|About Starry Hill|
Starry Hill is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing astronomy education and stargazing activities to
the adults connected to them. We are located near the town of Eatonville, WA, at a dark sky site. We offer
observatory tours, stargazing events and more.
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
We offer shows that match state astronomy
interest shows and more. Perhaps one of our shows would be perfect for your group. We often create new
shows when asked.
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
numerous telescopes to provide training in their use.
At night both the Observatory and Platform are used to connect with the real universe during Star
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 early evening so that everyone can become familiar with the
telescopes. During twilight we spend time in the planetarium learning how to find the targets.
Once twilight ends, everyone grabs a telescope and the hunt begins. Polaris, double-stars, 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
those who'd like to
try imaging a celestial treasure.
Our Star Parties are usually scheduled for moonless, August nights. They can be magical,
unforgettable events for children and adults!
To read some of the things kids have written about their field trips to Starry Hill, click here. If you have questions or if you'd like to schedule an event,