The 2023 annual Heart of America Star Party was a by all accounts a success, in spite of uncooperative weather.

Check back soon for the 2024 HOASP schedule!


Embrace the Night Sky: A Great Experience for New and Experienced Stargazers

This year, we're excited to extend a warm welcome to beginners and aficionados alike. Whether you’re embarking on your astronomy journey or are already an avid and experienced observer, this event offers something special. Leave behind any worries about feeling overwhelmed – our engaging activities and workshops are for everyone to enjoy  a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

The Heart of America Star Party is the ASKC’s largest annual event, hosted at our 40-acre Dark Sky Site (DSS), about 75 miles south of Kansas City. 


2023 Annular Solar Eclipse on Saturday, October 14

Witness the breathtaking dance of the cosmos as we come together to experience the Annular Solar Eclipse. Engage in eclipse viewing activities and immerse yourself in the wonders of our solar system.

Workshops and activities will include:

  • Eclipse viewing activities
  • Solar filter making workshop


Guest Speakers

Delve into captivating talks presented by knowledgeable guest speakers on Friday and Saturday.

  • Friday 10/13 - Terry Conner (ASKC): "Eclipses"
  • Saturday 10/14 - Dr. Allison Kirkpatrick (University of Kansas): "Peering into the Depths with the James Webb Space Telescope"


Join us for:

🌌 Immerse yourself in a stunning dark sky environment with a 6.3 limiting magnitude (based on SQM-L averages).

🏞️ Enjoy ample space for tents, trailers, and RVs, with power hookups available on a first-come, first-served basis.

☔ Relax indoors if the weather takes a turn, with plenty of indoor spaces available.

🚿 Refresh with hot and cold showers, along with restroom facilities.

🏛️ Immerse yourself in a fun camp atmosphere, along with Civil War battle site tours.

🌳 Explore nearby nature preserves, perfect for bird watching and hiking enthusiasts.

🍔 Enjoy great food including "Star-B-Que" dinner on Saturday evening.


Not a Camper?

Convenient services and hotels are just a short drive away in Butler, MO. Services & hotels located in nearby Butler, MO (less than 30-minutes away) historic home of The Pennell hotel & restaurant.


2023 Apparel Preview:

Crewneck Sweatshirt


Short Sleeve T-shirt


Don't miss out on this stellar opportunity to connect with fellow astronomy enthusiasts, learn from experts, and revel in the beauty of the cosmos. Join us at the Heart of America Star Party 2023 for an unforgettable celestial journey. 

Book your spot now and let the universe inspire you!


2023 Schedule



Photos From Recent HOASPs









Aerial View of the 2017 HOASP

Credit: Jim Ketchum

Aerial View of the 2016 HOASP

Credit: Jim Ketchum