Seventeenth Annual Star Party

The 2019 seventeenth GLSG star party will be held September 26 through September 29, 2019. Mail in registration is now closed but you can still register at the welcome tent the day of the event! For your future planning, the 2020 star party is tentatively scheduled for September 17-20, 2020. Also, the 2021 star party is tentatively scheduled for September 9-12, 2021. We're excited to see you all at the star party! telescopes

Presenting this year is Dr. Larry Molnar, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Like the universe itself, Prof. Molnar has a three degree background (a BS from the University of Michigan and an MA and PhD from Harvard University). His thesis was a study of Cygnus X-3, a binary star at the edge of our galaxy shining brightly in X-rays with a relativistic jet of radio emitting plasma. His interests range widely, including asteroid families and radio emission from the rings of Saturn. He and his students research binary stars remotely, using a fully robotic 16-inch telescope located under the dark skies of northwest New Mexico.

General Information about the Star Party

Location and dark skies are the main attraction of this star party. Gladwin, MI is a central location that provides excellent observing without traveling hours into Northern Michigan. Limiting magnitudes are estimated to be around 6.5 at zenith with some minor light domes from the cities of Mt. Pleasant and Midland, some 30 miles away. This is a star party for the astronomer who loves to observe and mingle with other astronomers. Some practical and interesting talks are scheduled to enhance your weekend experience.

The GLSG star party will be held at the River Valley RV Park in Gladwin, MI. Directions and more information about the star party can be found in the registration form.