The 2022 Flagstaff Star Party was a success, with nearly 3000 people being introduced to Flagstaff’s stupendous night skies.
The Celebration of the Night continues through the end of October, with Stan Honda’s Night Sky Photography Workshop (tickets still available!), NightVisions Satellite exhibits at downtown galleries, and a special new series of talks about the night hosted at Lowell Observatory. See the Celebration of the Night Calendar of Events!
NightVisions Satellite Exhibits
Celebration of the Night has begun in Flagstaff! Check out stunning original artwork like this piece by Daniel Josley called “Grandfather’s Stories” at Arizona Handmade Gallery. Local artists are sharing their view of the night sky in NightVisions Satellite Exhibits through mid-October. See more NightVisions Satellite art at The Artists’ Gallery!
See the Calendar of Events for all Celebration events!
Support the Flagstaff Solution
All proceeds to be used to promote Flagstaff’s uniquely effective solution to genuine night sky protection.
When the great earth, abandoning day, rolls up the deeps of the heavens and the universe, a new door opens for the human spirit, and there are few so clownish that some awareness of the mystery of being does not touch them as they gaze.
— Henry Beston, The Outermost House (1928)
Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition
Our Mission: To celebrate, promote, and protect the glorious dark skies
of Flagstaff and Northern Arizona
To demonstrate by example strategies that are proven to protect and improve dark skies
Setting the Gold Standard for night sky protection
A dark, star-filled night sky is often thought of as important for astronomy or research. Though this is true, the grandeur of the night sky is much deeper and broader, and accessible to anyone. We find the beauty and meaning of natural night is best expressed by poets and writers, such as Henry Beston.
Photo by Tyler Nordgren, courtesy of the Grand Canyon Association
Although astronomers and astronomy are important (some of our best friends are astronomers), protecting the night sky just for astronomers would be like protecting Grand Canyon just for geologists. Yet no one ever seems to think so narrowly about the Canyon; it is our hope that after looking through our website you may think more broadly about the night sky.
As the international dark sky movement began in Flagstaff in 1958, our community has always been keenly aware of the special value of the night sky. The Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition and the greater community of Flagstaff are proud to remain world leaders in practical and successful dark sky protection.