Winter Star Party (Allen/Zuppa)

    Stargazing in the Florida Keys

    By Willie J. Allen Jr. and Chris Zuppa

    Countless stars can be viewed from Scout Key — an ideal spot for stargazing. Established in 1984, the annual Winter Star Party is held in the Florida Keys. People have come from all over the world — including Australia, Asia and South America — to attend the annual event. Organizers boast that it is the only location in the continental United States where the Southern Cross can be viewed. The event has been a popular draw in previous years; you need reservations to attend. For more information, visit the Southern Cross Astronomical Society's website.