Astronomers Conducting Monthly ‘Star Parties’

VALLEY FORGE PA – A “fun-filled and educational night of observing stars and planets through a variety of telescopes” provided for public use is promised by the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers, a volunteer-run non-profit that assists amateur astronomers in observation and scientific research, for June 16 from 8-11 p.m. at the Model Airplane Field at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

What the group calls its second monthly “star party” offers a chance for area residents to “see what few on Earth have ever seen, from constellations and nebulae to galaxies and star clusters, from double stars and the moon to the planets,” it said.

The event is free and open to those interested, but depends on good weather. Adults and children equally are welcome. Those hoping to attend are advised to call the group’s observing hotline at 484-367-5278 before leaving for the park.

Up to a dozen telescopes and binoculars on the field, each staffed by a knowledgeable volunteer astronomer. The group’s members also will distribute “Swag Bags” with games and activities for children, and a “Stargazing 101” kit for adults.

Future star parties will be held July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 13, and Nov. 17; all at sundown, and weather permitting.

Photo of Earth’s moon ©2018 by Erik C. Swanson, via Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers