Great Basin National Park presents its annual three-day Astronomy Festival September 18-20, 2014. The park’s night skies—often called the darkest in the lower 48 states—attract dozens of professional and amateur astronomers to this annual
event, which features 30 to 40 telescopes set up for public use. The daytime line-up includes astronomy-themed presentations, tours through the park’s famed Lehman Caves, and hikes through bristlecone pines to alpine forests. As the sky darkens on the first night of the festival, park employees plan to perform astronomy-themed music, readings, and skits at the popular and entertaining ranger talent show. On the following night, a keynote speaker is scheduled to address attendees.
For the complete schedule of Astronomy Festival events, check out the Great Basin National Park website.