Night Sky Talks

Hey there, stargazers!

Interested to see Jupiter and Mars under a cluster of stars? Or perhaps the Milky Way Galaxy is more up your curiosity alley? We are too, and our friends Ed Anderson, Astronomer at NAU, and NASA Solar System Ambassador, Mary Lara, have created the Night Sky Chats at Yavapai Lodge!

Join us for our FREE night sky events where you can view the Dark Sky through telescopes and ask our hosts questions about the stars. Each event includes a talk about the James Webb Space Telescope in the Yavapai Atrium, followed by a star-viewing party at the Market Plaza parking lot.

Upcoming Night Sky talks are scheduled for the following dates*:

  • November 13: Talk 5:30pm-6:30pm; Star Party 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • December 11: Talk 5:30pm-6:30pm; Star Party 6:30pm-8:30pm

*Please Note: Night Sky talks are weather-dependent


Our Guest Astronomers

Mary Lara

Astronomer Mary LauraMary Lara is a retired elementary school teacher. She works part-time as the Coordinator of the American Indian Movement Educational Resources (AIMER) program for NAU/NASA Space Grant. Mary is also a NASA Solar System Ambassador.






Ed Anderson

Astronomer Ed AndersonEd Anderson is in the Department of Astronomy & Planetary Science at Northern Arizona University where he manages the campus observatory, and the department's research computing systems. He is also the staff astronomer for the National Undergraduate Research Observatory (NURO).