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!

First full day of Summer. 9:15 PM

(FULL)
Friday June 21st 2024

Come learn how astronomers define the first day of summer. See the alignment of the sun with our Summer Solstice window. Also, the full moon rises right at sunset. Main program starts 9:15 PM

Second full day of summer and Solar Observing 9:15 PM

(6 spots left)
Saturday June 22nd 2024

Come learn how astronomers define summer. See the alignment of the sun with our Summer Solstice window. Come see the sun through one of our solar telescopes at 7:00 PM before the program starts. The full moon rises before it is fully dark. Main program starts 9:15 PM

The Scorpion rises. 9:15 PM

(17 spots left)
Friday June 28th 2024

As it gets fully dark this week, Scorpius, the Scorpion, Rises. Sky is fully dark at around 11:00 PM. Main program starts 9:15 PM

The Scorpion rises. 9:15 PM

(21 spots left)
Saturday June 29th 2024

As it gets fully dark this week, Scorpius, the Scorpion, Rises. Sky is fully dark at around 11:00 PM. We%u2019ll be observing the sun through our solar telescopes at 7:00 PM if you%u2019d like to arrive early. Main program starts 9:15 PM

Celestial Fireworks! 9:15 PM

(16 spots left)
Friday July 5th 2024

Come learn about stars that go %u201CBoom!%u201D and one in particular that >might< burst into view later on this year. Main program starts 9:15 PM

Celestial Fireworks! 9:15 PM

(22 spots left)
Saturday July 6th 2024

Come learn about stars that go %u201CBoom!%u201D and one in particular that >might< burst into view later on this year. We%u2019ll be observing the sun through our solar telescopes at 7:00 PM if you%u2019d like to arrive early. Main program starts 9:15 PM

The Rugged First Quarter Moon 9:00 PM

(25 spots left)
Friday July 12th 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

The Rugged First Quarter Moon 9:00 PM

(28 spots left)
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

(25 spots left)
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

(23 spots left)
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!

(22 spots left)
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

(25 spots left)
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