The 24th Annual Nebraska Star Party is July 23-28 at the Snake Campground at Merritt Reservoir, 27 miles south of Valentine, an area ideal for stargazing. Many activities are planned during the event and range from beginner to expert, for all ages. Check in and registration starts on Sunday, the Beginner’s Field School kicks off the activities on Monday, and there will be a children’s program, swap meet and speaker program at the Valentine High School on Wednesday. The public star party is Friday starting at 9 pm. Meals are available on site most evenings for a nominal fee. More information can be found online at