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Family STAR Nights



Telescope viewing will be available as weather permits.

Upcoming 2014 Dates: 

Saturday, May 10(National Astronomy Day)

Saturday, June 7

Saturday, June 21 

Saturday, July 12 

Saturday, August 9 

Saturday, September 6

Saturday, October 4

Saturday, November 22

Saturday, December 6

On select weekends, Challenger Space Center hosts an entertaining and interactive astronomy night that is fun for the whole family. Please see the schedule above for dates and weather postings.

Family STAR Night Activities: 6:30 - 9 p.m.

The doors open at 6:30pm for fun hands-on activities, a simulated launch into space and our new "Scout Corner". At approximately 7:30pm, professional stargazer Tony LaConte gives an amazing interactive slide presentation on constellations, planets and upcoming sky events. Included are stories of the night sky, featuring folklore from many different cultures. 

"Scout Corner" will take place after the presentation. Weather permitting; attendees will have the opportunity to look through several different high-powered telescopes at the moon, planets, star clusters and more.


Scout Groups: please call 623.322.2001 at least one week ahead to reserve Scout Activity Packets for your group. This program addresses many of the Merit Badge, Belt Loop and Education Pin requirements for Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Family STAR Night  Event Cost:

$8 Per Person / $15 per Scout (includes packet & patch)
Children 3 & under free
Challenger members 25% off

Presented by Tony LaConte of Stargazing For Everyone


The Challenger Space Center will provide special accommodations for disabled individuals, including sign language interpreters, with advance notice of at least five days prior to attending the Challenger Space Center programs.