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Star Parties

 LVAAS Star Parties are held at the South Mountain Facility on East Rock Road, Allentown  

LVAAS Star Party Schedule for Saturday, March 28th

7pm  -  "Stars: where do they come from, where do they go?" by Veronica Fried, Charles Byron, Chris Gaunter and Charles Wirth from Emmaus High School's Astronomy Club

 8pm - a planetarium show presented by Pete Detterline

There will also be a planetarium show at 6pm for families with children aged 14 years and under.

 

Doors will be open 15 minutes before each show, and both the planetarium shows and Night Sky Network presentations will last for approximately 40 minutes. Seating is limited and once out seating capacity for a scheduled show has been reached and/or the show has started, the doors will be closed.

You may also have a chance to do some real stargazing with the help of an LVAAS member. If the sky is clear, you will be able to look at the Moon, a planet, a star cluster or even a distant galaxy using one of our telescopes. Weather permitting, the observatories will  be open from 7pm onwards.

LVAAS Star Parties are open to both LVAAS members and the general public so please come along and join in the fun - it is a great way to learn about astronomy!

The Red Shift snack bar and gift shop will be open all evening.

LVAAS is a member funded non-profit educational society. A $3.00 donation per adult will help us continue our outreach programs and would be greatly appreciated.

Star Party Etiquette

Flashlights: If you wish to utilize flash light around the site please use red lights only. If you do not own a red flash light, we have red covers available to use on top of your flashlight to reduce light pollution. When approaching any observatory or telescope, please make sure your flash light is turn off so that your eyes and those of the people around you have adjusted for optimal observing.

Parking: LVAAS star parties can attract many excited visitors, however, parking is limited. To ensure our parking is optimal, we often have members directing you to a parking place. When you have found a spot please turn off your headlights as soon as possible.

Pets: For safety reasons, no pets are allowed at LVAAS Star Parties.

Smoking: Smoking is not allowed on LVAAS property during a Star Party.

2015 Star Party Dates (Saturdays)
January CANCELLED July 25th
February CANCELLED August 22nd
March 28th September 19th
April 25th October 17th
May 23rd November 21st
June 27th December 19th

 

A NOTE TO PARENTS WITH YOUNG ASTRONOMERS

LVAAS makes every effort to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for our guests and welcomes families with young children. However, we cannot be responsible for the safety of your children during outside telescope viewing session. There will be no lights on outside the main building which means it will be very dark! There is a possibility that unattended children will wander off or trip over a telescope. We urge you not to allow you children to run around our site or be left unattended. You are solely responsible for the behavior and safety of you children while on LVAAS property.

 

 

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