Bank Star Quest XIX
"Star Party" & Conference ( July 3 - July 6 , 2024 )
The Central Appalachian
Green Bank observatory is home to the GBT, the world's-largest steerable radio telescope!
Observing / Campsite field
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park is a local attraction
Star Quest XIX
is coming up,
it is will be held
July 3 thru July 6, 2024. Register in advance to
reserve your spot in this amazing event.
Green Bank Star Quest 18 is over
If you were not there you missed a
Everyone we talked to
said they had a great time. They said the talks were
entertaining and educational. (We have indoor
presentations of interest to amateur astronomers, at
all levels, from morning through the evening.)
We all had a good time renewing our Star Quest
friendships and making new ones. The atmosphere is
something like a family reunion, only better.
Participants enjoyed camping, cycling and hiking on
the Green Bank Observatory campus beneath the
amazing radio telescopes. Some rode the Cass Scenic
Railroad's steam engine train. While we had a
children's rocket launch in previous years, this
year we added an adult rocket launch. This was well
received with lots of cheers as the rockets climbed
out of sight, then parachuted back to earth.
Despite the lack of clear night skies, all the
participants we spoke with plan to return to next
year's event. (You really can see the Milky
Way from horizon to horizon here when the weather
Star Quest is an optical and radio astronomy event,
held at the great dark sky site of the Green Bank
Observatory. We have interesting and informational lectures and
classes all four days of the event and
each evening. Observing right from your
campsite. There are showers and toilets down by the
observing field. Click the words "keynote speakers"
to see a list of all of this year's speakers.
We are planning a rocket launch and
other children's activities for the children again.
If you are coming for the full four-day event, you
can come in on Tuesday evening and get set up, then
just go to the registration desk on Wednesday
morning to check in.
For a sample of what we do at Star
Quest, see our Prior Event Schedule from 2023
If anyone would like to
donate a raffle prize for Star Quest 19, it would be
Contact Vice President -
and the Star Quest Facebook page will be updated
as information as it becomes available, or
Green Bank Star Quest - Site Info