Stargazing at Star Party 2022

Visitors to Grand Canyon National Park will have the opportunity to see striking views of countless stars, constellations and planets and learn more about the night sky at the 32nd Annual Star Party.

The Star Party returns in person June 18-25, 2022, after going live last year due to the pandemic. Activities sponsored by the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association and the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix will take place on the South and North Rims.

Star Party activities are included in the park entrance fee, which is $35 per vehicle, valid for seven days.

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Grand Canyon Star Party 2022: What to expect

The Star Party will take place on both rims for eight days. Events include evening programming that begins at 8 p.m., constellation talks, telescope viewing with over 60 telescopes, and photography workshops.

For eight days each June, park visitors and residents explore the wonders of the night sky on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park with the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association and on the North Rim with the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix.

Telescope viewing on the South Rim begins at sunset behind the Visitor Center. Best viewing will be after 9pm. At the North Rim, telescopes will be set up nightly on the porch of the Grand Canyon Lodge.

Dress warmly as temperatures drop quickly after sunset, even in summer. The telescopes will be dismantled after 11 p.m.

More than 12,000 visitors are expected over the eight days, according to Grand Canyon Night Sky Park ranger Rader Lane. Lane suggests visitors bring red flashlights instead of white for a better experience after dark.

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