Hello and welcome to John Glenn Astronomy Park Program Reservation System! Program availability is based on the number of parking spaces that we have available. Currently, our limit is 70 cars. However, you may bring as many people with as you can fit in your car!

In order to keep things safe and fun, we require that you reserve your spot ahead of time. Please look through the available programs and choose the one that best fits your schedule. Please note that programs are weather dependent. We will send out an e-mail by noon on the day that a program is cancelled. So, be sure to watch for it if the weather looks cloudy.

We will occasionally add additional programs if there are interesting celestial events (comets, meteor showers, novae etc,.), so watch this space.

Before you come be sure to download the JGAP app. Our app, the JGApp, teaches you about the many features of our plaza, and how to use them to appreciate the movement of the Sun and Earth, the position of the stars, and the scale of the bodies in our solar system.

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See you at JGAP!

The Almost Full Moon and The Big Dipper 8:45 PM

(7 spots left)
Friday May 24th 2024

The almost full moon rises just at it gets fully dark, so galaxies and nebulae are difficult to see. But the Big Dipper has a striking double star called Mizar and Alcor, which can be admired with the naked eye and a telescope 8:45 PM

The Almost Full Moon and The Big Dipper 8:45 PM

(4 spots left)
Saturday May 25th 2024

The almost full moon rises just at it gets fully dark, so galaxies and nebulae are difficult to see. But the Big Dipper has a striking double star called Mizar and Alcor, which can be admired with the naked eye and a telescope 8:45 PM

Globular Clusters! 8:45 PM

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Friday May 31st 2024

One of the most beautiful objects in the spring and summer sky are globular cluster, great collections of hundreds of thousands of stars, we will be training our scopes on M3 and M13, the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules. They will be high overhead when skies are fully dark. 8:45 PM

Globular Clusters! 8:45 PM

(9 spots left)
Saturday June 1st 2024

One of the most beautiful objects in the spring and summer sky are globular cluster, great collections of hundreds of thousands of stars, we will be training our scopes on M3 and M13, the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules. They will be high overhead when skies are fully dark. 8:45 PM

More Galaxies! 9:00 PM

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Friday June 7th 2024

This is another dark night to admire the galaxies in the spring and early summer sky. One highlight: M104- the oddly shaped Sombrero Galaxy, which peeks up over the southern horizon at this time of year. 9:00 PM

More Galaxies: 9:00 PM

(20 spots left)
Saturday June 8th 2024

This is another dark night to admire the galaxies in the spring and early summer sky. One highlight: M104- the oddly shaped Sombrero Galaxy, which peeks up over the southern horizon at this time of year. 9:00 PM

Spring Turns into Summer: 9:00 PM

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Friday June 14th 2024

Spring is turning into summer later next week, and the sun is almost as far north as it will get. It will start to set in our Summer Solstice sun slot. Also, the rugged first quarter moon, including the Apollo 11, 16 and 17 sites. 9:00 PM

Spring turns into Summer: 9:00 PM

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Saturday June 15th 2024

Spring is turning into summer later next week, and the sun is almost as far north as it will get. It will start to set in our Summer Solstice sun slot. Also, the rugged first quarter moon, including the Apollo 11, 16 and 17 sites. 9:00 PM