Big Bear Stargazing

The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Big Bear Lake sits in an ideal location for stargazing and night sky photography. Away from the bright, big city lights and at its high altitude, the night skies over the Big Bear valley stay dark enough to view constellations, meteor showers, and even the Milky Way!

However, the beautiful night sky is what we make it. Help us conserve our dark skies by turning off unneeded lights and limiting landscape lighting when the sun goes down. Not only will you make the night sky better, you'll be conserving energy as well!

Big Bear Stargazing 101

What's the best way to view the night sky?

Look for a location away from bright nighttime lights and with a wide view of the sky. It will take your eyes about 10-15 minutes to adapt to the dark. Use a red flashlight to keep your dark adaption intact; you will lose this using an ordinary flashlight. If you are new to stargazing, you might want to use a pair of binoculars. Many celestial objects are visible with binoculars, including the moon and some planets or download one of many free stargazing apps to help you navigate the sky above.

Start your star search with The Sky Live. View the astronomical events calendar by the Big Bear Valley Astronomical Society.

Celestial Events 2024

Big Bear Solar Observatory Tours

Tours the Big Bear Solar Observatory! Reservations are required, please call 909-866-5791 x210 or email or use the ONLINE FORM HERE. Tours are FREE but donations are welcome.

Astronomy at Big Bear Discovery Center

Head to the Big Bear Discovery Center on April 13, 2024 for a Star Party event with the Bear Valley Astronomical Society.

Big Bear's Night Sky Advocates

Big Bear Valley Astronomical Society

BBVAS is a group of Big Bear locals who come together to share the joy, wonder and science of Astronomy. They welcome all levels of astronomers in the Big Bear Valley.

BBVAS meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month at 6 PM via Zoom and hold monthly star parties on Saturdays closest to the new moon and Sidewalk Astronomy events in the Village on Saturdays closest to the first quarter moon. Both events are held during the Spring and Summer months only and weather permitting. For further information please contact Vatch Arouchian at or visit

Big Bear Solar Observatory

One of Big Bear's most iconic landmarks is the Solar Observatory, operated by the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The telescopes on the premises are specially made for observing and studying the Sun.

The Observatory does offer public tours of the grounds, check their website for info.

Help Big Bear Protect the Night Sky

Big Bear is a prime location for star gazing, but only if we keep it that way. Help the valley conserve the night skies by switching off unused lights at night - like landscape lighting, outdoor lights, and bright indoor lights.