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Stargazing Party

Saint J. Subaru Stargazing Party at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium

On Friday, August 10th, the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium will break the Guinness Record for the Largest Astronomy Lesson in the world! Be a part of the fun as we welcome 1,200 people to Main Street for a lesson with science educator Bobby Farlice-Rubio. Come early for local food trucks and astronomy experiments and stay for the live broadcast of the VPR Star Gazing Party with meteorologist Mark Breen of Eye On The Sky and VPR host Ric Cengeri.

Be sure to check back often to keep up on the latest news for this record breaking event! 

When?

Friday, August 10th is the date of our recordbreaking attempt. If rain is on the forecast, our backup date is August 11th. Please stay tuned to this site the week before the event and across the Fairbanks Museum social media accounts. If you'd like to be updated as to weather changes or want to RSVP, please click here (your RSVP will get you priority access to the event space, limitations apply)

  • 5:30 PM Gates open, food trucks open, games begin!
  • 7:30 PM Groups gather and are counted.
  • 8:15 PM Lesson starts, record broken!
  • 9:00 PM Live, on-site stargazing with Mark Breen

Where?

 

 

All activities will take place in front of the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium (1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury). For your safety and convenience, we're working with the Town of St. Johnsbury and the St. Johnsbury Police and Fire Departments to close Main Street to traffic during the stargazing event. For directions, click here.

Parking

If the map above does not load, parking will be available at the St. Johnsbury Academy Field House, the St. Johnsbury School, the Father Lively Center, and St. John the Evangelist Church (after 6:00 PM only).

Sponsors

FAQs

Can I make a reservation?

You can RSVP by clicking here. Your RSVP will get you priority access to the event space (limitations apply). Reservations will not be taken by phone or email.

Where can I stay in St. Johnsbury?

Ask for the "Stargazing Party" rate at the Comfort Inn & Suites for a discount and warm welcome. 

How will we be counted?

Once you arrive at the event you'll be given a plastic bracelet with a barcode. If you choose to leave (not encouraged) the record counting boundary your code is scanned and you are marked out. If you decide to re-enter the counting boundary your barcode will be scanned again, counting you in. 

What happens during the event?

During the 30 minute event you'll be grouped into clusters of 50 people and assigned a team leader. Team leaders and other staff will be wearing official event shirts for your convenience. 

What food options will there be?

There will be a selection of local food trucks within the record counting boundary that will open at 5:30 and close at 8:00, 15 minutes before the event is due to begin. Food is first come, first serve.

Are bathrooms available?

Porta Potties will be available within the record counting boundary.

Will there be activities for kids?

There will be a selection of astronomy activities leading up to the record breaking attempt. Check back soon for more detail.

When will the street be closing?

The street will officially close at 4:30 PM. Please seek alternate routes to parking.

Will the Museum be open?

The Museum will be closed after 7:15 and will re-open at 9:00.

What does Subaru mean in Japanese?

Subaru is the Japanese word for "Pleiades" or "Seven Sisters" and is the name of the bright cluster of stars in the constellation of Taurus the bull. You can see the Pleiades during the month of November when they are clearly visible, although you can typically only see six of the seven stars. The Subaru car logo, our main sponsor for this event, is an artistic rendition of those six stars.

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