Astronomer in Residence: Dr. Tyler Nordgren

The first Grand Canyon Astronomer in Residence

Meet Dr. Tyler Nordgren
June 25 - July 16, 2021

Dr. Tyler Nordgren is a professional astronomer and artist. He holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Cornell University, where he did work on dark matter, as well as a B.A. in Physics from Reed College. For over a decade, he has worked with the National Park Service to turn the national parks into the single largest source for public science and astronomy education in the world. His popular science book “Stars Above, Earth Below: A guide to astronomy in the national parks,” reveals what visitors to America’s national parks can observe in their dark night skies. The color illustrations in this book include both his night sky photography as well as vintage-style “travel posters” he designed to help the public learn about and see the astronomical wonders in the sky.

As Grand Canyon's first Astronomer in Residence, Tyler spent his time at the canyon interacting with visitors, photographing and illustrating the night sky, and sharing tips for experiencing the park after dark. See below for links to content from his residency:

  • Thursday, July 1 at noon PDT Q&A interview on Grand Canyon Conservancy's Facebook page
  • Friday, July 9 at 9 p.m. PDT in-person at McKee Amphitheater at Grand Canyon National Park
  • Tuesday, July 13 at noon PDT presentation "Half the Park is After Dark" on Grand Canyon Conservancy's Facebook page

When asked about his residency, Tyler shared “Grand Canyon is the perfect place for an Astronomer in Residence: from the overlook out front of where I’m staying I see beautiful darkness both beneath and above me. The speed of light means as I look out into space above the horizon I am gazing back in time to the origin of the universe while beneath the horizon I see back in time halfway to the origin of the Earth. Sharing this view of space and time with visitors is no harder than simply stepping out of the way and letting them see it with their own eyes. You can’t miss it.”

For more information about Tyler, visit



Watch the recording of our live interview with Tyler from July 1, 2021. 


Dean Regas, our second Astronomer in Residence, interviewed Tyler Nordgren, our first Astronomer in Residence for an episode of his podcast, "Looking Up: Astronomical Observance From the Grand Canyon" to hear about Tyler's experience at Grand Canyon National Park.