Enjoy star gazing and a thrilling ride into Farmington's famous off roading recreation area, Chokecherry Canyon. Four Corners Explorers will lead the tour into Chokecherry Canyon for the optimal viewing locations of each event. The ride in and out will be just as thrilling as the astonomical events! Drivers will be provided for each tour, or you may rent and drive a UTV yourself. Visit fourcornerexplorers.com/other-adventures to book your seats!
2019 Dark Skies Tour Schedule
May 18 - Once in a Blue Moon Tour
- This full moon is know by the Native American Tribes as the Full Flower Moon because this was the time of year when the spring flower appeared in abundance. This rare calendar event only happens once every few years, giving to the term, "once in a blue moon." Blue moons occur on average once every 2.7 years.
June 21 - Summer Solstice Tour
- The summer solstice with the longest day of the year. The north pole of the Earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its northernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the tropic of cancer at 23.44 degrees north latitude. Come celebrate the first day of summer on this unique tour.
August 13 - Perseids Meteor Shower Tour
- The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. it is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors. This year it will be aligned with a full moon so it will be a unique view experience.
September 28 - New Moon Tour
- The first new moon of the Autumn and just after the equinox. The Moon will be located on the same side of the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere. Dark Sky photography will be at its peak during this tour.