|About Starry Hill|
|What is Starry Hill?|
Starry Hill is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing astronomy education and stargazing
to children. We are located near the town of Eatonville, WA, at a dark sky site. We offer
observatory tours, star parties and more. Read further for details on what is available and how to
schedule a visit.
The Starry Hill 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 explore the Universe.
We offer shows that match state astronomy
standards, shows for scouts, general
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
The Starry Hill Observatory is a building with a dome-shape roof and a large 300-mm telescope inside.
The viewing Platform is a large 'outdoor observatory' that we set up with numerous telescopes. Training in
the use of telescopes is available.
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
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 chooses 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, if we are lucky,
Jupiter with its
many moons, or Saturn with its grand rings, will be out.
Astrophotography is available in the observatory for those who'd like to try imaging a celestial treasure.
Star Parties at Starry Hill are usually scheduled for moonless, August nights. They can be magical,
unforgettable events for both children and adults!
|To Schedule a Visit|
Starry Hill is owned and run by two former classroom teachers. All services are free but, to schedule an
event, you must be a teacher or leader of a formal school, youth, church or community
organization. If you'd like to schedule an event, please contact