"Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We're made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself."
We hope you were able to get out to an activity or two last night as part of the 1st Annual Southwest Astronomy Festival. If you missed it, or are ready for more astronomical fun, then you're in luck, the Festival continues tonight! Join us for the following events around Washington County happening today and tonight:
•Solar Party- The St. George Astronomy Group will host a solar viewing event with family crafts and activities from 1-4pm at the @stgeorgechildrensmuseum (86 S Main St St. George).
•Lighting Up the Night- Harun Mehmedinovic from the International Dark Sky Association (@idadarksky) will speak about the history of human observation of the stars, the origins and rise of light pollution, and the dark-sky movement at 6pm at the Public Lands Information Center (345 E Riverside Dr. St. George).
•Night Sky Photography Workshop- Alex Chamberlain (@alextchamberlain) explains how to plan for, properly expose, and artistically shoot moon, Milky Way, and nightscape photos. Indoor presentation begins at 7pm at the Public Lands Information Center (345 E Riverside Dr St. George) followed by an outdoor workshop at the Beaver Dam Wash Conservation Area.
•Dark Sky Drop In- Come by the @zionnps Zion Nature Center (off UT-9, Zion National Park) at 8:30pm for views of stars, planets, constellations and deep sky objects.
For the full schedule of events for the Southwest Astronomy Festival, visit our website (link in bio).
📸: NPS/ Todd Miller
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I had to earn this one. It took a 3-hour car ride over dirt roads followed by another 3 hours on a UTV down some very rocky and rutted roads to get here. This is near Kelly Point, overlooking some of the Grand Canyon's side canyons. It's a beautiful and isolated place, well worth the trouble it takes to get there.