Welcome to the home page for the first annual Great Southwest Star Party. This year’s event will be held at the New Mexico Museum of Space history starting on Friday, May 31st through Sunday June 2nd.
Located in sunny and warm southern New Mexico you can expect comfortable conditions in a clean and amenity filled location. We have paved accommodations for RV’s and large tents as well as 2 and 3 bay spots for car camping. Indoor restrooms will be available 24 hours a day, food vendors will be on-site. Access to the museum, 4K theater and local attractions along with the comradery of fellow observers will make this a fun and unique event.
Sky conditions should be very favorable with average highs jut touching a dry 90F, nighttime lows averaging around 60F, precipitation zero. Nestled in the foothills of the Sacramento Mountains at an altitude of 4797 ft. the museum site offers clear skies with sweeping views of the Tularosa Basin and White Sands National Park.
RV sites are approximately 38’ x 30’ on level asphalt. The site is dry camping only, water and electricity are not provided.
Large car camping spots measure 30’ x 21’
Small car camping spots measure 20’ x 21’ with an adjacent 10’ x 7’ gravel berm.
We also have a few off lot camping areas, these include the use of one parking space for the event and is close to the paved telescope areas and activities.
NOTE: with the exception of the off lot camping area, all spots are on asphalt. Camp stakes and spikes are not allowed. If you are pitching a tent please allow for this and make sure you have a way to secure your tent without penetrating the asphalt surface.
White Sand National Monument tour -- Located just 20 miles from the Museum, White Sands National Monument offers an amazing environment of brilliant white dunes against the backdrop of the surrounding mountains and clear blue desert skies, box lunch included.
Sunspot/Apache Peak observatories tour
Along with the museum and local attractions there will be plenty to do during the daylight hours. Rocket building and launching class, speakers, and Southwestern themed events along with a few surprises will keep everyone well entertained.
We will also be raffling off a very special item on Sunday night so be sure to add that item to your registration to be eligible.
Saturday night will feature a very special “Alamogordo Lights Out” event. Local street and museum lighting will of course be off and black out rules will be in force every night starting at 8:30 pm. In addition, on Saturday night we will be asking the city of Alamogordo to turn off as much outdoor lighting as possible. This event is designed to raise light pollution public awareness as well as improve conditions for our event.
Friday, May 31st
Sunset – 8:12 pm, civil twilight ends – 8:40 pm
8:00 am -- Site opens, early check-in
10:00 am – 5:00 pm -- Check-in for participants opens
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm -- Complimentary BBQ
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm -- Welcome and presentation, guest speaker Dave Dooling, New Mexico Museum of Space History
8:30 pm -- Black out rules in force, observing begins, alternative bad weather program to 10:30 pm
Saturday, June 1st
Sunset – 8:13 pm, civil twilight ends – 8:41 pm
11:00 am – 4:00 pm -- Sunspot/Apache Peak observatory tour (lunch incl.)