Enchanted Skies Star Party

2017| Magdalena, NM

Milky Way over Star Village, Magdalena NM. Image by Ed Juddo.

Milky Way over Star Village, Magdalena, NM. Image by Ed Juddo. Ocober 2015

Star Party News

OCTOBER 2016 Enchanted Skies Star Party was a great success!

Thanks to all who attended for making this the best star party EVER!

OCTOBER 2017 currently being planned during the New Moon cycle between Oct 15-21, 2017. Come back for more details as planning progresses.



Contributing Sponsors for October 2016

Thanks to all the following sponsors for supporting amateur astronomy!

  • -Village of Magdalena/Magdalena Chamber of Commerce

  • -Magdalena Astronomical Society

  • -National Science Foundation/National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)/The Very Large Array

  • -Magdalena Ridge Observatory

  • -New Mexico Tech Astronomy Club

  • -New Mexico Tourism Department

  • -Socorro County Chamber of Commerce

  • -City of Socorro

  • Socorro Electric Cooperative

Memories from the October 2015 Enchanted Skies Star Party

Click HERE for images by Colleen Gino from her Oct 14th, 2015 visit to Magdalena Ridge Observatory.


Memories from the April 2015 Enchanted Skies Star Party

Click HERE. Images by Glenn Bigelow.

Click HERE for a Santa Fe Reporter article by Julie Ann Grimm.

“Enchanted Skies Star Party” in Magdalena, New Mexico

The Enchanted Skies Star Party offers a unique Southwestern Astronomy experience with many exciting features. Our 23rd annual star party is over and it was awesome! VIP tours of the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array and Magdalena Ridge Observatory was informative and fascinating. The dark sky viewing couldn’t be beat. Mary Weahkee, our star stories narrator and yucca weaver, informed us of the Native American heritage found here. Colleen Gino did a fantastic job with the Astrophotography workshop and follow up at Saturday’s open mic at the Bear Mountain Coffee House. Mike Magras gave a great presentation on the New Discoveries on Pluto! Thanks to Mary, Colleen and Mike! Thanks too to our host, Magdalena Chamber of Commerce, and our sponsor for the second year, NewMexicoTrue!

Start planning your trip to the Dark Skies of New Mexico next year! Watch the Star Party News column to the left for the 2017 dates!

“Last night I was moved, lifted off earth and transported close to what is far away.” Full quote here..Going Cosmic - Magdalena Star Party
Click HERE to listen to the April 2015 NPR/KUNM radio announcement!
See our video below to get an idea of the Magdalena Enchanted Skies Star Party experience!
Gateway to the Stars El Camino Real sponsors nm true