International Starry Night



August 10, 2013

On August 10-11, people all over the world will gather in the dark to watch the Perseid Meteor shower. Appearing to shoot out of the constellation Perseus, this annual meteor shower has been striking awe into the hearts of humans for more than 2,000 years.

MRO is proud to announce its association with OneDarkSky which is organizing the International Starry Night of 2013 which will feature events all around the world as the Perseids light up the sky. Come witness this incredible event at the MRO.  MRO astronomers will lead guided tours of our world-class telescopes.

Due to overwhelming demand, registration for the event is closed.

EVENT DATE: August 10, 5pm-1am

What do I need to know?

Due to overwhelming demand, registration for the event is closed.

The event will be held on the Magdalena Ridge an hour southwest of Socorro, NM (directions).

Visitors should arrive at Water Canyon at the base of the Magdalena ridge between 4pm and 5pm. Please anticipate a 45 minute drive from Water Canyon to the Observatory.


Tours begin at 5:00 with the following schedule:

5:00-6:30 Tour Langmuir Laboratory
6:30-7:30 Tour MROI
7:30-8:30 Tour 2.4-m Telescope

Memorabilia will be available for sale. Cash only please.

What do I need to bring?

  • Food and water for the evening.
  • Warm clothing
  • Something to sit on (blanket, chair, or both)
  • A flashlight that emits red light (either a red LED flashlight, or a regular flashlight with something red like cloth or cellophane over it)
  • Telescopes if you have them
  • Bug spray
  • Binoculars
  • Telescope
  • Camera

The Socorro High School Golf Team will be cooking hotdogs and hamburgers which will be available for a small donation to the team.

To learn more about light pollution, the International Starry Night event, or the other observatories who are participating in Intl Starry Night (#iStarryNight), click here.

For questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.