2019 STAR PARTY Dates (SATURDAY)
March 2 (rain/cloud date March 9)
March 30 (rain/cloud date April 6)
April 27 ((rain/cloud date May 4)
May 25 (rain/cloud date June 1)
June 29 (rain/cloud date July 6)
July 27 (rain/cloud date August 3)
August 24 (rain/cloud date August 31)
September 21 (rain/cloud date September 28)
October 19 (rain/cloud date October 26)
November 23 (rain/cloud date November 30)
Scroll down for the latest updates.
Call our club hot line (877) 456-5778 for weather updates/cancellations. WAA members receive email updates.
Starway to Heaven is our monthly observing night at the Meadow Parking Area in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY. We typically start observing within a half hour after sunset. You can find the time for sunset at Ward Pound Ridge here. Here’s a Google map. A detailed map of the park is here
You can see a map of what’s currently in the sky here. Use a planetarium program like Cartes du Ciel (free), Stellarium (free), TheSky (commercial) or SkySafari (commercial, for iOS, Android, MacOS only) to show the sky at future (or past) times.
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. You can also check the more detailed NOAA weather forecast for Ward Pound Ridge.
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.
LATEST STAR PARTY UPDATES
- October 13th Star Party (9/17/2018)
The next star party is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th. Go to the Star Party page for general information and directions.
- Star Party (9/15/2018)
The star party on Saturday, September 15th at dusk will take place at the usual spot: the Meadow Parking Lot at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, NY. map
The summer sky is full of wonderful celestial objects: the Milky Way, open and globular clusters, double stars and nebulas. Sunset is at 7:03 pm; the sky will be dark enough for observing by 7:45.
The event is free and open to the public. Bring your own telescope or view through members’ instruments. For more information about star parties, go to the Star Parties page.