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Star Parties - Explore the Solar System and Beyond

  • Overview

    Looking for a fun, innovative way to engage the whole family or an all-ages group? SCI offers events and programs that will bring learning to life for explorers of all ages! From common astronomical occurrences to rare cosmic phenomena, join us to learn about our solar system and beyond.

    Join SCI staff and volunteers to observe celestial objects, colorful double stars and star clusters, meteor showers and more through high-powered telescopes!

    Upcoming Star Parties

    • Saturday, June 19, 9:00 am-12:00 pm at SCI
      Solar telescope viewing during the Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market
    • Thursday, July 8, 9:30-11:30 pm at TBD
      Binocular viewing: Exploring the Summer Triangle (Plus: "Iowa Skies Tonight" program)
    • Thursday, July 29, 9:30-11:30 pm at SCI
      Saturn
    • Saturday, August 14, time and location TBD
      Perseid Meteor Shower
    • Thursday, September 2, 9:30-10:30 pm at SCI
      Jupiter