The Villages Astronomy Club holds several special public events each year. We hold events for special astronomical occurances such as eclipses and unique conjunctions. We also hold regular star parties and daytime educational astronomy events.
- Oct 14 Partial Solar Eclipse
Homestead Recreation Center, 11am-5pm
Join us for viewing of the partial solar eclipse, and guided tours of the solar system. While this eclipse will be an annular eclipse elsewhere, here in The Villages the Moon will cover 56% of the Sun at its peak at 1:24pm.
The Villages Astronomy Club will have solar scopes, solar viewing glasses, and our Solar Walk at the event.
- Nov 4 Starry Starry Night
Truman Recreation Center Picnic Pavilion, 6:30pm-9pm
The Villages Astronomy Club will be showing the wonders of the night sky through their telescopes and giving tours of the constellations on this night. This event is open to all Villages Residents and Guests with passes, whether they are club members or not. See Jupiter and Saturn, the stars of the Summer Triangle, double stars, star clusters, and if the sky is especially clear we will have views of other galaxies.
Starry, Starry Nights
Nighttime Public Star Parties
At our twice yearly star parties, our astronomers show the public the skies through their telescopes and astronomical binoculars. See the Moon as you've never seen it before! See the planets, nebulas, star clusters, double and triple stars, and faraway galaxies with their own features.
Daytime Public Educational Event with Solar Viewing
Astronomy Day events typically occur in spring and fall. They include educational displays about our Sun and the solar system. Take a walking tour of our solar system on our Solar Walk, a scale model of the solar system with information at each stop as we go from the Sun to interstellar space beyond our solar system.
We will also have solar scopes to observe the Sun--see sunspots and if you're lucky we'll see solar prominences and flares.
Special Educational Sessions for Select Groups
Local educational groups arrange to have special events put on by our club's volunteers. These events will usually include a hands-on activity such as assembling a solar viewer, a model of the nearby stars, or construction of a planisphere. We also provide activities such as solar viewing or nighttime viewing, our Solar Walk, and educational presentations including displays.