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Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party 2020, June 13-20

Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party 2020, June 13-20


Grand Canyon National Park and the Grand Canyon Conservancy invite you to the Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party 2020, June 13-20! While the on-site event at Grand Canyon National Park has been cancelled on both rims due to concerns over COVID-19 this year, the park will bring the wonders of the night sky into the virtual realm through a series of video premieres on the park's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/252511419184647/.

Each evening from June 13-20, Grand Canyon National Park will premiere two videos on our Facebook platform. The first video will be one of our eight special guest speakers from our Star Party Speaker Series. Each speaker will present their program over a video-conferencing feed. The next video will be the “Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party.” Astronomers will connect video cameras to their telescopes and pick out ten to twelve celestial objects over the course of an hour to ninety minutes.

Join the astronomers as they develop realtime astrophotographs before your eyes of galaxies, nebulae, globular clusters, asterisms, and much more. The virtual star parties are brought to us courtesy of the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association and Focus Astronomy. The astronomers and speakers will populate the chat rooms during the premieres to answer your questions.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

6 pm (PDT) Dark Skies in Isolation: Why Protecting the Night Sky is More Important Than Ever 
Learn about the work of the International Dark Sky Association and the state of light pollution during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. John Barentine - Director of Public Policy – International Dark Sky Association

https://www.facebook.com/GrandCanyonNationalPark/videos/575589766718774/

7 pm (PDT) Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party: Telescope Session 1 

by the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association
https://www.facebook.com/GrandCanyonNationalPark/videos/2590100681252507/

Sunday, June 14, 2020

6 pm (PDT) Lions, Vultures, and a Scorpion, Oh My! A Summer Jaunt through Arabian Skies
Discover the beauty of the constellations from Ancient Arabia overhead in our summer night skies.

Dr. Danielle Adams - Cultural Astronomer and Deputy Director for Marketing and Communications – Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ.

https://www.facebook.com/GrandCanyonNationalPark/videos/2591766691090339/

7 pm (PDT) Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party: Telescope Session 2

by Focus Astronomy

https://www.facebook.com/GrandCanyonNationalPark/videos/1611794525664323/.

Monday, June 15, 2020

6 pm (PDT) A Tour Through the Universe

Take a spin through the entire universe and learn about the immensities of space!

Dean Regas - Astronomer and Author – Cincinnati Observatory

https://www.facebook.com/GrandCanyonNationalPark/videos/573387126905134/

7 pm (PDT) Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party: Telescope Session 3

by the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association

https://www.facebook.com/GrandCanyonNationalPark/videos/1117919611918945/

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

6 pm (PDT) Infant Galaxies to Alien Atmospheres: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Join a NASA astrophysicist as she unveils the plans for the revolutionary new instrument that will study our deepest origins: The NASA James Webb Space Telescope.

Dr. Amber Straughn - Astrophysicist – NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

https://www.facebook.com/GrandCanyonNationalPark/videos/286989665760457/

7 pm (PDT) Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party: Telescope Session 4

by Focus Astronomy

https://www.facebook.com/GrandCanyonNationalPark/videos/260935795020068/

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

6 pm (PDT) The Art of Photographing Dark Skies

Get a snapshot course in how to take beautiful night sky photography.

Shreenivasan Manievannan - Night Sky Photographer – GoPro

https://www.facebook.com/GrandCanyonNationalPark/videos/1122645974779849/

7 pm (PDT) Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party: Telescope Session 1 - Reprise

by the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association

https://www.facebook.com/GrandCanyonNationalPark/videos/308384740322781/

Thursday, June 18, 2020

6 pm (PDT) One Giant Leap: Apollo Astronaut Training in the Grand Canyon 

Retrace the footsteps of the Apollo Astronauts to the bottom of the Grand Canyon as part of their training for their epic journeys to the Moon.

Kevin Schindler - Historian – Lowell Observatory

https://www.facebook.com/GrandCanyonNationalPark/videos/262765314948979/

7 pm (PDT) Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party: Telescope Session 2 - Reprise

by Focus Astronomy

https://www.facebook.com/GrandCanyonNationalPark/videos/2463336730644378/.

Friday, June 19, 2020

6 pm (PDT) Astrophotography for Beginners

Get a snapshot course in how to take beautiful night sky photography.

Bettymaya Foott - Director of Engagement – International Dark Sky Association

https://www.facebook.com/GrandCanyonNationalPark/videos/1333944656803259/

7 pm (PDT) Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party: Telescope Session 3 - Reprise

by the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

6 pm (PDT) Planetary Defense: Surveying the Sky for Killer Asteroids

Learn about our knowledge of meteors and what astronomers do to mitigate the threats of meteor impacts.

Dr. Vishnu Reddy - Associate Professor – Lunar and Planetary Lab at the University of Arizona

7 pm (PDT) Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party: Telescope Session 4 - Reprise

by Focus Astronomy

 

Learn more about the Virtual Grand Canyon Star Party here.

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