Amateur Astronomy Under The Big Sky
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  • Stars Over Yellowstone










    Used with permission from the artist: Tyler Nordgren, contact Tyler for information on reprints at: (Tyler was our speaker for July 2013 Stars Over Yellowstone.)


    Dates have been set for the Stars Over Yellowstone 2014 events:
    June 27-28: Speaker Jim Manning, Director Astronomical Society of the Pacific, San Francisco

    July 25-26: Speaker Mike Murray, manager Clark Planetarium, Salt Lake City

    August will be the Montana Star Watch event the 21st-24th


    2014 marks SMAS’s 17th year of going to Yellowstone National Park for public outreach events, which includes speakers and night time observing on the Friday and Saturday evenings at Madison Amphitheater, and solar viewing and Sun presentation at Old Faithful on Saturday afternoon.


    For 16 years the Southwest Montana Astronomical Society, along with the National Parks Service and the Museum of the Rockies, have hosted a star-party under the dark-skies of Yellowstone National Park.  Astronomy club members come down from Bozeman, as well as other  astronomers from Montana and Idaho, to descend on the Madison campground for a weekend of star-gazing.

    We are always happy to have traveling astronomers to join us for the star party, so bring your scopes.

    Typical weekend:

    Friday Night:

    • Guest speaker at the Madison Amphitheater (approximately 9:00 or 9:30 p.m., check with the park website for exact times).
    • Star-party directly following speaker (approximately 10:00 p.m.) in Madison Amphitheater parking lot.


    • Solar-gazing at Old Faithful by visitor center – 2:00 through 5:00 p.m.

    Saturday Night:

    • Guest speaker at the Madison Amphitheater.
    • Star-party directly following speaker.

    Some Pictures from the Stars Over Yellowstone July 2010 event


    Stars Over Yellowstone – July 2011

























































    Even when it clouds over we still do solar outreach education at Old Faithful.  See us in the bottom left side under the tree.