Twelfth Annual Star Party

The 2014 Twelfth Annual Great Lakes Star Gaze Star Party will be held Sep. 18-21, 2014, at the River Valley RV Park in Gladwin, MI. Mail in registration is closed. You can still register in person at the star party. Just walk up to the welcome tent and tell us you would like to register. The tentative date for the following GLSG star party is Sep. 17-20, 2015. We are pleased to announce that David Levy will be our featured guest at the 2014 Great Lakes Star Gaze. An updated schedule is available in the schedule section.


David H. Levy is arguably one of the most enthusiastic and famous amateur astronomers of our time. Although he has never taken a class in astronomy, he has written over three dozen books, has written for three astronomy magazines, and has appeared on television programs featured on the Discovery and the Science Channels. Among David's accomplishments are 23 comet discoveries, the most famous being Shoemaker-Levy 9 that collided with Jupiter in 1994, over 500 asteroid discoveries, an Emmy for the documentary Three Minutes to Impact, five honorary doctorates in Science and a PhD which combines astronomy and English Literature. Currently, he is the editor of the web magazine Sky's Up! David continues to hunt for comets and asteroids, and lectures worldwide.

david levy

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.