Stargazing Events in Louisville

Today is a big day! It’s been confirmed that the European Space Agency has landed the Philae lander on a comet over 317 million miles away. This is a great accomplishment and will hopefully lead to new and exciting data for astronomers to dissect.

Most of us are not astronomers, but many may enjoy stargazing. Looking for a relaxing evening? There’s nothing better than a clear sky to view constellations or a passing comet. Not sure how to get started or where to look? Help is on the way!

The Louisville Astronomical Society, also known as LAS, meets regularly in the Louisville area. They offer a variety of seminars and events that will help you become a more advanced stargazer.

This Friday, November 14th, the group will be hosting a public event at the planetarium from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. It will provide details on how to choose a great telescope. Guests will be able to interact with different scopes to learn key features to look for when purchasing their own.

With the holidays quickly approaching, Christmas wish lists are starting. The LAS workshop will help you find the perfect telescope to give as a gift. The planetarium is located at the University of Louisville at 106 W. Brandeis Ave. Admission is $5.00 for non LAS members.

If you’d like a little guidance while watching the sky, LAS is partnering with Bernheim Forest on Saturday, November 15th to host a special event. Sky Watch and Stories in the Stars will run from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

If the sky is clear, guests will have the opportunity to stargaze with the help of Bernheim’s volunteer naturalists. The Star Stories will take place even if the event is rained out. Don’t be alarmed by the cooler temperatures. Dress warmly, grab your favorite blanket and a thermos of hot chocolate before leaving.

Admission is $10.00 for Bernheim members, and $12.00 for non-members. Advanced registration is required. Bernheim Forest is located at on Hwy. 245 in Bullitt County, approximately one mile east of I-65. If you head that direction, allow time for potential traffic delays due to construction on I-65.

The Louisville Astronomical Society was founded in 1931. They meet monthly as a group, as well as host monthly events that are open to the public. Open events are regularly held at the Urban Astronomy Center on the backside of E.P. Tom Sawyer Park. Star Party dates vary each month, but are usually held on a Friday evening.

You are invited to join the Louisville Astronomical Society. Membership is $35.00 for a family, $30.00 for an individual and $15.00 for seniors or students.

There’s nothing better than walking into your own backyard and seeing the stars on a clear night. Looking for the perfect home where that can happen nightly? Contact us at 502-438-9138 to schedule showings of houses with some of the best star gazing views in Louisville.

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