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Celebrate Spring at the Staunton River Star Party March 29th

Everyone is invited out to Staunton River State Park for an evening of stargazing on Saturday, March 29, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society (CHAOS) will be holding their Staunton River Star Party in the park March 27 – 30. For Saturday night only the star party will be open to the public, weather permitting.

A conjunction collage from an earleir star party by participant Steve Andrews

A conjunction collage from an earleir star party by participant Steve Andrews

Ready for viewing, waiting on the night

Ready for viewing, waiting on the night

The park is located in an area with very little light pollution. This provides an ideal location for the CHAOS astronomers who gather here with their telescopes for star parties each spring and fall. There will be presentations on viewing the heavens above as well as stations set up to see major planets, stars, and other celestial objects. 

Visitors should dress warmly as the weather will probably be cool. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Parking will be at the pool parking lot adjacent to the Visitor Center, in order to keep car headlights off the viewing area. There will be a short walk to the observing field beside the Visitor Center.

M81, Bode's Galaxy, shot at an earlier star party.

M81, Bode's Galaxy, shot at an earlier star party.

The public viewing night on March 29th is free of charge.

There is a fee to participate in the entire star party and pre-registration is required. For more information on attending the entire festival click here. For an earlier blog article with more pictures and details click here.

Staunton River State Park is located in Halifax County at 1170 Staunton Trail, Scottsburg, VA. For specific information about the park you may call 434-572-4623, or email

To make overnight reservations at Staunton River  call our Customer Service Center at 800-933-7275 or click here.

Come on out under the stars and celebrate spring at the Staunton River Star Party!

Published: 03/24/2014

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