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Registration Closed

Registration for the 2017 Fall Star Party is now closed. Please visit us on Saturday night (October 21st) if you can, and mark the date for next year's spring star party on your calendar - see more information below.

Dark Skies Are Getting Noticed!

Check out this news article about how a California company plans to setup a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) camp near the site of the Staunton River Star Party! The article specifically mentions that the CEO noted that the community is located in a part of the country deemed as having a dark skies designation. Thanks to everyone who has attended the star party and especially the staff at the park for keeping the skies dark!

What Is A Star Party?

Did you know that there are people among you that like to stay up all night and gaze up at the night sky? Well, there are (they're called amateur astronomers ... although there are some professionals that join us) and twice a year we come together at Staunton River State Park and look at stars and galaxies and planets and comets and all sorts of other wondrous things! If this sounds like fun, or you have a possible interest, please join us!

Public Observing Night

As we usually do, Saturday night during the star party will be open to the public from 8 PM until 11 PM. Everyone is welcome. Please visit the park website for more information about where to park. Those astronomers that wish to share views of the heavens and answer questions will be marked with special red glow sticks ... and there will even be a minor meteor shower that night to enjoy!

Spring Star Party Dates

We have already picked the dates for the 2018 spring star party. Mark you calendars for March 14th through the 18th! On Friday the 16th, we will probably have a celebration of the 268th birthday of Caroline Herschel ...

Astrophotography Contest

We will be holding our second annual astrophotography contest ... this year limited to photos taken at the star party (but any year). There will be two categories - deep space and solar system. If you have any good photos you have taken at past star parties, or want to take one this year, please enter the contest!