Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival

Help us celebrate our dark night skies, a precious and diminishing resource, by participating in the 4th Annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival!
Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora welcome you to a weekend of star viewing, presentations by nationally recognized speakers, telescope building, solar system hikes, a "Discovery Dome" planetarium, and much more, as we celebrate Dakota Nights, September 23 – 25.
Dr. Tyler Nordgren, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Redlands, artist, photographer, astronomer and night sky ambassador, will make the featured presentation on Friday, September 23 at 7:00p.m. MDT in the Cottonwood Campground amphitheater, in the park’s South Unit.
Dr. Joe Shaw, Director of the Optical Technology Center at Montana State University, will be the featured presenter on Saturday, September 24. Dr. Shaw will present “Optics in Nature” on Saturday, September 24 at 3:30 p.m. MDT in the auditorium of the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame (250 Main Street, Medora) and at 7:00 p.m. he will discuss the Aurora Borealis in the Cottonwood Campground amphitheater.
The full schedule of events is evolving and will be posted and updated on the Park’s website.

Date and Time: 
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 07:00 to Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 22:00
Contact Info: 

Jenny Davis, National Park Service (NPS)



Eileen Andes, National Parks Service (NPS)


701-623-4730 x 1411

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
315 2nd Ave.
Medora, ND 58645
United States
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