star gazing in badlands national park with clouds and badland formations @rhaymanphotos

Badlands Astronomy Festival

July 5-7, 2024


Join space buffs and starry-eyed newbies alike at the Annual Badlands Astronomy Festival for a cosmic celebration! Our dark skies and the wonders of space exploration come alive with daily family-friendly activities and evening presentations featuring special guest speakers. 

Get ready for planetarium visits, solar telescope viewings, and technology demos. Sponsored by NPS Night Sky Program and Celestron, nightly telescope sessions let you marvel at the universe. 

This three-day fete at Badlands National Park underscores the importance of protecting our precious night skies. In a world plagued by light pollution, our corner of the Great Plains remains unspoiled. So come and revel in the pristine dark skies with us!

Stop by the Ben Reifel Visitor Center or check the schedule below for this year’s lineup. No need for advance registration; most events are wheelchair-accessible.



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