Harrison Bay Star Party - Cancelled due to poor weather conditions

Join the BAS at Harrison Bay State Park for the monthly Harrison Bay State Park Star Party! The BAS will have telescopes, binoculars, and night-sky experts eager to share the glories of the night sky.

There will be a nice variety of heavenly objects on display: the nearly Full Moon will be dominating the sky, with glowing Mars and brilliant Saturn riding high in the sky. The constellations of summer are in full-swing. In addition to telescopic wonders, there will be constellation identification, stories, and more.

Stargazing (and moongazing and planetgazing!) begins at 8:00 pm and should last until 10 or 11 pm or so (we'll stay as long as people want to look into our telescopes or the Rangers kick us out ;)

This event is FREE and everyone is welcome! In the event of inclement weather, this event will be repeated in September. Check www.barnardastronomy.org for updates on the day of the event.


From TN HWY 153, take TN HWY 58 North towards Decatur, TN. Travel 8.3 miles to Harrison Bay Road; turn left. There is a pretty big sign for the park. On Harrison Bay Road, travel approximately 1.5 miles to the main park entrance on the left - turn left. Stay to the right at the fork in the road and continue about 0.5 miles. Parking will be available around the Recreation Hall. Watch for signs to guide you in.

The observation field will be in the large parking area next to the Recreation Hall. Come and enjoy the sky!

Harrison Bay State Park Website

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  • Richard C.

    OK Folks -

    The eyes on the ground have come to the conclusion that we need to cancel tonight's Star Party. If you have a break in the clouds, check out the Super Moon tomorrow evening. And by all means come to the BAS Meeting at the Jones Observatory on Thursday - we have a great program lined up!

    There is also a Star Party at Cloudland Canyon State Park in 2 weeks (8/23). We will be back out at Harrison Bay on Saturday 9/13!

    1 · August 9

  • Richard C.

    Folks -

    The weather is looking uncooperative for a Star Party at Harrison Bay this evening (Saturday 8/9). However, we all know how fickle the weather can be.

    I am out of town this weekend, but I have Ralph McConnell and David Brandt keeping watch and working together to make a decision on whether the party is a "GO" or not. They will be reporting to me this afternoon between 3 & 4, and I will send an announcement out one way or another via email, Facebook, and Meetup. I will also post on the BAS website.

    1 · August 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for your reply, George, but the weather doesn't look good for tonight unless we get a good downpour during the day.

    August 9

  • George B.

    I'm going to try to come. If I can make it, I will bring some of my booms. CU there!

    August 7

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bringing my husband & our granddaughter. This will be her first time to a star party. She is interested in boomerangs, and tried to make one out of popsicle sticks, lol, so maybe a conversation with George Bell would be handy.

    August 7

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