Let's see, let's see, where's a good place to gaze at stars in the National Park System?
In fact, if you show up at Great Basin on June 27th you'll be able to attend a star party being thrown by the [url=http://www.npca.org]National Parks Conservation Association.
[/url] Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon have long-running star parties each summer, and Natural Bridges was the first unit of the National Park System to be honored for its wonderfully dark night skies.
Great Basin? Off the proverbial radar. Until now.
At 8 p.m. on June 27 the star party will begin at Great Basin's visitor center. There's no charge to join astronomers for a free tour of stars, planets and galaxies under some of the darkest and cleanest skies in the country, either. NPCA says it will provide the telescopes and guides to help you find great views of worlds outside our own.
Of course, you might want to be sure to dress warmly. While it is June, it's still the West, and when the sun goes down so does the temperature. If you arrive early enough, you might also be able to snag one of the park's campsites. If you're late, you might have to head to Ely after the show for a warm bed.
The event is sponsored by the National Parks Conservation Association with assistance from the staff of Great Basin National Park and the several regional astronomy organizations including Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City and the Las Vegas Astronomical Society.
If you have any questions, call Lynn Davis at 702-318-6524 or the park at 775-234-7331. Or you could surf over to this site.