Public Star Gazing Schedule

The public is invited to join the MVAS for star gazing at various locations around the Mohawk Valley and at our Barton-Brown Observatory (BBO). 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 during the summer months. Weather conditions may cause cancellations, which will be noted below.

If your group is interested in scheduling a star gazing event anytime, please contact the webmaster from our Home Page.

2021 Schedule - When Covid allows, dates will be posted
Saturdays, Dusk to midnight, unless otherwise noted

Date Location

Jan

Star Gazing, Waterville Public Library, BB Observatory, 206 White Street, Waterville, NY. 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Feb

Star Gazing, Waterville Public Library, BB Observatory, 206 White Street, Waterville, NY. 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Mar

Star Gazing, Waterville Public Library, BB Observatory, 206 White Street, Waterville, NY. 7:30 - 10:30 PM Venus will be at its highest for the year.
Apr Star Gazing, Waterville Public Library, BB Observatory, 206 White Street, Waterville, NY. 8:15 - 11:00 PM

May

Star Gazing, New Hartford Sherrill Brook Park, Rte 12 S, New Hartford, NY. Our night time telescopes will be on the basketball court dusk to midnight to observe the awesome night sky. 8:45 pm - midnight.
Jun Star Gazing, Cancer Society's Relay for Life, NYS School of the Deaf, 401 Turin St, St. Rome, NY, following the luminary service, which begins at 9 PM.
Jun Star Gazing, Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, NY, following the luminary service, which begins at 9 PM.
July Solar and Star Gazing, Canal Park in Little Falls, New York (we'll be on the parking spaces opposite the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts & Canalside Restaurant) as part of the Midsummer’s Night Picnic from 5-10 PM. There will be other activities, music, food, art nearby as part of the Thursday night event.
July Star Gazing, New Hartford Sherrill Brook Park, Rte 12 S, New Hartford, NY. Our telescopes will be set up on the basketball court dusk to midnight to observe the awesome night sky, Jupiter and Saturn.

Aug

Star Gazing, Waterville Public Library, BB Observatory, 206 White Street, Waterville, NY. 7:00 - 10:00 PM. Jupiter and Saturn will grace the fall sky.

Sep

Program and Stargazing sponsored by the Prospect Library. Location: Trenton Town Park, 8659 Fish Hatchery Rd, Remsen, NY 13438. Program: Laser guided tours of the sky and stargazing will follow using robotic/virtual telescopes weather permitting.

Oct

Solar Observing at Herkimer County Community College's Fall Fest, noon to 4 pm weather permitting, on the lawn next to the Campus Center, 100 Reservoir Rd, Herkimer, NY. Safely observe our "Star," the Sun, through special solar telescopes.

Oct

Star Gazing, Waterville Public Library, BB Observatory, 206 White Street, Waterville, NY. 7:30 - 11:00 PM. Observe the Fall sky, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and Neptune.
Nov
Star Gazing, Waterville Public Library, BB Observatory, 206 White Street, Waterville, NY. 7:00 - 10:00 PM. The Moon, Mars, Uranus and Neptune will grace the fall sky.
Dec Star Gazing, Waterville Public Library, BB Observatory, 206 White Street, Waterville, NY. 7:00 - 10:00 PM Mars will be bright and the Christmas Cross will adorn the northwest.

Directions to star gazing locations