Heritage Starfest: Celebrating Dark Skies

Callista Pearson

Are you someone who enjoys dark nighttime skies? Celebrate the dark skies of Wayne County, Utah at the second annual Heritage Starfest, Friday September 30 through Saturday October 1, 2011. Heritage Starfest allows gazers the opportunity to view the night skies while encouraging preservation of the dark skies of the Colorado Plateau.

Heritage Starfest 2010 courtesy of Mark Bailey

Heritage Starfest 2010 courtesy of Mark Bailey

This is a free community sponsored event that will be held primarily at the Wayne County Community Center in Bicknell, Utah.  Starfest kicks off with family activities Friday evening once it gets dark: telescope viewing, constellation tours, and night sky walks. Saturday afternoon there will be opportunities to learn about astronomy and the importance of dark skies.  Saturday evening there will be stories around the campfire and, of course, more stargazing.

Heritage Starfest 2010 courtesy of Annette Lamb

Heritage Starfest 2010 courtesy of Annette Lamb

If you don’t have your own telescope you can register to use one set up by Starfest volunteers. Download a map to the event location and activities at the 2011 Heritage Starfest.

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