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.