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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 members of the Des Moines Astronomical Society to observe celestial objects, colorful double stars and star clusters, meteor showers and more through high-powered telescopes!

2019 Star Parties

  • January 20, 8:30 pm - Midnight at Birdland Shelter View map
    Total lunar eclipse (full moon and supermoon!)
  • February 9, 7:30-9:30 pm at SCI
    Waxing crescent moon, Mars, Orion Nebula
  • March 9, 8:00-10:00 pm at Ewing Park View map
    Waxing crescent moon, Mars
  • April 13, 8:30-10:30 pm at Ashton Observatory View map
    Mars, waxing gibbous moon
  • May 18, 9:30-11:30 pm at Ewing Park View map
    Mars, Jupiter, "Blue Moon"
    PLUS: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 10 lunar orbit and return
  • June 8, 9:45-11:45 pm at Ewing Park View map
    Waxing crescent moon, Jupiter, Saturn
  • July 20, 8:00-10:00 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn
    PLUS: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing
  • August 10, 6:00 pm - Midnight at Ewing Park View map
    Perseid meteor shower, waxing gibbous moon, Jupiter, Saturn
  • September 7, 8:30-10:30 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn, Jupiter
  • October 5, 7:00-9:00 pm at SCI
    Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn, Jupiter
    PLUS: International Observe the Moon Night
  • November 11, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm at SCI
    Transit of Mercury
  • December 14, 7:00-9:00 pm at Birdland Shelter View map
    Geminid meteor shower, waxing gibbous moon

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

Events at Ewing Park are held in partnership with Des Moines Park and Recreation.

2019 Star Tours

SCI Star Parties are going on the road to communities across Iowa!

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