Get your 2024 Banquet tickets!

It is that time to come together for a night of community, recognition, and celebration of a great year ahead of us. Click here!

Bonney Lake Stargazing

Details

Public

Type: Star Party

Keywords: Stargazing Star Party Bonney Lake

Held on: May 12, 2023 (Fri) at 08:00 PM to May 12, 2023 (Fri) at 11:45 PM

Sunset Times:

  • Official at 08:33 PM
  • Civil at 09:09 PM
  • Nautical at 09:55 PM
  • Astronomical at 10:50 PM

Lunar Phase:

Location: 27515 120th St E, Buckley, WA 98321

Event Coordinator: Alan Spurgeon

Overview

Come join us for a night of stargazing in a new darker location. We will have telescopes for people to look through or feel free to bring your own. The fun starts just after sunset.

We have moved closer to Buclkey in order to get out of the city lights.

For new astronomers we are starting off the night with a program we are calling "Welcome to Stargazing".

 

Map

Latitude 47.1501, Longitude -122.0643

More Information

It is May so it is guaranteed to be chilly. If you are bringing your own telescope please arrive before dark to set it up. We will be Star Gazing until midnight and will have several telescopes there for you to look through.

  • Wear warm clothes, even in July and August it can get chilly.
  • Bring the kids!
  • If you bring a flashlight then make sure it is red. No white lights at the event.
  • If you take a picture please make sure you have the flash turned off and take a long exposure.
  • No pets or children on leashes please. They have a tendency to get tangled and overturn telescopes.
  • Bring a comfy chair or blanket and binoculars if you have them to look up at the stars.
  • Bring a thermos of your favorite hot drink to help stay warm.
  • Our events are on school grounds so no alcohol allowed.

 

If you want to learn some basics on telescopes then we will talk about those starting at 8pm.

Welcome to Stargazing

For those new to astronomy we are going to start the night off with a "Welcome to Stargazing" presentation that begins just after sunset. In this you will be introduced to the night sky, learn how to locate some prominent stars and constellations, and learn how to star hop. Next we will discuss meteors, and satellites. Hopefully we will catch a glimpse of the space station as it passes overhead. When it is visible, we will learn about features of the moon. Finally we will take a look at 3 objects in the night sky thorugh a telescope. All along we will learn how to fill out our observation log.

Every month we will build upon our constellation and lunar knowledge and highlight 3 new deep sky objects. When possible we will take a look at a planet. Right now Venus and Mars are visible. For Jupiter and Saturn we will have to wait until August for them to be in the evening sky.

For those coming to the Welcome to Stargazing presentation please install the free app "Stellarium" onto your mobile device before hand. It is available in the app store for your device. This is the app we will use to help us find things in the night sky.

 

Announcements

9 months ago

Bonney Lake Stargazing starts soon!

Bonney Lake Stargazing starts shortly on May 12 (Fri) at 08:00 PM.

Other Star Party Events

  • Previous Star Party

  • APR
    28

    Covington Community Park Star Gaze

    Fri at 08:00 PM
    Open to Public

    This public "Star Gaze" event is authorized by the city of Covington, Parks & Recreation Department and is free of charge. Experienced astronomer volunteers from the Seattle Astronomical Society (SAS) bring their telescopes and binoculars to share with the public. Everyone is welcome including families with children.The Moon is near its "first quarter" phase and as such the Cresent Moon follows the setting Sun by less than ninety degrees and pleasantly preceeds fairly dark skies, ... more

    10 months ago

    Covington Community Park Star Gaze starts soon!

    Covington Community Park Star Gaze starts shortly on Apr 28 (Fri) at 08:00 PM.

    5 attending
  • Next Star Party

  • MAY
    13

    Paramount School Park Stargaze

    Sat at 08:30 PM
    Open to Public

    This public "Star Gaze" event is authorized by the city of Shoreline, Parks & Recreation Department and is free of charge. Experienced astronomers from the Seattle Astronomical Society (SAS) volunteer their time and telescopes and binoculars to share with the public. Everyone is welcome including families with children.The Moon is near its "third quarter" phase and as such the Moon does not rise until near or after midnight making Shoreline skies particularly dark and favorable for ... more

    9 months ago

    Paramount School Park Stargaze starts soon!

    Paramount School Park Stargaze starts shortly on May 13 (Sat) at 08:30 PM.

    5 attending