife Refuge) and the Las Vegas Astronomical Society invite you to join us for "Astronomy in the Park". The LVAS tries to host Astronomy in the Park public stargazing events every month, except the month of December. These events are held at the local State and National Parks around the Las Vegas Area. Venues include Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, the National Desert Wildlife Refuge and sometimes the new Spring Mountains Visitors Center and local parks in the Valley.
A typical "Astronomy in the Park" evening begins with an astronomical presentation (when presentation facilities are available) followed by viewing of the night sky through the telescopes of the LVAS members (weather permitting). A laser-guided tour of the night sky, "What's Up Tonight" will normally begin about an hour after sunset. Come study the Moon, observe the planets, and look back hundreds and even millions of years into the ancient past of the Universe as we gaze upon galaxies, nebulae, and other wonders of the night sky. Our events are suitable for all ages. Special video-assisted systems are often available to provide an enjoyable evening of stargazing for children and old adults that may have difficulty viewing at the eyepiece of a telescope, everyone is welcome to attend.
Important Note for Events at Red Rock Canyon Visitors Center: Try to be in the park before Sunset. Rangers will close the entrance gates at Sunset. DO NOT ENTER THE PARK THROUGH THE EXIT GATE - There is s substantial fine if you are caught entering at the exit. If you arrive after the gates are closed, just park outside the park and walk up to the Visitors Center. See below for map to the Visitors Center.
For events at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park: Because of increased attendance at Astronomy in the Park events held at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, the Park Rangers are manning the gates throughout the evening. Enter only through the entry gate - DO NOT ENTER THROUGH THE EXIT GATE. The General Public should park in the large parking area that is used for the Super Summer Theater and then walk down to the observing venue in the Group Use Area that is adjacent to the grassy area where the Super Summer Theater plays take place.
Important: Due to large attendance at recent events, we encourage you to arrive early. Once park capacity is reached, Rangers will close the gates and restrict any further visitor entrance.
Note for Guests with Dogs/Pets: Although the Parks allows dogs/pets, we encourage you to leave your pets at home for these public events. Some guests are not comfortable around dogs, especially large breeds. Also, the observing areas are normally not well lighted to protect everyone's night vision. As such, dogs/pets, especially small ones, are difficult to see in the dark and may be stepped on or they may trip other guests. Pets brought to Astronomy in the Park events must be kept on a short leash (six feet or less) and must be kept away from any telescope equipment. Pet owners are responsbile for any damage done by their pet to any equipment or property at one of our public events.
Below is a list of tentative public events and the venues at which they are currently scheduled to occur.
2017 Tentative Schedule
|January||Jan 7||Neon Museum||Stars and Stardust|
|February||Feb 4||Boulder Beach Amphitheater||Winter Celestial Wonders|
|March||Mar 4||Red Rock Canyon||Galaxies|
|April||Apr 1||Spring Mountain Ranch State Park||Spring Stargazing|
|April||Apr 29||Red Rock Canyon Visitors Center||International Astronomy Day|
|June||Jun 24||Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway (Mt Charleston)||Astronomy on the Mountain|
|July||Jul 29||Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway (Mt Charleston)||Astronomy on the Mountain|
|August||Aug 26||Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center||Jupiter and Saturn|
|December||No Event This month|