Check out some of the work the Oracle Dark Skies Committee (ODSC) is creating to get Oracle SP approved as International Dark Sky Park. Help for this committee is appreciated! See photos and dark sky meter readings.
Other partners, clubs, and individuals also assist at various events!
Mike Weasner of the Oracle Dark Skies Committee with another amazing time-lapse video of the Milky Way rising over Oracle SP. There is no audio track to this piece. The Oracle Dark Skies Committee (ODSC) is asking groups and individuals to write "letters of support" to receive a designation as an International Dark Sky Park. Learn more
Nine Arizona State Parks have provide fun, educational Star Night Astronomy events! Our astronomy program has been in operation since 2008 and continues to grow! At a typical star night event you can hear a lecture (often with guest speakers), and view celestial objects (planets, nebulas, stars) through a variety of telescopes. Some events have information tables and afternoon solar viewings as well, and one event even has an astral photography workshop. These events are supported by Arizona Astronomy Clubs and individuals who invite the public to come see Arizona's amazing night skies. Watch our video which gives a good introduction to Star Night activities. Learn more about what to expect and what to bring on this page.
If you have a telescopes feel free to bring it. Each event has an organizer you can coordinate with before arriving. If you have never brought your scope to a public event it's a great experience and we can help you!
Please note that no flash photos are allowed after dark to protect everyone's night vision. In addition when using a telescope we ask that you only lean in with your eyes and do not touch the astronomers' telescopes.
Star Night events are the perfect event to camp at. You can even make campsite reservations online 24/7.
Mike Weasner of the Oracle Dark Skies Committee has created a time-lapse film of the dark skies at the park. You can watch 2 hours of the night sky passing by in 11 seconds. There is no audio track to this piece.
On March 3, 2011, Alamo Lake State Park (with the Astronomers of Verde Valley) & Kartchner Caverns State Park (with the Huachuca Astronomy Club) were the first state parks in the United States to be granted the "One Star at a Time" award and became a member of the Global Star Park Network. This award acknowledges the public stargazing events held at both parks in an effort to increase awareness of astronomy and preserving dark skies for future generations. The awards were presented by the StarLight Initiative, the One Star at a Time organization and Astronomers Without Borders. The Global Star Park Network aims to protect night environments, educate the public, and improve human habitat.
Red Rock State Park - July 25, 2014
Oracle State Park - June 21, 2014 (With Live Music) (see photos)
Homolovi State Park - June 5, 2014, 67 people, 11 telescopes
Red Rock State Park (Reservations Required) - May 30, 2014
Lost Dutchman State Park - April 26, 2014
Catalina State Park - April 19, 2014, 100 people (see photos)
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park: April 5, 2014, 82 people
Lost Dutchman SP: March 29, 2014
Kartchner Caverns SP (Guest Speaker Dr. David O’Brien a research scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, presented “The Giant Asteroid Vesta: Highlights from NASA's Dawn Mission” to 203 people in the Auditorium): March 22, 2014
Patagonia Lake SP: March 22, 2014 (New Park to hold a Star Party!)
Catalina SP - February 22, 2014
Lost Dutchman SP: November 30, 2013
Red Rock SP: November 9, 2013
Alamo Lake SP: November 2, 2013
Catalina SP: October 26, 2013
Kartchner Caverns SP: October 5, 2013
Lost Dutchman SP: October 5, 2013
Red Rock SP: September 14, 2013 (New Park to hold a Star Party!)
Catalina SP: May 4, 2013 (part of the 30th Anniversary Celebration Event)
Oracle SP: April 14, 2013 (New Park to hold a Star Party!)
Catalina SP: March 16, 2013
Kartchner Caverns SP: March 16, 2013
Alamo Lake SP: November 10, 2012
Lost Dutchman SP: November 17, 2012
Kartchner Caverns SP: Sept. 15, 2012
Lost Dutchman SP: April 7, 2012
Lost Dutchman SP: April 13, 2012
Catalina SP: April 14, 2012
Alamo Lake SP: November 19, 2011
Kartchner Caverns SP: March 26, 2011
Lost Dutchman SP: December 11, 2010
Alamo Lake SP: November 6, 2010
Kartchner Caverns SP: September 11, 2010
Alamo Lake SP: November 14, 2009
Alamo Lake SP: November 22, 2008