The SAS organizes monthly star parties at Green Lake and Paramount Park which are free and open to the public. People of all ages and background, including children, are welcome. These events offer to all the opportunity for telescopic viewing of sky objects as well as educational interaction of experienced, knowledgeable astronomers with each other and with participants who may have limited or minimal understanding of astronomy. A typical star party gathering features observing through at least two or more different types of telescopes provided by SAS members along with the opportunity to ask questions, to discuss the observation process, and to learn about many astronomical topics: solar system objects, deep space objects, constellations, types of telescopes, and any other topic of interest.
These star parties are scheduled each month for the Saturday evening closest to the first quarter moon, but the time for beginning each star party varies due to seasonal changes in sunset times. Also, if weather turns out to be unfavorable for observing, a cancellation notice for the affected star party will be posted here on the SAS site home page and in the Through the Clouds SAS forum at least two hours before the scheduled time for the event. Anyone planning to attend a star party should always check these sites for possible notice of cancellation before traveling to a star party site. And even if the weather seems ideal, bringing a warm coat and possibly a warm drink is always a good idea.
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The SAS also schedules star parties that are open only to SAS members. But SAS welcomes to the public star parties all who are curious about astronomy and interested in sharing the excitement and reward of astronomical discovery!
Star Party Dates & Times
Please see maps and directions for more information on the exact location of these star parties and how to get to them.
Please follow us on Twitter at @SeattleAstroSoc to get up-to-minute information of the star parties.
There are currently no more star parties open to the public scheduled for this year.
SAS-members-only star parties, currently held at Snoqualmie Point Park, are not open to the public. These star parties are scheduled to take place east of Seattle on the one Saturday of each month which is during or closest to the time of the new moon. SAS members may plan attendance at these star parties by checking the calendar or list of events below for the Snoqualmie Point Park Star Party dates and times.
These parties are only open to current SAS members. If you wish to attend, please join SAS.
Outreach star parties are hosted by SAS, and are specifically geared toward introducing the general public to astronomy.
There are currently no more star parties aimed at outreach for this year.