Programs and Special Events

Programs and Special Events

2018

December 21 — Ketchum Town Square (Ketchum), 3:30 pm – 8 pm, Winter Solstice Soiree: 2 Planetarium shows at City Hall (3:30 and 4:30 – reservations necessary, planetarium seats 22 email participate@ketchumidaho.org or call 727-5077)

Learn more at Visit Sun Valley.

November 28 — Konditorei Restaurant (Sun Valley), 6 pm – 7 pm, Sun Valley Coffee Talk: Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve 

www.idahoconservation.org/events

Celestial Events and programs

The year ahead offers many heavenly delights for sky-watchers, including new moons, meteor showers and great views of several planets. The CIDSR will offer an exceptional view of these upcoming celestials events.

Celestial Events for 2018-2019

New Moon (night sky is darkest)

Dec 7, Jan 6, Feb 4, Mar 6, Apr 5

Other events:

December 13-14 — Geminids Meteor Shower. Producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

December 15 — Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise.

December 21 — December Solstice.

January 3–4 — Quadrantids Meteor Shower (40 meteors per hour at its peak). Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Bootes, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

January 6 — Venus at Greatest Western Elongation. This is the best time to view Venus since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the bright planet in the eastern sky before sunrise.

January 21 — Total Lunar Eclipse. The eclipse will occur during a Full, Supermoon.

January 22 — Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. The two bright planets will be visible within 2.4 degrees of each other in the early morning sky. Look for this impressive sight in the east just before sunrise.

February 19 — Full Moon, Supermoon.

February 27 — Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset.

March 20 — March Equinox. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world.

March 21 — Full Moon, Supermoon.

April 11 — Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation.  This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise.

April 22-23 — Lyrids Meteor Shower (20 meteors per hour). Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

For more information about upcoming celestial events, follow this link: http://www.seasky.org

Educational Partners

Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association (SIHA), Stanley

Forum and Lecture Series

SIHA will feature two Dark Sky programs as part of their 2018 Forum & Lecture Series at the Stanley Museum. They will also be hosting night sky viewing parties at the Museum around the New Moon phases each month throughout the summer.  Contact SIHA at for more information about programs at Redfish Visitor Center or the Stanley Museum.  www.discoversawtooth.org

July 6 — Stanley Museum, 5 pm: The Scorpion, the Archer and the Swan: Stars of the Summer Milky Way with Tim Frazier

July 27 — Stanley Museum, 5 pm: Dark Sky Photography with Nils Ribi

 

 

Sawtooth Botanical Garden, Ketchum

Astronomy in the Garden

Dr. Tim Frazier, local astronomy buff and president of the Magic Valley Astronomical Society, will offer 4 nights of lectures and night sky viewing in 2018. Contact the Sawtooth Botanical Garden for program times and registration.  www.sbgarden.org

January 23 (Tuesday ) — Finding your way with telescopes, binoculars and spotting scopes

May 22 (Tuesday ) — Shoot the night sky with your camera or cell phone

August 12 (Sunday) — Family night at Croy Canyon

November 13 (Tuesday ) —  Winter Constellations: The Horse, the Maiden and the Queen

Additional Dark Sky and Astronomical Resources in the Surrounding Area

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve and International Dark Sky Park

https://www.nps.gov/crmo/index.htm

Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park Observatory

https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/bruneau-dunes

Herrett Center – College of Southern Idaho Centennial Observatory and Faulkner Planetarium

http://herrett.csi.edu/astronomy/observatory/index.asp

 

Local Astronomy Clubs and Societies

Boise Astronomical Society    
www.boiseastro.org

Idaho Falls Astronomical Society
www.ifastro.org

Magic Valley Astronomical Society  
http://mvastro.org/

Past Events

2018

May 22 — Sawtooth Botanical Garden, Astronomy in the Garden — Shoot the night sky with your camera or cell phone
www.sbgarden.org

 

June 15 – 16 — Stanley Pioneer Park, Dark Sky Celebration and Star Party, Stanley-Sawtooth Chamber of Commerce www.stanleycc.org

 

July 6 — Stanley Museum, 5 pm: The Scorpion, the Archer and the Swan: Stars of the Summer Milky Way with Tim Frazier, Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association (SIHA)
www.discoversawtooth.org

 

July 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29 — Craters of the Moon:  9:30 pm – 11 pm: Astronomy Programs: Join us at the Visitor Center for a short presentation followed by viewing opportunities through the park’s telescope. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on, dress warmly, bring a flashlight to get back to camp but please use red lights only once in the viewing area. https://www.nps.gov/crmo/index.htm

 

July 19 – 20  —  Arco & Craters of the Moon: American Solar Challenge – Come cheer on university teams as they drive their solar powered vehicles across the nation. These teams will stop in Arco on July 19 and then start from Craters of the Moon on July 20. The event in Arco will take place at Butte High School from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Besides viewing the cars, there will also be opportunities to learn more about scientific research with displays about space science, dark skies, and the Oregon Trail. On July 20, the cars will start from the Devil’s Orchard trailhead at Craters of the Moon beginning at 9:00 a.m. https://www.nps.gov/crmo/index.htm

 

July 27 — Stanley Museum, 5 pm: Dark Sky Photography with Nils Ribi, Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association www.discoversawtooth.org

 

July 27 — Craters of the Moon, 9 pm – 11 pm: Full Moon Hike: Explore this unearthly landscape under a full moon. Cooler temperatures make this moderate, 1-mile evening hike pleasant. Wear sturdy shoes, and bring snacks, water, and a light jacket. Reservations are required; please call 208-527-1335 or contact us by email:
crmo_information@nps.gov 

 

July 28 — Stanley Library: Science of Planetary Exploration and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life, 6:00 PM- Join Dr. Brian Jackson, Professor of Physics/Astronomy, Boise State University for a one hour lecture followed by two hours of general stargazing with a telescope at the Stanley Ranger Station parking lot.

 

August 3 – 4— Craters of the Moon: Star Party – Join experts from the Idaho Falls Astronomical Society and experience the universe under our naturally dark skies. Telescopes will be set up in the Caves Area parking lot for viewing the stars and planets. Dress warmly and bring flashlights. Red lights preferred for optimal dark sky viewing. https://www.nps.gov/crmo/index.htm

 

August 4 – 5 — Coyote Yurt (Smoky Mountains near Ketchum) – Overnight Trek into the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve: Sun Valley Trekking and the Idaho Conservation League are teaming up to bring you the Milky Way. Join us to experience the night sky like nowhere else. You don’t want to miss one of the most unique backcountry mountain star gazing adventures on the planet! Call Sun Valley Trekking at 208.788.1966 to reserve your spot.  www.idahoconservation.org

 

August 10 — Stanley City Park, Perseid Meteor Shower, stargazing, and discussion of Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve,  join Dr. Matt Benjamin, freelance astronomer, for a free evening of stargazing, 9:30PM – 11:00PM

 

August 12 — Sawtooth Botanical Garden, Astronomy in the Garden Family night at Croy Canyon
www.sbgarden.org

 

August 31 — Stanley Museum, 5 pm, Songbirds and the Stars with Heidi Ware, Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association
www.discoversawtooth.org