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Star Party at Catalina State Park

Phone: 520-628-5798

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Venue: Catalina State Park

Time: From: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Admission: Catalina State Park's Entrance Fee is $7 per vehicle (up to four adults). Primitive to full hookup camping sites are available at a fee of $15 to $30 depending on the type of camping site needed.


Catalina State Park will host a Star Party with astronomers who will be available to answer questions and discuss the elements of the night sky as darkness descends. Some amazing solar system and deep-sky objects are expected to be in the sky. These include the moon, planets Mercury and Venus at sunset, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, Andromeda Galaxy and other galaxies millions of light years away, gas clouds, multiple star systems and star clusters, remnants of a past supernovae, and other fascinating objects.  Visitors should meet at the main trailhead parking lot. When the night sky arrives, astronomers will volunteer their expertise and telescopes for visitors to view an assortment of night sky attractions including star clusters, galaxies and nebulae. Visitors should bring water, snacks, a red light (to protect everyone's night vision), sweater or jacket. This stargazing opportunity is supported by the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association with volunteers who bring telescopes to teach visitors about stars.