After You Stargaze in Wyoming…

After You Stargaze in Wyoming…

Once you get hooked on stargazing by looking through one of our huge telescopes in Jackson Hole and you’re planning on another adventure somewhere out West here are a couple places to check out the night sky with seasoned professionals.

In the Aspen area in Colorado you can join Star Party LLC.

In Bozeman, Montana you can join In Focus Astronomy


Huge Success!

The first installment of our World Above the Tetons Science Speaker Series was a huge success with over 250 attending! A huge thanks to our sponsors, to everyone who showed up, and to Astronaut Scott for a wonderful presentation. We’ve just as excited about the next event featuring Jill Tarter, co-founder of Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), on Saturday September 29th at 7pm at Walk Festival Hall. Tickets are on sale here (KIDS and students are FREE!)

Dark Sky Pavilion at Eco Fair this Saturday, May 12th

Come on down to the Eco Fair at Phil Baux Park (base of Snow King Mountain this Saturday) from 12pm-5pm to check out the Dark Sky Pavilion and some digital full dome movies inside our planetarium. We’ll be powering the Dark Sky Pavilion and the planetarium using Creative Energies solar trailer. Let’s hope for sunshine!

FREE for everyone!

100 Days Until Totality! 37 Days Left – Public Eclipse Events

In need of more solar stoke? If you’re hoping to become an eclipse expert, or sticking around for the big day, get involved with the following public eclipse presentations, expert talks, and public pop-ups.

1. Meet Wyoming Stargazing’s Executive Director THIS WEEK. Samuel Singer, PhD. will be offering a presentation on the Solar Eclipse on Monday, 7/17. Get psyched about the eclipse and learn just how lucky we are for the opportunity: link

2. If you are still amped for eclipse knowledge, the town of Jackson has presentations from knowledgeable speakers leading up to eclipse day: link

3. Immerse yourself in the night sky and peak through our telescopes for free! Wyoming Stargazing will be offering our Free Public Stargazing Program at Rendezvous Park on August 18th, 9pm- 11pm before the eclipse: link

4. Free Coffee and Solar Scope viewing! Meet up with us for solar telescopes and free coffee August 19th at the Jackson Hole Farmer’s Market on the Jackson Town Square from 8am-1pm.

Peek through Wyoming Stargazing’s scopes for free on Friday nights in Rendezvous Park!

5. GRAND FINALE! Be there at the Base of Snow King on August 21st for eclipse day! We’ll be out with our telescopes and our intelligent Stargazing Leaders as we view the main event of the summer: link

100 Days Until Totality! 38 Days Left – Private Eclipse Events

Ready to make the most out of your eclipse experience? The ultimate eclipse parties, gatherings, and meet and greets are lined up here for you! Take a look at the following local events that will make your eclipse expectations extra stellar.

1. Pre-Eclipse Party with a NASA Astronaut! Wyoming Stargazing presents a unique nighttime opportunity for a meet and greet with NASA Astronaut Scott Altman, as well as a presentation by author and astrobiologist, Dr. David Grinspoon. Bring books, posters, and whatever you need signed by these two incredibly intelligent representatives! Food and wine will also be provided as we wait to wander underneath the stars and see what Wyoming Stargazing has in store for the future of our mission.: link

Pre-Eclipse Party
Tickets are selling out fast! Check the link to reserve your spot for our Pre-Eclipse Party

2. Ride the Tram in Teton Village to see the eclipse. Most tickets have already been sold out, but word is that more tickets are on their way. Keep checking back frequently to snag your tickets to the top of Rendezvous Park: link

3. Camp out and bask in the glory of the Tetons at the Grand Targhee Resort. With the Grand Teton Mountain range in full view, it’s easily an incredibly beautiful and inspiring spot to catch the eclipse!: link

4. Waitlist your party for Wyoming Stargazing’s Eclipse viewing at the summit of Snow King Mountain! Don’t worry, there’s still a chance to join us at the summit of Snow King for the day of viewing! Check on the link to be added to the waitlist: link

5. Solar Sky Party at Spring Creek Ranch Resort! Wyoming Stargazing has partnered with Spring Creek Ranch to offer a phenomenal chance to view the eclipse complete with brunch, open hilltop views, and an on-sight presentation from a Wyoming Stargazing Astronomer. Snag your tickets before they are gone: link

Spring Creek Ranch will provide a beautiful mountain view of the eclipse!

“100 Days Until the Eclipse” Blog Series and Eclipse Fundraising Events

We are 5 months out today from the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st! If you haven’t already been able to attend one of the public eclipse presentations offered by our Executive Director Dr. Samuel Singer, please check our events calendar for more eclipse presentations scheduled over the next several months.

Beginning on May 13th, Wyoming Stargazing will launch our 100 Days Until the Eclipse blog series. Each day we’ll give you a piece of scientific, historical, logistical, or just fun information about the eclipse. We’ll also air a weekly summary of that information on KHOL, one of Jackson’s local radio stations.

Wyoming Stargazing will be hosting two special fundraising events during the weekend of the Total Solar Eclipse on the Summit of Snow King Mountain. The first event will take place on the evening of Saturday, August 19th before the eclipse. The second event will be on the morning of the eclipse Monday, August 21st.

We have some amazing presenters lined-up for the events including NASA astronaut Scott Altman, astrobiologist and author David Grinspoon, and supernovae expert Prof. Douglas Leonard. We’ll have catered food from Rendezvous Bistro, drinks, music, and of course lots and lots of telescopes for stargazing on Saturday night and for watching the eclipse on Monday. The summit of Snow King is an amazing stargazing location! We’ll show you Jupiter, Saturn, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies like you’ve never seen them before. The Summit also provides one of the best and most accessible vantage points in Jackson Hole to watch the eclipse because you’ll get to see the shadow of the Moon racing across the entire valley just before and after the moments of totality. Tickets for these two events also include chairlift rides up and down the mountain, exclusive parking at the base of Snow King Mountain or a shuttle ride from your hotel, as well as rides on the Alpine Slide and the Mountain Coaster!

Because of logistical and space limitations we are capping each event at 250 people. The first 200 tickets for the event on Monday have already been snatched up. The remaining tickets are on sale now!

Get Your Tickets Today!

Please click on the links below to purchase tickets before we are sold out. You are also welcome to call us at 1-844-996-7827 (1-844-WYO-STAR) with any questions or to buy tickets over the phone to avoid the online booking fee.

Pre-Eclipse Stargazing Party and Fundraiser: Saturday and Sunday, August 19th and 20th, 7pm-11pm

Total Solar Eclipse Fundraising Event: Monday, August 21st 8am-1pm

Winter Solstice Party at R-Park

December 21st, the Winter Solstice, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year when, often considered the “extreme of winter.” Worldwide, interpretation of the event varies across cultures. Many come together to recognize rebirth involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals, and more.

In Jackson Hole, annual festivities are held at Rendezvous Park. Bring your family and friends anytime between from 5–8 pm. It will be a magical night not to miss! Please RSVP to Park Director Elisabeth Rohrbach at elisabeth@rpark.org or (307) 733-3913.

This year, Cathedral Voices Choir will sing carols around a bonfire and Wyoming Stargazing will show you the planets up close with their telescopes. Jackson Hole Public Art will create art installations with fire that provide light and warmth. There will also be warm drinks, chili, and of course sledding!

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, RLC’s work is made possible thanks to support and donations. It would be a pleasure to share more information about our work. Please contact us with any questions.

Donations can be made by check and sent via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or by credit card online. For up-to-date information visit our blog and sign-up for our monthly eNewsletter.

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Join Us for a Party with the Perseids

Perseid Meteor Shower

Both town and county voted in our revised LDRs! We’re now one step closer to becoming a Dark Sky Certified community! Look for a future blog post to see what that means and what the next steps are.

But in the meantime, it’s time for a celebration!

Party with the Perseids!

When: Thursday, August 11th, 8pm – late
Where: Rendezvous Park (R-Park)

Rendezvous Land Conservancy and Wyoming Stargazing are teaming up this August to offer you an extraordinary free public event filled with great food, drinks, live music, games, and of course stargazing. Come on out to R-Park for some fun, family-friendly time and stick around for one of the best meteor showers of the year…the Perseids!

Pica’s will be providing chips, salsa, guacamole, quesadillas, and half-priced margaritas!

Elevated Grounds will be providing hot chocolate and coffee!

Snake River Brewery will be there too with their classic beers!

Elevated Grounds
Pica's Mexican Taqueria
Snake River Brewery

We’ll have Rob and Tasha to serenade you as the sun goes down and plenty of yard games to pass the time. As the stars come out we’ll have several telescopes set up around R-Park to show you the cloud bands of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, and possibly even the polar ice caps of Mars. We’ll also show you incredible details on the waxing gibbous moon. Later on we’ll show you star clusters, nebulae, and of course a few galaxies. We should begin seeing the first meteors of the evening as the sky darkens at about 9pm. We’ll see more meteors as the evening progresses. And if you stick around until after the Moon sets at about 12:30am, then the real Perseid Meteor shower begins and it’s one of the best meteor showers of the year.

About This Year’s Perseid Meteor Shower

This year, even with the Moon, we should be able to see about 1 meteor/min. Most of them will appear to radiate from the NE part of the sky near the constellation Perseus, but others will appear in other parts of the sky. This meteor shower, like all meteor shows, is produced by the Earth moving through a debris field in space left there by a comet. In this case, it’s comet Swift-Tuttle that was discovered in 1862.

Please bring a lawn chair and/or blanket to help you enjoy the evening, the food, the drinks, the games, and the meteors!

No need to RSVP – Just show up and join in on the fun!

Another Blood Moon This Month

When will it happen?

September 27th at approximately 8pm will mark the fourth and final blood moon in a series of a four across a quick, two-year span. The three previous occurred on April 15 2014, October 8 2014, and April 4, 2015.

Lunar Eclipse Diagram

Geometry of a Lunar Eclipse” by Sagredo – Own work, images of Earth and Moon derived from NASA images. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

What is a lunar eclipse and why is the Moon going to turn red?

As you probably know, the Earth orbits around the Sun, and the Moon orbits around the Earth. You might already know that when the Moon is full it is positioned on the opposite side of the Earth with respect to the Sun (as seen in the image to the right). Even though that alignment happens every month, we don’t get a lunar eclipse every month. That is because the plane of the orbit of the Moon is tilted by about 5 degrees to the plane of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun.  However, when the Moon is in its full phase and it lines up with the orbital plane of the Earth, the Moon passes into the small, cone-shaped shadow (umbra) cast by the Earth from the light of the Sun. That’s a lunar eclipse. As the shadow of the Earth creeps across the Moon the Moon begins to darken. Then, as the Moon is fully eclipsed it turns red. That happens because the red light from the Sun is able to pass through the atmosphere of the Earth whereas the other colors of light from the Sun are scattered by the Earth’s atmosphere.

During totality, the moon is passing through the umbra at a whopping one kilometer per second. That’s 2,300 mph! And still, totality of the eclipse can last up to 107 minutes.

Will Wyoming Stargazing Have a Program Anywhere?

Yes, we’ll be set up with our telescopes on the lawn next to the Center for the Arts at 8pm on September 27th.

Is the World Really Going to End?

Some of you may have noticed that thanks to the unique nature of the astronomical event, some alarmist groups (possibly desperate for attention) are claiming that this will mark the end of the world. Despite their best claims and whatever arguments they have managed to make viral on social media, the world is, in fact, quite safe from any destruction from this event.

Solar Astronomy at Children’s Museum this Sunday

This Sunday, March 1st, at 11am, Wyoming Stargazing will be offering a free solar astronomy program outside the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum. Please join us to check out sunspots and solar flares through our high tech solar telescopes.