Free stargazing night this weekend at the Visitor Center


UPDATE (Feb. 14, 1:30pm): This event has been cancelled due to an undisclosed health issue, according to the National Elk Refuge. It is hoped it will be rescheduled next month.

The National Elk Refuge is partnering with the Jackson-based Wyoming Stargazing organization to offer a free evening of night sky viewing on the lawn of the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center on Saturday, February 17. The evening program, scheduled from 6:30-8:30pm, will allow guests to view the wonders of the night sky while learning about the importance of dark sky conservation.

Because much of Teton County is comprised of protected, undeveloped public land, there is relatively little light pollution. Additionally, the higher elevation in Jackson Hole means dark sky viewers look through much less atmosphere than at sea level, contributing to clearer viewing opportunities. Though the Visitor Center is located within Jackson’s city limits, the fun, family-friendly activity will still offer a unique and interesting way to enjoy another aspect of our valley’s spectacular scenery.

Wyoming Stargazers will bring an 11” Celestron GPS telescope and several iPads with the StarWalk app. The informal evening program will focus on stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.  Additionally, Refuge winter naturalists will staff an educational table featuring skulls and pelts of nocturnal animals. Visitors to the event can learn how animals active at night are able to function during periods of darkness.

The Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center is located at 532 N. Cache Street in Jackson. For more information on the program, please call the winter naturalist desk at (307) 201-5406. 

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