|What is Starry Hill?|
Starry Hill is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing astronomy education and stargazing experiences to children
and the adults connected to them.
Starry Hill is located near the town of Eatonville, Washington, in the Cascade foothills at a dark-sky site where the Milky Way
glows brightly in the night sky.
Starry Hill consists of both a planetarium and an observatory.
The facilities are available for scheduling by teachers and other leaders of groups of children.
|The Starry Hill Planetarium|
The Starry Hill Planetarium is a theater with a 20-foot, dome-shaped screen directly above that creates an immersive you-
Although the Starry Hill Planetarium is capable of showing the same fulldome productions being played in commercial planetaria,
our focus is on custom shows to meet the needs of local audiences.
The planetarium can accommodate a maximum of 24 adults or 32 children. Contact us if you'd like to schedule a show for your
|The Starry Hill Observatory|
While the Starry Hill Planetarium is where we connect with a virtual universe, the Starry Hill Observatory is
connect with the real universe.
During the day, the observatory is used as a classroom to teach about telescopes and how they help us overcome challenges such
dimness of stellar objects, the rotation of the earth and light pollution.
At night, the observatory comes alive when its large viewing door is opened and the telescope and its camera are turned on and
used to take astrophotos.
|The Starry Hill Viewing Platform|
The Starry Hill Viewing Platform is where kids learn to use telescopes during daylight hours. Starry Hill offers a variety of
telescopes to learn on including
refractors, reflectors and compound scopes.
With a target set up 200 feet away, kids learn to point the telescope to the target, find the target in the finder scope, and then
sharply focus the eyepiece.
This activity is often done in preparation for a summer-time star party when the kids return in the evening and use the telescopes
to hunt for deep-space objects in the night sky.
|Starry Hill Star Parties|
The premier activity at Starry Hill is the Star Party -- an event in which a variety of telescopes are used to hunt down the
the night sky.
Once twilight ends and the Milky Way is glowing above, the hunt begins. Polaris, double-stars, star clusters and distant galaxies
are always part of the hunt.
Star Parties at Starry Hill can be magical, unforgettable events! Contact us if you'd like to schedule a star party for your group.