Las Vegas Astronomical Society Brings Its “Stars” to
Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah. As darkness
falls on Cedar Breaks
National Monument, a different kind of light illuminates the night
That light, which comes from objects out in space transforms the
a place of darkness into a place of wonder.
Cedar Breaks National Monument has some of the darkest
night skies in the
country. As Southwestern Utah grows and develops, “light pollution”
form of stray artificial light is a growing problem which masks
and intensity of a dark starlit sky. In the high elevation night
Cedar Breaks, the stars shine nearly as bright as they did in the
before the invention of the light bulb.
To celebrate and share the beauty of our dark night
skies, Cedar Breaks is
hosting a special 2-night event during Labor Day weekend. Members
Las Vegas Astronomical Society (lvastronomy.com) will telescope
skies on Friday, August 29th and Saturday, August 30th beginning
at 10 pm
on Point Supreme. These star party experts will illuminate your
viewing and answer questions about your interests in stars, planets,
how to help preserve skies in your neighborhood. Visitors who own
own telescopes are invited to bring them along.
Dress warmly for the cool night air at this high
elevation, and come
prepared to enjoy a late night of star gazing at Cedar Breaks! Cedar
Breaks National Monument is located 23 miles east of Cedar City,
Highways 14 and 148. More information is available by contacting
Hampton at 435-586-0787 ext. 41 or the Monument’s administrative
Updated events and activities, program offerings,
and other park
information are also available for downloading at the Cedar Breaks
Monument website: www.nps.gov/cebr .
Festival Cedar Breaks National Monument will
host its first Wildflower Festival June 30-July 16. Visitors can
participate in guided hikes focusing on the flowers and how to identify
them. According to Steve Robinson, chief park ranger at Cedar Breaks
National Monument, the wildflower display is expected to be especially
beautiful this year.
Your Visit From early June to mid-October, the
visitor center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Visitor
facilities are CLOSED from mid-October through late May. For more
information on Cedar
Breaks National Monument click here.