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!
2020 Star Parties
- Friday, January 10, 7:00-9:00 pm at SCI (CANCELLED)
Full Moon – Full Wolf Moon and Venus
- Sunday, February 9, 7:00-9:00 pm at Birdland Shelter View map
Full Moon – Supermoon – Full Snow Moon
- Saturday, March 7, 8:00-10:00 pm at Ewing Park View map
Waxing Gibbous Moon and Venus
- Saturday, April 11, 8:30-10:30 pm at SCI
Waning Gibbous Moon and Venus
- Saturday, April 25, 9:00-11:00 pm at Ashton Observatory View map
Lyrids Meteor Shower
- Saturday, May 23, 9:30-11:30 pm at SCI
Young Moon – Orion Nebula, Galilean Moons
- Sunday, July 5, 9:30-11:30 pm at Ewing Park View map
Full Moon – Full Buck Moon, Jupiter and Saturn
- Tuesday, July 14, 9:00-11:00 pm at SCI (Café Sci)
Jupiter at opposition, Saturn
- Saturday, August 15, 6:00-11:00 pm at Ewing Park View map
Perseids Meteor Shower
- Saturday, October 31, 7:00-9:00 pm at Ewing Park View map
Full Moon – Blue Moon (very spooky!)
- Friday, November 13, 6:30-8:30 pm at SCI (Family Night)
Old Moon, Jupiter and Mars
- Saturday, December 12, 6:30-8:30 pm at Ewing Park View map
Geminids Meteor Shower and Old Moon
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 and volunteers from the Des Moines Astronomical Society. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.