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A near-midnight moonrise means mid-evening skies will be perfect for viewing the Milky Way, Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn, weather permitting. The last of the winter constellations dip over the western horizon as well-known Zodiac constellations Scorpio, Sagittarius and Libra appear, joined by phenomenon only visible with the telescopes and guidance of local astronomers. Photo courtesy of Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau.

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First Sedona Star Party offers telescopes, laser tours for dazzling views of stars, planets

Sedona’s famous dark skies put on a spectacular August display. Now, local astronomers are ready to guide Sedonans across nature’s celestial majesty at the first Sedona Star Party August 4.