St. George Astronomy Group
(SGAG)


The St. George Astronomy Group is an informal  association of amateur astronomers in St. George, Toquerville  and other nearby communities in southwest Utah.

The group was formed to (a) exchange ideas and foster fellowship among people with an interest in astronomy, (b) to host public star parties, and (c) to promote proper lighting and dark skies over southwest Utah.

There are no officers, dues, or formal meetings. Membership is open to anyone who wishes to actively participate in hosting star parties and working for dark skies over St. George.

People who wish to know about the group's public activities can join our mailing list.




Public Star Party at Toquerville City Park

Toquerville, Utah

Friday, June 12, 2015


The St. George Astronomy Group and Toquerville City will host a free public star

party at Toquerville City Park on Friday evening, June 12, 2015. All are invited to

view the sky through a variety of telescopes and learn the constellations.


The star party will be held in the city park at the far end of the parking lot, where

parking is also available. The City Center Park is located at 250 W Center Street.


The party begins at 7:00 p.m. and will last approximately three hours. The first

hour will be observing the sun with special solar telescopes. Then as it gets

darker telescopes will be pointed to the planets, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn.

When it is really dark we will observe double stars, star clusters, and distant

galaxies. An astronomer will use a laser to point out bright stars and major

constellations.


If the weather turns cloudy the party will be cancelled.




                            Outreach 


2014
  • April 26, 2014: We participated in the celebration of Dark Sky Designation for Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument at Dixie State University on April 26
  • May 10, 2014: Springdale's Astronomy day.
  • May 30, 2014: Star Party, Manning Butterworth's home
  • June 27, 2014 Star Party, Dick Stones home
  • June 25-28, 2014: Annual Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival
  • July 19, 2014:  Star Party at Pine Valley 
  • August 23, 2014: Star Party at Pine Valley
  • September 18-20, 2014: Great Basin Astronomy Festival 
  • September 24-30, 2014: Goblin Valley astronomy  training and star parties. John Mosley is working with Goblin Valley State Park.
  • September 29, 2014: Instant Star Party, Dick Stones home 
  • October 23, 2014: Solar Eclipse. 2 Public Solar Viewing Locations. 
  • We will also issue a series of press releases that inform the public of events of local astronomical interest, such as eclipses. We plan to become Dixie’s source for local astronomical news.
  • November 22, Star Party at Dick Stone's Home
  • December 2, 2014 Telescope class/demonstration at Gorge Washington Academy 
  • Christmas Party Dec. 12, 2014. Sonny Boys in Hurricane, Ut
  •                                                                           2015 
  • January 16, 2015: Star/Comet Party, Mark Shelton's home
  • February 20-21, 2015 Joint star party with Ogden Astronomical Society 
  • March 20, 2015 Star Party at Gunlock Reservoir
  • April 9, 2015  Astronomy presentation at Snow Canyon High. 
  • April 25, 2015 Star Party.......Astronomy Day,,,,,,,,,, Cancelled because of rain
  • May 7, 2015  Astronomy presentation at Arrowhead Elementary
  • May 21, 2015 Public Star Party at Unity Park. Ivins 
  • June 12, 2015 Star Party at Toquerville City Park