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Free Friday Stargazing/Planetarium Programs!

Thanks to the generous support of people like you Wyoming Stargazing is offering even more FREE, year-round public stargazing/planetarium programs. In the past we’ve had to cancel many of these programs becasue of bad weather, but not anymore! Now, we have the The Dark Sky Pavilion that was designed by local artist Natalie Clark and designer Jakub Galczynski and funded by Natalie Clark, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, and the Center of Wonder. The Dark Sky Pavilion allows us to almost NEVER cancel any more public programs.
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1,000th Astronomy Program

Earlier this week our Executive Director, Dr. Samuel Singer, led Wyoming Stargazing’s 1,000th astronomy program since our very first program in March of 2014. We’ve come a long way since that first, cold, winter night at the Stilson Parking Lot. We’d like to thank everyone who has helped us along the way from folks who volunteered at just one event and to the folks that keep coming back time after time, to our amazing donors and board of directors, to the more than 20,000 people who have attended our programs, to our staff both past and present, to the concierge who help us book stargazing programs, to the people who believed in us from the very beginning and selflessly gave up their time to help us, and to the amazing community organizations that supported us over the last few years which include, but are not limited to: The Center of Wonder, The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, the Center for the Arts, pARTners, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy, 1% for the Tetons, The Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board, the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium, Quiznos, the Whole Grocer, Lucky’s, Elevated Grounds, Teton County Park and Recreation, and others.
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100 Days Until Totality! 46 Days Left – How is Grand Teton National Park Preparing?

Grand Teton National Park is anticipating its busiest day ever on August 21st, 2017. Usually, patrons of the park are permitted to park on the side of the road to observe wildlife and the mountain vista views. For the eclipse, the park is prohibiting roadside parking for the safety of its visitors. The shoulders need to stay open for park rangers and emergency vehicles to respond to emergencies. In exchange, GTNP will be designating viewing areas, complete with Park Rangers and port-a-potties.
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100 Days Until Totality! 47 Days Left – How is the Town of Jackson Preparing?

This August, an unprecedented number of people will observe the Total Solar Eclipse. The last time the United States observed totality was on March 7, 1970, and it was only visible from a few states on the East Coast. Millions of people live in the path of totality of this year’s eclipse, and the entire population of the 48 continental states will observe a partial eclipse on August 21st. With so many people wanting to observe the eclipse, how are the towns in the path of totality preparing?
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100 Days Until Totality! 50 Days Left – Photography Part 3: To Get the Shot with the Grand Teton

Want to capture the eclipse and the Grand Teton in the same frame? It’s going to be tough, considering the Sun will be at an elevation of 50° above the horizon. With a wide enough angle lens, there are a few spots you can capture the Grand Teton in the same frame as the eclipse. One of the spots is at Lake Solitude. The hike to the lake is arduous, being 8 miles one way with 2,982 feet of vertical gain.
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100 Days Until Totality! 52 Days Left – Photography Part 1: To Watch or to Shoot?

Over the next three days we’ll be doing a three part series on photographing the Solar Eclipse!

Even for the experienced photographer, shooting a Total Solar Eclipse is a challenge. It takes months of practicing and perfecting the steps to make sure you get the perfect shot. If you’ve never experienced a Total Solar Eclipse before, it might be a good idea to just enjoy the event, and wait for the next eclipse to perfect your photography skills!
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