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 Rugged First Quarter Moon 9:00 PM

(FULL)
Saturday July 13th 2024

The rugged first quarter moon. The best time to view the moon is during %u201Cfirst quarter%u201D when the terminator (the line between night and day) runs down its middle. Main program starts at 9:00 PM

Bright Gibbous Moon 9:00 PM

(FULL)
Friday July 19th 2024

Bright Gibbous Moon. When it comes to the moon, %u201CGibbous%u201D means %u201Calmost full%u201D. The bright, nearly full, moon will be on the docket tonight not long after sunset. A good program for kids who are willing to stay up a bit later than usual. Program starts 9:00 PM

Bright Gibbous Moon 9:00 PM

(FULL)
Saturday July 20th 2024

Bright Gibbous Moon. When it comes to the moon, %u201CGibbous%u201D means %u201Calmost full%u201D. The bright, nearly full, moon will be on the docket tonight not long after sunset. A good program for kids who are willing to stay up a bit later than usual. Program starts 9:00 PM

The Milky Way!

(FULL)
Friday July 26th 2024

With the moon out of the way, we can admire the Milky Way arcing high overhead as soon as it is dark. Come learn about our home galaxy. Program starts 9:00 PM

The Milky Way! 9:00 PM

(FULL)
Saturday July 27th 2024

With the moon out of the way, we can admire the Milky Way arcing high overhead as soon as it is dark. Come learn about our home galaxy. Program starts 9:00 PM

ADDITIONAL PASSES: Rugged First Quarter Moon 9:00 PM

(4 spots left)
Saturday July 13th 2024

The rugged first quarter moon. The best time to view the moon is during first quarter when the terminator (the line between night and day) runs down its middle. Main program starts at 9:00 PM

Stellar Nurseries: 8:45 PM

(26 spots left)
Friday August 2nd 2024

Under a dark, moonless sky, the numerous stellar nurseries that line the arc of the Milky Way are easily seen. These cottony clouds of gas and dust are where new stars are being born. Also, learn where the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy Lurks. Program starts 8:45 PM

Stellar Nurseries: 8:45 PM

(23 spots left)
Saturday August 3rd 2024

Under a dark, moonless sky, the numerous stellar nurseries that line the arc of the Milky Way are easily seen. These cottony clouds of gas and dust are where new stars are being born. Also, learn where the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy lurks. Program starts 8:45 PM

The Perseid Preview: 8:45 PM

(28 spots left)
Friday August 9th 2024

The Perseid Preview. Come learn about meteor showers and get info about the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower, which peaks during the morning hours the following Monday. Also, a rugged crescent moon. Program starts 8:45 PM

The Perseid Preview: 8:45 PM

(22 spots left)
Saturday August 10th 2024

The Perseid Preview. Come learn about meteor showers and get info about the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower, which peaks during the morning hours the following Monday. Also, a rugged crescent moon. Program starts 8:45 PM

My Favorite Crater: 8:30 PM

(30 spots left)
Friday August 16th 2024

My favorite Crater, Gassendi. The not-quite-full moon reveals one of its most compelling craters, which tells the story of the Moon%u2019s History. Program starts 8:30 PM

More Marvelous Milky-Way: 8:15 PM

(27 spots left)
Friday August 23rd 2024

More marvelous Milky Way! Cygnus the Swan, Aquila the Eagle, Scutum the Shield, and Sagittarius the Archer are arcing high overhead as soon as it is dark tonight. Program Starts at 8:15 PM

More Marvelous Milky-Way: 8:15 PM

(27 spots left)
Saturday August 24th 2024

More marvelous Milky Way! Cygnus the Swan, Aquila the Eagle, Scutum the Shield, and Sagittarius the Archer are arcing high overhead as soon as it is dark tonight. Program Starts at 8:15 PM

My Favorite Crater: 8:30 PM

(29 spots left)
Saturday August 17th 2024

My favorite Crater, Gassendi. The not-quite-full moon reveals one of its most compelling craters, which tells the story of the Moon's History. Program starts 8:30 PM

Cygnus the Swan: 8:00 PM

(29 spots left)
Friday August 30th 2024

Cygnus the Swan. A stellar nursery, star clusters, a marvelous colorful double star, and the remnants of a supernova blast, the Celestial Swan has it all! Program Starts 8:00 PM

Cygnus the Swan: 8:00 PM

(29 spots left)
Saturday August 31st 2024

Cygnus the Swan. A stellar nursery, star clusters, a marvelous colorful double star, and the remnants of a supernova blast, the Celestial Swan has it all! Program Starts 8:00 PM

Celestial Recycling Rings: 8:00 PM

(29 spots left)
Friday September 6th 2024

Celestial Recycling Rings. Stars like our sun blow huge, donut shaped %u201Csmoke rings%u201D when they finally die. Come learn about the fate of our home star, and see a few examples of the stellar recycling that they do. Program Starts 8:00 PM

Celestial Recycling Rings

(29 spots left)
Saturday September 7th 2024

Celestial Recycling Rings. Stars like our sun blow huge, donut shaped %u201Csmoke rings%u201D when they finally die. Come learn about the fate of our home star, and see a few examples of the stellar recycling that they do. Program Starts 8:00 PM