Fourth Annual Night Sky Fiesta 2018 at Bandelier – Oct. 4 – 6

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Fourth Annual Night Sky Fiesta 2018 at Bandelier – Oct. 4 – 6

Bandelier will be celebrating your skies here in the park and New Mexico for three days! Solar viewing, scale model solar system walks, guest speakers, and giant telescopes will all be offered the first weekend in October.

Days will start with solar scope viewing to safely look at your nearest star, the sun, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon. Friday and Saturday will include a scale model solar system walk at 3 p.m. at the Bandelier Visitor Center and all three days have guest speakers at 7 p.m. at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater, followed by celestial viewing through giant telescopes.

Thursday, Oct. 4, features “Astro Geezer” Richard Blake. Blake has been sharing his love of the night sky with audiences all over the western U.S. since 2006. His “Galileo and the Telescope” program will explore some of Galileo’s findings and take a look at what we know today. 

Friday, Oct. 5, showcases Harun Mehmedinović and “Dark Skies in the National Parks,” with Mehmedinović’s time lapse film work. Mehmedinović is a regular video and photography contributor to BBC Earth, National Geographic, Astronomy Magazine, major films, concert tours and more. 

Saturday, Oct. 6, welcomes “Dark Ranger” Kevin Poe who has been an inspiration and instructor for many of today’s National Park Service and other agency dark ranger programs. 

His program, “Women’s Work: Mathy Maidens Solving Astronomy’s Most Monstrous Problems” looks at how some of history’s, or “Herstory’s” best female minds continue to do the heavy lifting that mapped the universe and helped get us to the moon. 

No reservations needed, All events are free with your $25 vehicle entry, or any America the Beautiful pass. Shuttles are required from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and start at the White Rock Visitor Center. 

For information about Bandelier National Monument, contact the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505-672-3861 x 517 or visit www.nps.gov/band, on Facebook, BandelierNPS.

Telescope and the night sky – NPS Photo