|About Starry Hill|
|What is Starry Hill?|
Starry Hill is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing astronomy education and stargazing experiences
to children. We are located near the town of Eatonville, WA, at a dark sky site where the Milky Way still glows
brightly and the treasures of the night sky can be viewed. We offer daytime planetarium shows, observatory
tours and other astronomy-related
activities. In summer months, we also offer nighttime star parties. Read further for details
how to schedule a visit.
The Starry Hill Planetarium
The Starry Hill Planetarium is a theater with a dome-shaped screen above that creates an
immersive you-are-there experience. We use the Planetarium as a 'spaceship' to explore our Universe.
We have created numerous shows specifically for visitors to Starry Hill. We offer shows that match state
standards at different grade levels, shows for scouts, general
interest shows and more. Perhaps one of these shows will be perfect for your group or perhaps we can create a
new one just for you.
The Starry Hill Observatory
The Starry Hill
Observatory is where we connect with the real universe.
Under the Dome, there is a large telescope used for astrophotography -- the photographing of
celestial objects. And at the outdoor Platform, we offer a variety of telescopes for direct viewing of the night sky.
During the day, the Starry Hill Observatory is used as a classroom to teach about telescopes and
stargazing. At night it is used for actual star parties (described next).
Starry Hill Star Parties
The premier activity at Starry Hill is the Star Party -- an event in which a variety of telescopes are used
to hunt down the treasures of the night sky.
Star Parties are usually scheduled for moonless, August nights when the skies are more likely to be warm and
Our star parties begin in early evening while it is still light so that everyone can become familiar with the
telescopes. During twilight we spend time in the planetarium learning about the targets for the evening and how
Once twilight ends and the Milky Way is glowing above, the hunt begins. Polaris, double-stars, star clusters and
distant galaxies are always part of the hunt. Shooting stars often streak by and, if we are lucky, Jupiter with its
many moons, or Saturn with its grand rings, will be out. Astrophotography is available to those who are
Star Parties at Starry Hill can be magical, unforgettable events!
|Scheduling a Visit|
Starry Hill is owned and operated by two former classroom teachers who are dedicated to serving the children
of the Eatonville area and surrounding communities. We offer planetarium shows, observatory tours, telescope
training, stargazing events and more. Although there is no charge for our services, to schedule an
event, you must be a teacher or leader of a formal school, youth, civic, church or community
organization. If you are interested in bringing your group to Starry Hill,
please contact us to discuss a