Master Astronomer Program

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. This program was developed by Cedar Breaks National Monument with hopes to allow participants to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the night sky and astronomy. Participants will be able to learn through many hands-on experiences including learning how to operate a backyard telescope. Classes will be held in an SUU classroom as well as Kolob Canyons, Cedar Breaks, and Ashcroft Observatory. Come explore the night sky! See the full schedule below.


Fall 2018

 10 Weeks / W 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Cost: $130
Start Date: September 15

Location: GC 110
Teacher: Various instructors from Cedar Breaks National Monument. 

 

Date/Time Location Tentative Topics Moon Phase
Sat, 9/15
7:00-11:00 pm
Cedar Breaks National Monument Ranger Station 

Introduction to Telescopes

Cosmic Cast of Characters

Celestial Motions

Waxing Crescent
Wed, 9/19
6:00-8:30 pm
TBD

Celestial Motions

History of Astronomy

1st Quarter
Wed, 9/26
6:00-8:30 pm
 TBD

Observatories

Using a telescope 

Full
Wed, 10/3
6:00-8:30 pm 
 TBD

Why Protect the Night Sky?

Measuring light pollution 

Waning Crescent 
Sat, 10/6
6:30-9:30 pm 
 Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park (tentative)

Scale of the Universe

Using a telescope

Measuring light pollution

New 
Wed, 10/10
6:00-8:30 pm 
 TBD  Our Solar System 1st Quarter
Wed, 10/17
6:00-8:30 pm 
 TBD

Our Solar System

Stars

Waxing Gibbous
Sat, 10/20
7:00-10:00 pm
 Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park (tentative)

Using a telescope

Stars

Full
Wed, 10/24
6:00-9:30 pm
TBD Dark-Sky Friendly Lighting (+ walking tour) 3rd Quarter
Wed, 10/31
6:00-8:30 pm
TBD

Extrasolar planets

TBD

New
Wed, 11/7
6:00-8:30 pm
TBD Using a telescope Waxing Crescent
Wed, 11/14
6:00-8:30 pm
TBD

Star party debrief

Volunteer Opportunities & Next Steps

TBD

First Quarter
Sat, 11/17
5:00-9:00 pm
Ashcroft Observatory (tentative) Public Star Party led by Master Astronomers