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Stargazing in Yosemite

Experience the magnificence of the night sky over Yosemite

Best time: June–August


One of the first things that many visitors from large cities notice about Yosemite is how beautiful the night sky is there. Indeed, being miles away from the nearest city lights, the park has a very dark night sky that makes it a great place to look at the stars.

Yosemite is one of the best places in the US to observe the planets, stars, and galaxies. In June, July, and August, many astronomers set up telescopes at Glacier Point, give astronomy talks, and organise "star parties." There are also organised​ astronomy walks and talks, and guided stargazing in Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows, and Wawona.

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When is stargazing most optimal in Yosemite?

Stargazing in Yosemite is most optimal from June to August, when the weather is warm and the sky clear. Besides, park's astronomy programmes are running during this period, and visitors get a chance to observe the Milky Way. A hike in the Valley is recommended due to the full moon's illumination. Show more

Which locations in Yosemite offer great stargazing views?

Stargazing locations at Yosemite are varied, and some of the most popular ones are Glacier, Tuolumne Meadows, and Wawona. For unique experiences, Taft Point and Olmsted Point are recommended alternatives. Yosemite Valley, too, offers great stargazing views. Show more

What kind of astronomical events can visitors observe in Yosemite?

Yosemite presents various astronomical events in the summer months such as meteor showers, the Milky Way, and the Northern Lights. At Glacier Point's Star Parties, visitors can view constellations, galaxies, and planets. Professional astronomers also host talks on celestial objects and events. Show more

How can visitors participate in Yosemite's stargazing programs?

Visitors can join stargazing programs by referring to Yosemite's schedule of events. Programs include ranger-led tours of stargazing and astronomy talks. Visitors can also attend Glacier Point's Star Parties, where professional astronomers share their knowledge on public telescopes and night sky exploration with volunteers. The park also offers guided stargazing tours. Show more

What equipment do visitors need for stargazing in Yosemite?

The basic necessity for stargazing in Yosemite is the naked eye, which provides a great experience of the night sky. To have a more unique perspective, visitors can rent telescopes from Yosemite Valley Lodge or High Sierra Camps. Public star viewing programs offer free opportunities to share telescopes as well. For optimal enjoyment, visitors must bring snacks and water and dress warmly. Show more

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