David H Levy Arizona Dark Sky Star Party
The 2nd David H. Levy Arizona Dark Sky Star Party is September 21st through the 25th. This year's Party pairs with free public events featuring amazing musicians, artists, and speakers. Special lectures from the legendary Comet Discoverer, David H. Levy, are highlighted with other renowned speakers on September 21 at Oracle State Park. Ticket holders have access to a couple of special tours plus the speaker workshop. For more information on speakers and to purchase tickets, visit the ticket page.
Introducing the Oracle Dark Sky Cultural Festival
(for amaetur astronomers and the public)
Friday night, September 23rd
Open to the Public! Delight in special stargazing, music, or food events at four American Avenue locations in Oracle. Sunset will be 6:18 pm, and most events run between 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm. Make sure you visit each location as the telescope viewing will be set to specific and distinctly different objects for gazing. Object assignments are:
2161 N Rockliffe Boulevard
Viewing Focus: Nubulae
Oracle Community Center
685 East American Avenue
Viewing Focus: Galaxies
Oracle Patio Cafe & Market
270 West American Avenue
Viewing Focus: Planets
Ore House Hilltop Tavern
1200 N Jefferson Drive
Viewing Focus: Star Clusters
Friday night's special guest musicians include:
Saturday, 24 September
All-day activities at Oracle State Park are open to the public, and there will be a star party at the Park that evening. A modest Oracle State Park gate fee ($7/car) is required.
Oracle has a strong interest and passion for preserving our dark-sky heritage and we are preparing to celebrate the Oracle Dark Sky Cultural Festival (ODSCF) with local artists, musicians, and culinary delights. These open-to-the-public events combined with public stargazing, and an intriguing Bat Experience at Oracle State Park will make for a fun and memorable week of supporting the arts, nature, and dark skies. Several businesses throughout Oracle are celebrating by hosting their own events. Please check the calendar and Featured Events for more information on these events.
Visit the ODSCF Facebook page for schedule updates. Entry to most of the venues of ODSCF is free of charge.