2017 Celebration of the Night

Flagstaff Celebrates it’s Star-Filled Night Skies

Night sky near Flagstaff – The first International Dark-Sky City. The Milky Way arches overhead in this all-sky map taken from near Ashurst Lake showing darker sky as purple and blue, and in green and yellow the light pollution domes over Phoenix 110 miles away (lower left) and Flagstaff 17 miles away (lower center). Image courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

The 2017 Celebration of the Night begins with the opening of NightVisions VI on June 8th 2017!

Protection of the night sky began in Flagstaff in 1958 – and Flagstaff continues to set the standard for effective night sky protection. A High Country News story by Peter Friederici – Stargazers defend darkness in Arizona – and David Portree’s award-winning story Flagstaff’s Battle for Dark Skies describe our special history and role in what is now an international dark-sky movement.

2017 Celebration of the Night Events

(preliminary schedule – please return for updates)

11 Jun - 29 JulyNightVisions VICoconino Center for the Arts
Wičháȟpi HinápȟA (Lakota- Emergence) - SD Nelson, NightVisions VI
More than two-thirds of Americans live where they can no longer see the Milky Way galaxy because of light pollution. We have grown so isolated from night that in much of our culture it has become alien and fearful. NightVisions seeks to re-open our positive connections to the natural night and to bridge the divide separating artistic from scientific perception, promoting the idea that science and art are two intertwined aspects of human experience.
8 JuneMember's reception
15 JunePublic reception
16 JuneR Carlos Nakai - Dark Sky ConcertThe Arboretum at Flagstaff
R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. Featuring Udi Bar-David on cello this Dark Night Sky Concert is in partnership with the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition and Vintage Partners.

2017  Celebration of the Night and NightVisions VI  events supported by Vintage Partners, Flagstaff Arts Council and Flagstaff BBB funds.

To celebrate, promote, and protect the glorious dark skies of Flagstaff and northern Arizona.