Summer Star Parties Events

Summer Star Parties

 

We have completed our summer Star Party season for 2021.  Check out the recordings below for what you missing.

Also consider joining us this fall for Friday Night Star Parties.


Recordings

Here is a list of recordings of the Star Parties in Spring and Summer 2021:


COVID-19

Like everyone else, our plans need to account for the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic.    We plan to follow the direction of the government and advice of public health professionals to decide what we do.  It is very important to us also that our patrons feel safe attending and all our volunteers feel comfortable helping with the event. We are going to default to virtual events this summer and if things improve we will transition.

Are you wondering how a virtual star party works?

Go here to see recordings for the Fall 2020 Star Parties.


Spring & Summer Star Party Schedule

In the spring and summer of 2021 we will be hosting virtual online star parties via Zoom on the second Fridays from March through July starting about half an hour after sunset.  In August the Star Party will coincide with the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower on the night of August 12.

Friday, March 12 – 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CDT

Friday, April 9 – 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. CDT

Friday, May 14 – 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. CDT

Friday, June 11 -8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. CDT

Friday, July 9 -9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. CDT

Thursday, August 12 -8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. CDT (Perseid Meteor Shower)


General Information

We miss interacting with you in-person.  This is the next best thing until we do that again.  But there are also a few advantages to a virtual star party:

  • We do them rain or shine.  Clear skies are not a requirement to have one.
  • We get to take you places you normally could not come in person.  This includes neat apps we can share and views of a dark sky from our research observatory.

Last year we got to see all kinds of neat things.  Check out the recordings of the Star Parties last fall for a taste.

To join us a virtual Star Party just join us on Zoom at:

http://go.uis.edu/virtualstarparty

Zoom Meeting ID: 970 0930 5382

Password: stars