Stargazing in Shenandoah

Photo credit: Greg Redfern (The Sky Guy)

Shenandoah National Park is the perfect place to enjoy a view of the star-filled night sky. And without the light pollution of developed areas.

As the sun goes down, a different kind of opportunity to enjoy nature’s exquisite beauty emerges. Stars sparkle with more intensity. Constellations come into clearer view.

Depending on the time of year, celestial objects viewed can vary from a quarter moon to the planets, distant galaxies, star clusters, nebulae and double stars.

A number of free stargazing presentations are held at Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge. Program start time varies based on sunset. There are “Let’s Talk About Space” presentations that are led by Greg Redfern, a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador.  Monthly night skies presentations are also held at the big meadows area by amateur astronomers which include star gazing through telescopes.

The annual Night Sky Festival will be August 10 – 12 with activities taking place in a variety of location throughout the park.

See dates and times at Shenandoah’s Stargazing Event Calendar.