Private Stargazing

Explore the Cosmos in Grand Teton National Park in an intimate setting with just your private group and our knowledgeable Stargazing Leaders (and maybe a howling coyote or two).

Compared to our multi-group stargazing programs where we combine groups together up to 13 people, Private Stargazing Programs give all the attention from our enthusiastic Stargazing Leaders directly to you, your family and friends. There will be virtually no wait time to look through our telescopes, which means that during the evening we’ll be able to show you the maximum number of extraordinary objects in the sparkling night sky!

All year long we offer exclusive Private Stargazing Programs in remote dark sky locations within Grand Teton National Park for just your group of family and friends. We’ll set up one of our telescopes to show you planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and more. We’ll also have plenty of iPads ready with the StarWalk app on them so you can continue exploring the heavens while the rest of your group is entranced through the telescopes. You’ll leave our programs with a new understanding of the Cosmos and a cosmic sized helping of SOUP (Sense of Universal Place).

In the event of inclement weather, we do our best to re-book your program for another night. Please consider booking your program early in your trip so that in the event of a weather issue you have the chance to stargaze another night.

We also have the Cosmic SOUP Tour option. You can opt-in to do the Cosmic SOUP Tour at a 15% reduced price of the normal Cosmic SOUP cost of $175/person if we can’t stargaze because of bad weather. Click the link above to learn more.

**Please Note** Only Wyoming Stargazing will determine if the program will be canceled due to weather. Participants are not allowed to cancel “because of the weather” if the program is scheduled to run. In the event that we have to cancel the stargazing program because of bad weather there is no charge (except for the 6% nonrefundable online booking fee if you booked yourself online). Wyoming Stargazing WILL offer partial refunds if some of the objects that we want to show you get blocked by the clouds. Wyoming Stargazing WILL charge the full amount of the program if the customer decides to cancel within 48 hours of the scheduled start time of the program. Wyoming Stargazing WILL charge a 5% administration fee if the customer decides to cancel or rebook after booking the program.

Trip Highlights

Big Telescopes

We’ll have a telescope with a big mirror for your stargazing program. That means you’ll get to have the light from galaxies millions of light years away actually hit your eye! Some newer, fancier telescopes can show you colored pictures of deep space objects, but they don’t allow light to actually hit your eye.

Dark Skies

Jackson Hole, the valley where the town of Jackson resides, is mostly protected, undeveloped public land. That means there is relatively little light pollution. Combine that with our high elevation and arid climate and have a great recipe for seeing thousands of stars on moonless nights, the arms of the Milky Way Galaxy and so much more.

Stargazing Leaders

Wyoming Stargazing employs knowledgeable and enthusiastic astronomy educators for our Stargazing Leaders. That means they not only have a huge amount of knowledge of the night sky, but are also very good at explaining the complicated details about what you are looking at.

  • Experienced, passionate, and knowledgeable Stargazing Leaders
  • Hotel pick-up from 7:30pm-9:30pm (depending on the season)
  • 30-60 min. drive to and from one of the darkest stargazing locations possible in Jackson Hole
  • 2 full hours of telescope time shared with just your group
  • Camping chairs and blankets
  • Use of an iPad with the StarWalk app to explore the sky digitally
  • Answers to all your burning questions about the Universe
  • Awe-inspiring and educational stargazing program for all ages
  • Some Cosmic SOUP (Sense of Universal Place)

We encourage you to book your stargazing program at the beginning of your trip. That way, if we need to reschedule because of bad weather, we have a better opportunity to do so.

Feel free to give us a call at 1-844-WYO-STAR (1-844-996-7827) to book your program and avoid the 6% online booking fee.

Wyoming Stargazing is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The proceeds from our private stargazing programs are used to increase access to STEM education and to promote dark night sky conservation.

Some Other Things to Consider

“Hubble Envy” is the expectation of seeing exquisite, colorful images through our telescopes like those taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Only with 100s of hours of exposure time with sophisticated cameras can astronomers produce the amazing colorful pictures that you see in magazines. One of our Board Members produces those images with his personal observatory. There are also some new telescopes with build in cameras that project colored pictures. Our telescope DON’T do that.

What our telescopes can do is capture enough light from objects thousands to millions of light years away so that you can see those objects. However, because of the immense distances from those objects, they will appear as little white fuzzy spots through the telescope. We think it’s pretty cool to have photons (light particles) from distant galaxies actually hit your eye through the eyepiece of the telescope. Then, after traveling for millions of years, those photos are converted into electrical signals and become part of your brain!

We want to give you that experience. We have made a conscious choice to use telescopes that provide the best views for a wide array of objects including planets, stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, and more. Some other telescopes are better for some of those objects, but our telescopes tow the line on being good at providing views of all of them. You are always welcome to call us 844-996-7827 and chat about the program before signing up online.

The weather in Jackson during the summer time is more predictable than during the winter. During the summer, we typically get afternoon thunderstorms and cloudy afternoon weather. As the sky begins to get dark and the temperature begins to drop the clouds almost always dissipate, leaving incredibly clear skies for stargazing. Even if it’s still cloudy at 9pm there is a very good chance that by 10pm the skies will be perfectly clear. In the winter, the weather is less predictable. We get about 70% of our annual precipitation in the form of snow. The storms will come in when they will.

Despite a certain level of predictability, there is really no way to know what the weather will be more than a few hours before the start time of your program. We make all weather decisions at 7pm. We’ll make the best determination on whether we should run your program or not based on as much data as possible. We want you to have a great time with us so we won’t send you out there unless we think it’s going to be worth your time and money. We do not allow guests to re-book for weather before that deadline. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Please also keep in mind that the phase of the Moon changes the overall brightness of the night sky. During the week preceding the Full Moon some of the more distant objects that we look at get washed out by the brightness of the Moon. The Moon is amazing to see through the telescope and it’s an amazing experience stargazing under the Full Moon, but you won’t get to see the arms of the Milky Way Galaxy or much detail in deep space objects if your stargazing program occurs five days before the Full Moon and two days after it.

The heat of the summer days we have here in Jackson can be deceiving – the temperature can drop down to below 40°F at night. Please remember to dress warmly! In the summer you should wear long pants, a warm jacket, closed toed shoes with thick socks, and a hat. In the winter you should dress like you’re going skiing.

Our large telescopes require the use of a ladder to observe. Please contact us if you or anyone in your party cannot use a ladder so that we may accommodate your specific needs.

If you have any special needs, such as ending the program early, we strongly recommend that you book a private stargazing program so that we can accommodate you to the best of our ability.

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