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About Starry Hill

Starry Hill is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing astronomy education and stargazing activities to children and the adults connected to them. We are located near the town of Eatonville, WA, at a dark sky site. We offer planetarium shows, observatory tours, stargazing events and more.

Planetarium Shows

Our Planetarium is a theater with a dome-shaped screen above that creates an immersive you-are-there experience. We use it as a 'spaceship' to travel the Universe.

We offer shows that match state astronomy standards, general interest shows, stargazing shows and more. You can also choose from many mini-shows based on questions sent to us by kids.

Observatory Tours & Telescope Training

Our Observatory is a building with a dome-shaped roof and a large 300-mm telescope inside. During the day we use it as a classroom to teach about astronomy.

Outside the Observatory is an area we call the Viewing Platform. During the day we set it up with numerous telescopes to provide training in their use.

At night the Observatory and Platform are used to connect with the real universe during Star Parties.

Stargazing Events

The premier activity at Starry Hill is the Star Party -- an event in which many telescopes are used to view the treasures of the night sky.

Star parties begin in evening so that everyone can become familiar with the telescopes. We spend time in the planetarium learning how to find the targets.

Once twilight ends, everyone grabs a telescope and the hunt begins. Polaris, star clusters and galaxies are always part of the adventure. Shooting stars often streak by and Jupiter with its many moons, or Saturn with its grand rings, may be out. Astrophotography is available in the observatory for those interested in imaging a celestial treasure.

Our Star Parties are usually scheduled for moonless, August nights. They can be magical, unforgettable events for children and adults.

We also offer a comprehensive Star Guide so you can plan your own stargazing events. To take a video tour of Starry Hill, click here. To ask questions or to schedule a visit, please contact us.