DARK SKY FESTIVAL- JULY 21, 22, 23
The night sky in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is nationally recognized. Our darkness not only adds to the aesthetic qualities of the wilderness, but is important to the health of our wildlife. As most of the world is faced with the effects of artificial light pollution, the Dark Sky Festival aims to educate visitors about the importance of this park resource and inspire them to take action in their own community. We hope you join us in the summer of 2017 for the fourth annual Dark Sky Festival and share your passion for the night sky and astronomy.
The weekend will include:
“They Fly in the Night: Bats of Sequoia National Park.”
“National Parks After Dark”
“All About Telescopes”
“The Effects of Outdoor Lighting on the Environment”
“An Illustrated Guided Tour of the Night”
“NASA/JPL: How to Fly Deep Space Missions”
“Life On Other Worlds: Extremeophiles in Crystal Cave”
“Living and Working in Space”
more to come!
Slideshow photos provided by Kirke Wrench and Alison Taggart-Barone.
SOME Presenters from 2016 included:
Dr. Don Thomas
In 1990 Dr. Thomas was selected in NASA’s 13th group of astronauts and flew as a mission specialist on four space shuttle missions: STS-65, STS-70, STS-83, and STS-94. During these four missions he performed hundreds of microgravity sciences experiments and helped deploy a large communications satellite from the space shuttle. He has spent a total of 44 days in space and has completed 692 orbits of the Earth.