Star Parties

 

2017 Star Party dates (Saturday)

  • March 18 - rain date March 25

  • April 22 - rain date April 29

  • May 20 - rain date May 27

  • June 17 - rain date June 24

  • July 15 - rain date July 22

  • August 19 - rain date August 26

  • September 16 - rain date September 23

  • October 14 - rain date October 21

  • November 11 - rain date November 18

Starway to Heaven is our monthly observing night at The Meadow in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY. Here's a map.  

We typically set up and start observing within a half hour after sunset. You can find the time for sunset at Ward Pound Ridge here.

Our star parties are free and open to the public through the generosity of the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. We encourage you to bring your telescope, especially if you need help using or setting it up.

Don't have a telescope? You can look through our members' equipment.

Call 877-456-5778 for weather cancellations. A good rule of thumb: Don't show up if you can't count more than 10 bright stars. The Clear Sky Clock for Ward Pound Ridge is a good predictor of the night sky conditions. 

To ensure everyone enjoys the night sky safely and securely, please read our Star Party Dos and Don'ts

The WAA cannot guarantee the turnout of members and telescopes during the winter months.

 

 

Star Party postponed to March 25th

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 7:00pm

The weather for Saturday, March 18th looks terrible, so the first star party of the year will take place the following week, weather permitting, Saturday, March 25th at the Meadow Parking Lot, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, NY. See our Star Party page for more information. Please call our hot line 1-877-456-5778 for weather updates on the day of the event.

Star Party Saturday, October 29th

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 6:15pm

The star party on 10/22 was postponed because of inclement weather. The make-up star party will take place at the Meadow Parking Lot at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY on the 29th. Sunset is at 5:53; the sky should be dark enough for to begin by 7:00 pm. Bring your own telescope or view through members' instruments. More details about our star parties on the Star Party page.

Star Party June 25th

Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 8:30pm

The next star party will take place, weather permitting, on Saturday, June 25th at the Meadow Parking Lot at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. 

Since we're just after summer solstice, sunset will be at 8:31 pm and nautical twilight won't end until 9:51 pm. Jupiter, Mars and Saturn will be visible by 9:15 and once it gets dark, many galaxies, nebulas and star clusters will be observable.

The moon doesn't rise until after midnight.

Bring your own telescope or view through members' instruments. Free and open to the public.

Star Party March 5th

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 6:30pm

Meadow Parking Lot, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, NY

Our first regular star party of the year will take place, weather and ground conditions permitting, at the usual location in Cross River. Cloud/rain date is March 12th. Dress warmly! 

For last-minute updates, check our hotline 1-877-456-5778 or your email on Saturday around noon.

Sunset 5: 51 pm. Nautical twilight ends 6:49 pm. Astronomical twilight ends 7:21 pm. Moonrise not until 4:34 am.

Perseid Meteor Shower August 12th

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 9:00pm

WAA members will be viewing the Perseid Meteor Shower at its peak on the night of Wednesday, August 12th into Thursday morning. The moon will not be interfering with this year's shower. The maximum event rate, often between 60-100 meteors per hour, usually occurs after midnight. We will be at our usual observing site, the Meadow Parking Lot at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Bring a comfortable reclining chair (or even a blanket) and your eyes: telescopes or binoculars are not needed.

Next Star Party August 15

Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 8:00pm

Join fellow astronomy enthusiasts at our next star party, Saturday, August 15th at the Meadow Parking Lot, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, NY. Sunset is at 7:54 pm. Nautical twilight ends 9:02 pm, astronomical twilight ends 9:41 pm. Bring your own scope or observe through members' instruments. Check our hot line 877-456-5778 on the day of the event to confirm that it's on.

Star Party Saturday April 11

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 7:30pm

The weather forecast for Saturday, April 11th is very favorable with clear skies, temperatures in the 40's, very mild breeze.

Bring your own scope or view through members' instruments.

Meadow Parking Lot, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, NY

Sunset is at 7:30 pm
Nautical twilight ends 8:34 pm
Astronomical twilight ends 9:10 pm

 

 

Star Party March 14th

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 7:00pm

The first Starway to Heaven star party will take place, weather permitting, on Saturday at the Meadow Parking Lot at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River. Bring your own telescope or view through members' instruments.

Rain/cloud date is Saturday, March 21st. Check emails or our hot line for information closer to the scheduled date.

Sunset will be at 7:00 pm, nautical twilight ends at 7:58 pm and astronomical twilight at 8:30 pm.

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