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Jim OConnor Nov 18, 2015 at 06:57 PM

There must be some incorrect information posted somewhere. The correct dates for the 2016 Grand Canyon Star Party are Saturday, June 4, 2016 through Saturday, June 11, 2016. I hope you can join our adventure!
Jim O'Connor
South Rim Coordinator
Grand Canyon Star Party
Jim Hammond Nov 18, 2015 at 07:07 PM

I either misread the year on a website that I looked at (most likely) or it was changed just today. I have now found the correct dates as you state and all's consistent in my aged brain. Thanks for your response.

Jim Hammond Nov 18, 2015 at 06:11 PM

Why doesn't the 2016 program coincide with the National Park's Grand Canyon Star Party? The GCSP stars on June 13 and continues until June 20. Will you have telescopes available for viewing at the Park? Actually, it appears that the skies will be darker during your scheduled week than during the week of the Park's Star Party.
Jim OConnor Nov 18, 2015 at 07:05 PM

There must be some incorrect information posted somewhere. The correct dates for the 2016 Grand Canyon Star Party are Saturday, June 4, 2016 through Saturday, June 11, 2016. I hope you can join our adventure!

Premium Email Subscriber May 09, 2015 at 10:51 AM

Hi everyone,

My husband and I are going on the Grand Canyon Star Party this year. I am looking for some good, tried and true packing hints. I always seem to pack too much and not always things we need. Any hints or tricks that have worked for you would be appreciated. We are very much looking forward to this trip as our 1st Road Scholar trip and the celebration of our 40th wedding anniversary!
Thanks for your help!
JoAnn Adkins
Jim OConnor May 09, 2015 at 08:08 PM

Congratulations on your 40th Anniversary! The Grand Canyon Star Party takes place in a mountain desert environment at 7000 feet so be sure to carry drink bottles to keep up your hydration. As far as the weather, normal temperatures for the week of GCSP range from a high of about 80 F to a low of low 40s. For this year, the forecast is highs in the upper 80s, and lows in the upper 40s to low 50s, with warm and mostly clear conditions all week. A small folding travel umbrella would be adviseable since an occasional rain shower has been known to appear and then run away, and the umbrella can be shade as well. At this altitude an these sun conditions, sun block is essential since there is not much atmosphere for protection. A light jacket after sunset might be handy, since the temperature does drop when the sun goes away. Welcome to GCSP, and Happy Anniversary! Jim O'Connor, South Rim Coordinator, Grand Canyon Star Party gcsp@tucsonastronomy.org

Jim OConnor Mar 02, 2014 at 08:00 AM

I am the astronomer coordinator for the annual Grand Canyon Star Party on the South Rim. I notice that the information about the nightly star party states that it is held at Yavapai Point. Several years ago we moved the event over to the Main Visitor Center (VC). All during the day, some of us volunteer astronomers will be set up around Grand Canyon National Park with telescopes to show solar, lunar, and daytime planet views. The main event will begin around 8 PM in the VC theater, with a night talk as the twilight deepens. The telescopes will be set up in a commercial lot behind the visitor center for evening exploration for all visitors. There will also be night constellation tours at 9:00, 9:30, and 10:00 PM near the telescopes behind the VC. Welcome to the Universe!
Carol Phillips Sep 20, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Is there much light pollution around the visitor's center?
Jim OConnor Sep 20, 2014 at 12:14 PM

No. We block all lighting at the Visitor Center site for the event, with a red rope light for guidance from the Visitor Center to the parking lot where we are set up. We are at the high point of Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim, so we can see some light from Las Vegas, about 240 miles to the northeast, as well as some light from the town of Tusayan outside the entrance about 10 miles to the southeast. If you are familiar with Sky Quality Meters, our nightly average this year was magnitude 6.7 with two nights at 6.9. This is an extremely dark site.
Jim OConnor Sep 20, 2014 at 05:57 PM

Las Vegas is Northwest, and Tusayan is Southwest. Sorry

James Clay May 26, 2013 at 09:13 PM

Where is the participant list?
Edna Alvarez Jun 07, 2013 at 11:41 PM

From my experience on prior trips w/ RS, they do not provide a participants' list prior to the program.

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