Death Valley Dark Sky Festival Astronomy Programs

Night image of a person looking through a Dobsonian telescope with a car shade structure in the background and stars above.
Get up close with the night sky through a telescope at Death Valley's Dark Sky Festival.

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Explore Death Valley's famous dark skies through ranger talks, telescope viewings and trivia events. Learn about the cosmos and see distant galaxies, planets and stars.

2023 Festival Events

Astronomy Talk
Ranger Program (NPS)
Explore the incredible night sky with a ranger! Bring a red flashlight to protect night vision. Optional items: binoculars and chair.
Friday 8PM-9PM, Harmony Borax Works

Caltech Presents: Astronomy on Tap
Join Caltech scientists for two 20-minute public astronomy talks and space-themed pub trivia (with prizes!) at the Badwater Saloon. All ages welcome! Talks include Professor Katherine de Kleer: “The Solar System’s Volcanic Wonderland", and Max Goldberg: "Not All Those Who Wander Are Planets." Food and drinks available for purchase but the science is free.

Friday 7:30PM-9:30PM, Badwater Saloon, Stovepipe Wells

Moon Walk
Ranger Program (NPS)
Walk under the light of the moon as you join a ranger on an easy night walk on the moonlit salt flats.
Saturday 5:30AM-6:30AM, Badwater Basin

Furnace Creek Star Party
Caltech/Las Vegas Astronomical Society/NPS
Telescope event put on by the Las Vegas Astronomical Society and Caltech. Park rangers offer constellation tours at 7:30PM, 8:30PM, and 9:30PM.
Saturday & Sunday 7PM-10PM, Sunset Campground Overflow Lot

Last updated: February 7, 2023

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P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328


760 786-3200

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