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.

Get it on Google Play
See you at JGAP!

The crescent moon and Saturn: 7:30 PM

(FULL)
Friday September 30th 2022

The rugged face of the moon, Saturn, Jupiter, and the brighter objects in the Milky-Way are highlights this weekend.

The Crescent Moon and Saturn: 7:15 PM

(1 spot left)
Saturday October 1st 2022

The rugged face of the moon, Saturn, Jupiter, and the brighter objects in the Milky-Way are highlights this weekend.

Jupiter, the Moon, Saturn line up: 7:00 PM

(18 spots left)
Friday October 7th 2022

Jupiter and Saturn will be joined by the moon whose rugged surface is fascinating to look at.

Jupiter Next to the Moon: 7:00 PM

(16 spots left)
Saturday October 8th 2022

As the moon rises, next to it will be the brilliant "star" Jupiter. We will talk about conjunctions, appulses and other close passes of celestial objects.

The Moon rises next to Mars: 7:00 PM

(20 spots left)
Friday October 14th 2022

Those who stay late (after 11:30 PM) will be able to see the waning gibbous moon rise next to the ruddy Mars, which is getting closer to Earth. We will talk about both. Earlier, we will see the setting Milky-Way.

Our Galactic Neighbor: Andromeda 7:00 PM

(6 spots left)
Saturday October 15th 2022

The closest large galaxy to our own Milky-Way is Andromeda. It is perfectly placed for viewing this week and next.

Our Family of Galaxies: 6:45 PM

(16 spots left)
Friday October 21st 2022

Our Milky-Way is a member of a family of galaxies called "The Local Group" which has some 50 members. At least 3 these are easy to see on dark nights. We will share views of them, and of Saturn and Jupiter, which are perfectly placed tonight.

Our Local Group of Galaxies: 6:45 PM

(10 spots left)
Saturday October 22nd 2022

Our Milky-Way is a member of a family of galaxies called "The Local Group" which has some 50 members. At least 3 these are easy to see on dark nights. We will share views of them, and of Saturn and Jupiter, which are perfectly placed tonight.