Grand Canyon National Park is hosting its annual “Star Party” online this year. So, whatever your travel plans are, you can tune in for free to learn more about stargazing and watch Arizona’s starry night skies from the comfort of your home.
Every night this week, Grand Canyon National Park is airing two videos on its Facebook page. The first video will feature a guest speaker from the park’s Star Party Speaker Series. Ranging from historians to astronauts to professors, the speakers will give their presentations over a video conferencing feed. Since the speakers have such a distinct range of expertise, you’ll be able to learn about a diversity of space-related topics. You can backtrack the footsteps of the Apollo Astronauts to the floor of the Grand Canyon with a historian, and join an astrophysicist as she reveals the plans for the NASA James Webb Space Telescope. You can also join a course on astrophotography for newcomers, so you can learn how to take pictures of the night sky.
In the second video, astronomers will connect video cameras to their telescopes for the virtual star party. Over the course of an hour (or an hour and a half), the astronomers will pick out 10 to 12 celestial objects. If you have queries while you tune in to the videos, the speakers and astronomers in Arizona will fill the chatrooms during the premieres to engage with the viewers.
From June 13 to June 20, the first video will go live at 6 p.m. PDT, and the second video will premiere at 7 p.m. PDT. Find the complete schedule for Grand Canyon National Park’s Star Party here.