I love looking at the night sky, as a family one of favorite activities while at our local Girl Scout Family Camp is Star Watching. Everyone brings a towel or mat, lays down on ground and the staff explains the which stars we’re looking at and shares stories about the stars.
Although, it’s not camp, here’s some great local family-friendly Star Parties at both Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park and Griffith Observatory. Enjoy the night!
Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park Star Party
Come for a Star Party that gives you a grand tour of the universe! Join Allan and other amateur astronomers and have a look in the telescopes to see the marvels of the sky.
Take a guided tour of the constellations and learn the myths and facts about the cosmos. Observe the wonders of the night sky including nebulas, galaxies, star clusters and double stars. Casper’s Wilderness Park Star Party is set to take place every Saturday night through October 31, 2015
- Event – Free
Parking- $5.00 per vehicle
- Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park, 33401 Ortega Hwy.( P. O. Box 395), San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675/(949) 923-2210 or (949) 923-2207
Note: held only on evenings with clear skies (good weather). Call the Park at (949) 923-2210 for weather/sky updates or additional information
Griffth Park public telescopes and Star Parties
Colonel Griffith J. Griffith left funds in his will to build a public observatory in Los Angeles because he believed in the transformative power of observation. After looking through the research telescope at Mt. Wilson he said: “If all mankind could look through that telescope, it would change the world!” Since opening in 1935, Griffith Observatory has fulfilled his vision by offering public telescope viewing through the historic Zeiss telescope, historic coelostat (solar telescope), and portable telescopes on the lawn. More people have looked through the Zeiss telescope than any telescope in human history. More people have viewed the filtered disk of the Sun on the Observatory coelostat than any solar telescope on Earth.
Free public telescopes are available each evening the Observatory is open and skies are clear. Knowledgeable telescope demonstrators are available to guide visitors in observing. Please be aware that the demonstrators must cut off the line for each telescope by 9:30 p.m. or earlier to enable all viewing to be completed by 9:45 p.m. Hours of telescope operation are not the same as for the building (which closes at 10:00 p.m.)
To learn about what you can see in the night sky over Southern California, check our weekly Sky Report.
One Saturday a month, the Observatory hosts a public star party.
Free public star parties are held monthly at Griffith Observatory from 2:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. with the assistance of volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and The Planetary Society. They are a chance for the whole family to look at the Sun, Moon, visible planets and other objects, to try out a variety of telescopes, and to talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment.
Please be aware that the astronomers and telescope demonstrators must cut off the line for each telescope to enable all viewing to be completed by 9:45 p.m. Hours for telescope operation are not the same as for the building (which closes at 10:00 p.m.).
Public Star Parties for 2014-2015
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027Monthly Schedule of Star Parties
|January 24||July 25|
|February 28||August 22|
|March 28||September 19|
|April 25||October 17|
|May 30||November 21|
|June 20||December 19|