Star Gazing Nights

Mount Wilson Observatory and the Los Angeles Astronomical Society host occasional free public star parties at the observatory.

Come join us for a public star party and spend a relaxing evening in the San Gabriel Mountains under the stars looking through telescopes provided by the members of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society! No RSVP necessary. This event is a fundraiser to support the outreach of the Mount Wilson Observatory and Los Angeles Astronomical Society. Donations are accepted at the front gate.


WHEN: Saturday November 19, 2022 | 4PM-12AM

WHERE: Mount Wilson Observatory, Upper Parking Lot. Enter through the main gate, a volunteer will direct you to the star party. 

WHAT: Highlights of the night will include fall and winter favorites like the Andromeda Galaxy, the Orion Nebula and the planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars.

WHY: Event is a fundraiser for the LAAS – donations appreciated!


Visiting information and driving directions with a map can be found here. 

Bring the kids as this is an event for the whole family. But please leave your dogs at home.

The Star Party will be held in the upper parking lot of Mount Wilson Observatory. The rest of the Observatory grounds will be closed to the public.

Bring red flashlights to use in the dark areas around the telescopes.

This event DOES NOT give access to the 60 inch or 100 inch telescopes. The Observatory grounds will be CLOSED and star party visitors will only be allowed in the upper lot, lower lot, and cafe area.

The observatory is at an elevation of 5,700 feet. Those with heart or respiratory issues should exercise caution when visiting.

The event is handicapped accessible. Please inform the parking lot attendant when you arrive. 

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