Saturday Night Star Parties

The Jack C Davis Observatory hosts free star parties on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month year round, starting at 7:30 p.m. (except when there is snow on the roads). The evening starts with a lecture on one of numerous topics (see below) and then concludes with guided star viewing by one of our astronomers. Mike Thomas lectures 2nd Saturday Star Parties, and Dr. Tom Herring lectures on 4th Saturdays.

Lecture topics have included:

  • Alexander the Great
  • A Tour of the Universe
  • Celestial Wonders
  • Star Trek
  • The Trojan War
  • Greatest Discoveries in 400 Years of Astronomy
  • The Voyagers
  • Hubble Space Telescope Images
  • Top Ten Recent Astronomy Stories
  • Galileo the Astronomer
  • Jules Verne, the father of Science Fiction
  • Isaac Newton
  • Space Art
  • Kaguya, Japan Goes to the Moon
  • 2001 A Space Odyssey
  • Lord Horatio Nelson, Admiral of the Seas
  • A Giant Step The story of America’s journey to the Moon. Two 50 Min lectures.
  • Jack C. Davis Observatory Astrophotography
  • Omega Centauri, King of the Star Clusters
  • Flash Gordon
  • 2012, The End of the World?
  • Killer Asteroids from Outer Space
  • NASA-Project Mercury
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Wyatt Earp, The Legend

For more information, please contact Mike Thomas at or Dr. Tom Herring at