This past summer 12 RECON team members participated in the 4th annual Lassen Dark Sky Festival in August of 2015. Members helped conduct stargazing and discussions about astronomy with over 4,500 visitors. Since 2012, thousands of spectators visit Lassen national park every year to celebrate special astronomical events including the annular eclipse, the transit of Venus and the Lassen Dark Sky Festival.
Visitors can participate in various activities throughout the festival:
- Nightly constellation tours and stargazing
- Astronomy activities including solar scope viewing, Junior Ranger Astronomy, and hands-on activities
- Discussions and demonstrations by National Park Dark Sky rangers, NASA, International Dark Sky Association, RECON, Astronomical Society of Nevada, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Lassen National Park is a sanctuary of natural darkness and offers spectacular views of the night sky.
Check out our RECON Team members at the Lassen Festival.
Check out more pictures of the Lassen Dark Sky Festival here.
Here are future events dates at Lassen National Park:
August 12-14, 2016 -100th Anniversary of National Park Service and Lassen Festival
August 11-13, 2017 – One week before the total solar eclipse
August 3-5, 2018 – James Webb Space Telescope launches in October