(Courtesy photo) The constellations can be clearly seen in the dark night skies above the Great Basin National Park.

(Courtesy photo)
The constellations can be clearly seen in the dark night skies above the Great Basin National Park.

The Great Basin National Park will host its annual Astronomy Festival from Sept. 10-12 and host a variety of events that will have visitors’ heads lost in space.

The weekend will be highlighted by a presentation from the Director of the Seminole State College Planetarium Derek Demeter on Friday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. The award-winning documentary “The City Dark,” which talks about how the night sky is lost to light pollution in big cities, will screen at the national park on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.

Other programs that will be provided during the three-day celebration of everything celestial will include solar telescope viewing, deep space observing programs for kids, constellation tours and star gazing at night.

The park provides a unique atmosphere for viewing skies as it has the darkest sky in the state, according to the national park service’s website.

All of the events will take place at the Lehman Caves visitor center and will be free. The Astronomy Festival is sponsored by The National Park Foundation, Celestron Telescopes, and the National Park Conservation Association.

For more information, visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/grba/planyourvisit/greatbasinastronomyfestival.