Astronomy Events

SCI is experiencing a season of space exploration! From common astronomical occurrences to rare cosmic phenomena, join us to learn about our solar system and beyond.

STAR PARTIES

Experience the out-of-this-world space observation! Join SCI staff and members of the Des Moines Astronomical Society (DMAS) 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.

2017 Star Parties

  • February 11, 6:30-8:30 pm at Ewing Park View map
    Lunar penumbral eclipse, Mars and Venus
  • March 4, 7:30-9:30 pm at Ewing Park View map
    Waxing crescent Moon, Mars and Venus
    PLUS: How to Train Your Telescope workshop, 8:30 pm
  • April 1, 8:00-10:00 pm at Ewing Park View map
    Waxing crescent Moon, Jupiter and Mars
  • April 22, 8:00-11:30 pm at Ashton Observatory View map
    Lyrid meteor shower
  • May 27, 9:15-11:15 pm at SCI
    Jupiter and Saturn
  • June 17, 9:30-11:30 pm at SCI
    Jupiter and Saturn
  • July 1, 9:45-11:45 pm at Ewing Park View map
    Waxing Gibbous Moon, Jupiter and Saturn
  • August 12, 6:00 pm - 12:00 am at Ewing Park View map
    Perseid meteor shower with Des Moines Park and Recreation
    PLUS: Activities, crafts and a movie under the stars
  • August 21, 11:45 am - 2:30 pm at the Iowa State Capitol
    Solar eclipse (Maximum eclipse at 1:08 pm)
  • September 2, 8:00-10:00 pm at SCI
    Waxing Gibbous Moon and Saturn
  • October 28, 7:00-9:00 pm at Ewing Park View map
    International Observe the Moon Night
    PLUS: Spooky Stars program at 8:00 pm
  • December 9, 10:00 pm - 12:00 am at Ewing Park View map
    Geminids meteor shower

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

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

 

NEW! STAR TOURS

SCI Star Parties are going on the road to communities across Iowa! Join SCI staff and volunteers for these Star Tours:

Star Tours are supported by NASA under Award No. NNX16AL88H.