So You're Thinking of Having A School Star Party
Members of the Hawaiian Astronomical Society look forward to and enjoy sharing our Hawaiian skies with the children and adults of Hawaii. We offer our services free of charge to public and private schools, as well as to groups like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. As you think about setting up your evening under the stars, we would like to offer suggestions to make the experience more enjoyable:
Choose an evening during which the moon is near its first quarter. This allows for the most comfortable and enjoyable viewing of our wonderful skies. Scheduling a star party near or during a full moon is not recommended as the view through a telescope is literally blinding, and the brightness of the moon also hides many of the other interesting things to look at in the night sky. Check with our star party coordinator (or google the moon phase) to help pick a suitable date.
Schedule viewing times after sunset. Although the moon may be in the sky, if you begin too long before sunset there will be very little for guests to see. Our coordinator will be able to indicate sunset time for your chosen date.
The darker the viewing area the better Select a viewing spot where telescopes can be set up away from large floodlighting, or if possible turn such lighting off for that particular evening. Choose an area accessible to cars. Cover any flashlights with dark red balloons secured with a rubber band. This will allow viewer's eyes to adjust to the "night light." Once eyes are accustomed to the available ambient light, additional light is not really needed.
When Ready to Request Your Star Party: Complete the request form. You will be contacted and final arrangements will be made. Unless another school or activity has requested to use the date you selected, you can assume that the date you requested will given first choice. Requests should be submitted a minimun of 45 days before the event to allow sufficient time to request volunteer astronomers to support the event.
If you need to talk with our star party coordinator please email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please Note: When requesting a Star Party, the start time on the request form must be a minimum of 20 minutes after "sunset". This should be the time for the first group to be at the telescopes for viewing.
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