Star Party

The Star Party is geared toward the Acton-Boxborough astronomy curriculum, which is now at the 7th grade level. 

The Star Party has indoor and outdoor (weather dependent) components and is held rain or shine. At the party, participants are introduced to star gazing by a Sky&Telescope Magazine representative before joining Galileo in the gym. Galileo, played by Mike Francis, gives the evening a historical spin, then encourages the audience to join the astronomers outside to view the stars. Note: Students must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

The winter and spring skies deliver spectacular shows from Saturn's rings to the Orion nebula to storms on Jupiter. The star gazers finish with hot cocoa, snacks, and take-home Starfinder Charts. See the Star Party at-home activities

For a star gazing forecast, click the Acton Star Party Clear Sky Clock: 

Learn your way around the night sky by finding constellations. Download and print the Star Finder at the NASA site.

Looking for the perfect book for star watchers of all ages

Stars for Starters, A Night Sky Poetry Guide by Mildred J. Nash is a terrific introduction to the constellations. This primer begins with celestial navigation, proceeds to year-round constellations, discusses the seasonal skies, and concludes with the zodiac and planets. The book uses poetry to symbolize the magic of the night skies and is an easy way to recall star facts. Students who attend the Star Party can meet the author.
Stars for Starters

How to Spot The International Space Station (ISS)

Follow this link for sighting opportunities in our local time zone. All sightings will occur within a few hours before or after sunrise or sunset. This is the optimum viewing period as the sun reflects off the space station and contrasts against the darker sky.

Astronomy Star Party 

All photos are courtesy of David McCormick.

Star Party Links

2017 Star Party Photos
2015 Star Party Photos
Slideshow Photographs by Sowntharya Ayyappan, ABRHS Student, PIP Volunteer
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Star Party Astronomers
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Galileo at Star Party 
Read about last year's event in the 
Beacon Article about the Star Party. See 2013 Star Party Photos, courtesy of David McCormick.