Public Stargazing Schedule

The public is invited to join the MVAS for stargazing 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 stargazing event, please contact the webmaster using our "Contact Us" Page.

2024 Public Stargazing Schedule

Date Location Time
Jan 13 Cancelled Stargazing, Barton-Brown Observatory. cloudy & rain/snow 7:00-10:00pm
Feb 3 Stargazing, Barton-Brown Observatory. 7:00-10:00pm
Mar 9 Stargazing, Barton-Brown Observatory. 7:30-11:00pm
Mar 30 Solar Eclipse 2024, Prospect Free Library, 116 State St., Prospect, NY. This public talk starting at 1:00 PM will explain the upcoming April 8, 2024 Solar Eclipse, what to expect, and how to enjoy it. 1:00-2:00pm
Apr 13 Stargazing, Barton-Brown Observatory. 8:00-11:15pm
May 11 Stargazing, New Hartford Sherrill Brook Park, Rte 12 S, New Hartford. Our night time telescopes will be set up on the northwest corner of the main parking lot to observe the awesome night sky. 8:45-11:45pm
Jun 20 Summer Solstice Celebration, Barton-Brown Observatory, 206 White St, Waterville, NY Followed by public stargazing in the Barton-Brown Observatory located behind the library building. Bring a lawn chair if you like. 7:00-11:00pm
Jul 6 Public Stargazing, Barton-Brown Observatory 9:30-12:00am
Jul 27 Program and Stargazing sponsored by the Prospect Library, Trenton Municipal Building, 8520 Old Poland Road, Barneveld, NY 13438. (Next to the firehouse just off Route 12) Program begins at 8:30 pm: TBA. Laser guided tours of the sky and stargazing will follow, weather permitting, until midnight. 8:30-12:00am
Sep 14 International Observe the Moon Night & Stargazing, New Hartford's Sherrill Brook Park, Rte 12 S, New Hartford, NY International Observe the Moon Night: Our telescopes will be set up on the northwest corner of the main parking lot to observe the Moon, awesome night sky, Jupiter, Saturn, etc. weather permitting. 7:30-11:00pm
Sep 28 Solar Observing, Herkimer County Community College, 100 Reservoir Rd, Herkimer, NY. Solar telescopes will be set up on the quad between the library, Tech Center and athletic center. Safely observe our "Star", the Sun, through special solar telescopes two weeks before a partial eclipse of the Sun. 12:00-4:00pm
Oct 26 Stargazing, Barton-Brown Observatory. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune will grace the fall sky along with star clusters, galaxies, etc. 7:30-11:00pm
Nov 23 Stargazing, Barton-Brown Observatory. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune will grace the fall sky along with star clusters, galaxies, etc. 7:00-10:00pm
Dec 28 Stargazing, Barton-Brown Observatory. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune will grace the fall sky along with star clusters, galaxies, etc. 7:00-10:00pm

Directions to stargazing locations