Death Valley hosts Dark Sky Fest

Death Valley hosts Dark Sky FestDeath Valley National Park will host the Death Valley Dark Sky and Science Festival, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 21-23. Everyone is invited to attend this night sky extravaganza.

During the day, rangers and scientists will lead guided hikes to explore the features of Death Valley and the similarities to other places in our solar system. During the exploration fair at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center, visitors can talk to scientists, observe demonstrations and participate in activities like solar system walks and solar viewing. Scientists from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory will present evening programs exploring the search for life on other planets. “Visitors from around the world travel to Death Valley to look at the night sky,” said Mike Reynolds, park superintendent. “Stargazing here is a unique and breathtaking experience.” Regional astronomical societies will be on hand to assist with viewing opportunities. Photographers are also invited to meet and shoot at prime locations.

Dark Sky Festival programs are free and open to the public. However, the standard park entrance fee of $30 per vehicle is still applicable.

For details see www.nps.gov/deva.

Pictured: The night skies in Death Valley. — Courtesy of Oshin Zakarian

Story First Published: 2020-02-07