Star Parties

What is a star party?

Star parties are a great way to become acquainted with the real night sky. At least once a month, astronomy enthusiasts from across Middle Tennessee gather under a clear night sky to set up their telescopes and share the astronomical sights above. It doesn't matter whether you have a degree in astrophysics or don't know which end of a telescope to look in, everyone is welcome. Even if you're just a beginner, a star party can be a great introduction to the night sky.

To minimize the effects of light pollution, star parties are usually held at local parks away from downtown. Sometimes, though, local astronomy enthusiasts set up their telescopes right in front of Adventure Science Center for a look at brighter objects such as the Moon and planets.

The Nashville astronomy group is the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society (BSAS), but there are also seasonal star parties at Middle Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory. Gallatin is home to the Cumberland Astronomical Society. If you're interested in attending a star party, keep this page bookmarked. We'll always have a list of the next few observing sessions scheduled for the Nashville area.

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