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Star Parties

From common astronomical occurrences to rare cosmic phenomena, join us to learn about our solar system and beyond.

Join SCI staff and volunteers to observe celestial objects, colorful double stars and star clusters, meteor showers and more through high-powered telescopes! Engage with stargazing guides to investigate the science of our solar system. Each event has a unique focus!

Upcoming Star Party

  • Lunar Eclipse - Sunday, May 15 from 8;30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. @ Ewing Park 
  • Solar Viewing Party - Saturday, June 18 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. @ the Science Center of Iowa 
  • MOON - Saturday, July 9 from 9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. @ the Science Center of Iowa 
  • PERSIDS - Saturday, August 13 froom 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. 

PLEASE NOTE: Star Parties are weather dependent and are subject to cancellation. Check the SCI website and Facebook for updates on the event.

Star Parties are offered through a partnership with Des Moines Parks & Recreation. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact volunteer@sciowa.org.

This project/material is based upon work supported by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium under NASA Award No. 80NSSC20M0107.