Public Star Gazing Schedule

The public is invited to join the MVAS for star gazing at various locations around the Mohawk Valley from May to November. MVAS members will set up their telescopes and encourage you to view the many wonders of the universe through them. (Driving Directions) They will gladly answer your questions, explain what you have seen and point out where the objects are in the sky. If you have access to a pair of binoculars, bring them along and we'll help you locate objects yourself. No matter what the season or forecast, dress warmer than you think is necessary; you won't be sorry. You may want to bring along mosquito repellant. Weather conditions may cause cancellations, which will be noted below.

If your group is interested in scheduling a star gazing event anytime (even between Oct and May), please contact the webmaster from our Home Page.

2014 Schedule
Saturdays, Dusk to midnight, unless otherwise noted

Date Location

May 3
canceled

Observe a Star up close, safely: "Our Sun." New Hartford Sherrill Brook Park, Route 12 S, New Hartford, NY. 5:00 pm until sunset, clouds permitting. Our solar telescopes will be set up on the basketball court for this rare opportunity.

May 3

"Saturn and Moon Watch" plus Star Gazing at New Hartford Sherrill Brook Park, Route 12 S, New Hartford, NY, dusk to 11 pm. We'll have our optical telescopes set up on the basketball court. Saturn will be a highlight.

May 24 Star Gazing, Waterville Public Library, BB Observatory, 206 White Street, Waterville, NY.
May 30 Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Boonville Fair Grounds, 222 Schuyler St, Boonville, NY, immediately following the luminary service
May 31 Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Rome School of the Deaf, 401 Turin St., Rome, NY, immediately following the luminary service.
June 7 Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Mohawk Valley Community College, Sherman Drive, Utica, NY, immediately following the luminary service. Deciphering the Celestial Movements of the Stars, Sun, Moon and Planets
Tom Balonek, Prof. of Physics and Astronomy
June 21 Star Gazing at Colgate University's Foggy Bottom Observatory, located at the top of the hill at the end of Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY. Preceeded at 8:45 pm by a program in Colgate University's Ho Tung Visualization Laboratory, room 401, Ho Science Center, titled: "Deciphering the Celestial Movements of the Stars, Sun, Moon and Planets" presented by Tom Balonek, Prof. of Physics and Astronomy. Campus Map
June 28 Star Gazing, Waterville Public Library, BB Observatory, 206 White Street, Waterville, NY.
July 19 Star Gazing at New Hartford Sherrill Brook Park, Route 12 S, New Hartford, NY, dusk to 11 pm. We'll have our optical telescopes set up on the basketball court. Saturn will be a highlight.
July 26 Star Gazing, Waterville Public Library, BB Observatory, 206 White Street, Waterville, NY.
Aug 2 Prospect Library, 915 Trenton Falls St., Prospect, NY 13435. Program: "Our Milky Way Galaxy" at 7:30 pm in the library basement; Star gazing following in the quarry.

Aug 30

Star Gazing, Waterville Public Library, BB Observatory, 206 White Street, Waterville, NY.
Sep 19 Friday: Star Gazing, Waterville Public Library, BB Observatory, 206 White Street, Waterville, NY.
Sep 27 Star Gazing at New Hartford Sherrill Brook Park, Route 12 S, New Hartford, NY, dusk to 11 pm. We'll have our optical telescopes set up on the basketball court. Saturn will be a highlight.
Oct 4 Solar Observing at Herkimer County Community College's Fall Fest, noon to 3 pm weather permitting, on the lawn next to the Campus Center, 100 Reservoir Rd, Herkimer, NY. Safely observe our "Star," the Sun, up close.

Oct 18
canceled

Star Gazing, Waterville Public Library, BB Observatory, 206 White Street, Waterville, NY. 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Nov 15
Star Gazing, Waterville Public Library, BB Observatory, 206 White Street, Waterville, NY. 7:30 - 10:30 PM

Nov 22 stargazing canceled

Star Gazing, 7:30 pm, Mohawk Valley Community College track behind the athletic building. At 6:30 pm, Dr. Joe Ribaudo of Utica College will give a talk in the Information Technology Building, Room 225.
Dec 20 Star Gazing, Waterville Public Library, BB Observatory, 206 White Street, Waterville, NY. 7:30 - 10:30 PM.

Directions to star gazing locations