Because of the Valley's altitude and lack of bright city lights, Big Bear is an ideal destination for stargazing and viewing planetary movements and meteor showers. Plan your next stargazing session:
What's the best way to view the night sky?
- Look for a location away from bright nighttime lights and with a wide a view of the skies. 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. Many outdoor equipment stores sell headlamps with red and white LEDs.
- If you are new to stargazing, you might want to first use a pair of binoculars. Many celestial objects are visible with binoculars, including the moon and some planets.
- Download one of many free stargazing apps to help you navigate the sky above!
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 AstroVatch@gmail.com or visit bearvalleyastronomers.org.
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.
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