Join SUU and Cedar Breaks for Community Astronomy

Published: September 11, 2018 | Author: Haven Scott | Read Time: 1 minutes

Dark Skies in Southern UtahIn a galaxy not so far away, acquire new knowledge about the night skies surrounding us with SUU Community Education and a new astronomy program for everyone.

The Master Astronomer Program is a 40-hour hands-on workshop where community members can come and learn more about Southern Utah’s amazing dark night skies. Developed by Cedar Breaks National Monument, participants will gain a greater understanding for the night sky and astronomy while learning something new.

Participants will learn through many hands-on experiences and workshops, including learning how to operate a backyard telescope, learning about the solar system, celestial motions and dark sky preservation. Classes will be held in an SUU classroom as well as Kolob Canyon, Cedar Breaks National Monument and at the Ashcroft Observatory.

“The Master Astronomer Program is not simply a series of lectures by astronomy experts,” said Zachary Schierl, Dark Skies Coordinator for the National Park Service. “The workshops will revolve around hands-on learning activities. Once trained, Master Astronomers are encouraged to continue their education, knowledge and skills to educate the public about astronomy and dark skies in southern Utah.”

SUU Community Education establishes community partnerships by generating fun, cultural and educational opportunities for those who love to learn. Subjects including culinary, arts, writing, yoga, dancing, pickleball and more, are taught by local professionals for the purpose of increasing participant knowledge and developing new skills.

For a complete lineup of more than 30 community classes being offered this fall, visit, email, call (435) 865-8259, or stop by their office at 136 W. University Blvd, Suite 003, Cedar City, for more information.

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