Starfest 2016

Largest public astronomy event in central Massachusetts. Bring the entire family! Astronaut, rockets, telescopes, and more.

Aldrich observatory

Members enjoy access to a "dark site" in scenic Oakham, MA—out from under the light pollution of the cities. Construction of a roll-off-roof shed is nearly complete.


Check out our telescopes at more than 65 public libraries and colleges in Massachusetts

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Get directions

Public observing nights are held at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA

Upcoming events

Starfest 2016, public lectures, fairs, and chances to look through a telescope

In the News


We want to get the kids involved and excited. Now we have another tool that lets us do that.

Sue-Ellen Szymanski, Milford Library Milford Daily News

Telescopes, bottle rockets, Mentos geysers, gyroscopes and the space rover Curiosity are all part of the Aldrich Astronomical Society’s Starfest.

Catch a Flying Star at Starfest GoLocalWorcester Lifestyle Team

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  • Club Meeting Saturday Aug. 27...

    Please join us this Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7:30PM, for our regular astronomy club meeting at Anna Maria College. Outdoor stargazing using high powered telescopes and binoculars (weather permitting). Public is welcome to attend. Astronomy Meeting – Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc. Continue Reading
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    Join AAS President, Jim Zebrowski, as he presents a program about exploring Mars and talks about what is visible in the night sky at the Marlborough Council on Aging tonight, Monday August 22nd from 7-8pm. Afterwards, weather permitting, we will step outside and do some …

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  • Dr. Amanda Bosh lecture this past S...

    Aldrich Astronomical Society wants to thank Dr.Amanda Bosh for the excellent lecture she provided this past Saturday on Pluto and other bodies in the outer solar system. Her talk was extremely well received by the 43 people in attendance comprised by both Aldrich members, and …

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  • Dr. Nulsen Lecture breaks all atten...

    Aldrich Astronomical Society wants to thank Dr. Paul Nulsen for the excellent lecture he provided this past Saturday on Black holes and Galaxy Clusters. His talk was extremely well received by the record breaking attendance by both Aldrich members, and the general public. There were a …

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