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Star Parties

Experience the out-of-this-world space observation! Join SCI staff and members of the Des Moines Astronomical Society to take a look through high-powered telescopes and get a quick lesson on the basics of telescope operation. Guests will have the opportunity to observe celestial objects, colorful double stars and star clusters, meteor showers and more.

2018 Star Parties

  • January 9, 5:30–8:30 pm at SCI
    Stars and deep-sky objects
    PLUS: Café Scientifique presentation in the Star Theater planetarium, 6:00 pm
  • January 31, 5:30–8:30 am at Ewing Park View map
    Total lunar eclipse, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn
  • February 13, 6:00–8:15 pm at SCI
    Stars and deep-sky objects
    PLUS: Café Scientifique presentation in the Star Theater planetarium, 6:00 pm
  • March 24, 8:00–10:00 pm at Ewing Park - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
    Moon and Venus
    PLUS: How to Train Your Telescope workshop, 8:30 pm (will be rescheduled)
  • April 21, 8:30–11:30 pm at Ashton Observatory View map
    Lyrid meteor shower, Moon, Venus and Jupiter
  • May 12, 9:30–11:30 pm at Ewing Park - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
    Venus, Jupiter and Saturn
  • June 30, 9:45–11:45 pm at SCI
    Jupiter, Moon, Mars and Saturn
  • July 21, 9:30–11:30 pm at Ewing Park View map
    Venus, Jupiter, Moon, Saturn and Mars
    PLUS: One Small Step program at 10:00 pm
  • August 11, 6:00 pm–12:00 am at Ewing Park View map
    Perseid meteor shower
    PLUS: Activities, crafts and a movie under the stars
  • September 1, 8:30–10:30 pm at SCI
    Jupiter, Saturn and Mars
  • October 20, 7:00–9:00 pm at Ewing Park View map
    Moon, Saturn and Mars
    PLUS: Spooky Stars program at 8:00 pm
  • November 17, 6:30–8:30 pm at Ewing Park View map
    Saturn, Mars and Moon
  • December 15, 10:00 pm–12:00 am at Ewing Park View map
    Geminid meteor shower, Moon and Mars

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.

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