Star Party Info
Join Us Under Dark Skies
Next Star Party: January 3-5, 2014
Location: GMARS in Landers, CA
Saturday Star-B-Q (60-90 minutes before sunset)!
More about GMARS: Click here
GMARS Star Parties start on Friday afternoon/evening and continue till Sunday morning, when we clean up our mess from the weekend, break down the equipment, and head back home. On Saturday afternoon, we have our potluck Star-B-Q. The RAS provides the protein and the grill. Since it's a potluck, simply show up with a side dish, beverages, or dessert for all to share. Participation in the Star-B-Q is not required, of course.
Additional General Star Party Information
The Riverside Astronomical Society hosts monthly star parties, which are usually scheduled around weekends nearest the new moon (holidays and special events may cause that to shift now and then). They typically run from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning at the club's dark sky site, GMARS, in Landers, CA.
There are a few times throughout the year when the RAS holds their official monthly star party in other locations. Those locations include:
- Big Bear at the RTMC Astronomy Expo | More Info
- Mt. Laguna at Laguna Campground, Meadow Loop | More Info
- White Mountains at the Grandview Campground | More Info
- Borrego Springs for Nightfall | More Info
Unlike our GMARS star parties, the off-site star parties (those listed above) may have certain fees or attendance restrictions associated with them. Click a "more info" link to get details.
You do not need to be a member of the RAS or even own a telescope to attend any of our star parties. At our regular monthly star parties, there's always a telescope to look through and there's never a fee. We do ask that you familiarize yourself with GMARS before making your first visit. Having an idea of what to expect and what to do makes it a better experience for everyone involved.