Astronomy and camping go together like campfires and smores. If your love of the outdoors includes star gazing, why not add an astronomy observatory star party to your RVing travels this winter?
Many observatories offer star parties with RV camping either on-site or nearby. Everyone from casual observers to astronomy buffs have a ball at these regular events held around the country.
Star parties are nighttime viewing gatherings at observatories where you’ll find amateur and professional astronomers giving educational programs to the public. Guests can view the night sky through powerful telescopes provided by groups holding the event.
Star parties are a fun way to learn about the universe and happenings in our galaxy and they’re often free, although special star parties that include dinner and drinks are also offered at some observatories.
Star Parties with RV Camping
To find a star party, just do an Internet search that includes “(your state) observatory.” Typically the observatory will have an events page that lists star party dates.
Here are just a few star parties with RV camping located in popular snowbird destinations. Happy star gazing!
The Southern Cross Astronomical Society hosts an big annual start party each winter complete with on-site overnight camping. The next one is February 8 – 14, 2016. WSP is held annually, usually during the new moon in February. The warm weather, coupled with dark skies, and possibly the steadies skies in North America attracts attendees from all over the frozen United States, Canada, and Europe giving the event an international flavor. The amateur astronomical “get-to-together”allows participants to meet and share observing ideas, astro-imaging techniques, as well as find out what’s new in the hobby. WSP offers a stellar daily line-up of speakers who are experts in their particular field.
Joshua Tree, CA
Escape the L.A. Madness and head to Joshua Tree for the Sky’s