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JANUARY
January 16, 2016
Regional Meeting of Amateur Astronomers
Gardner-Webb University / Ritch Banquet Hall
Boiling Springs, North Carolina, USA
The Cleveland County Astronomical Society will host the Annual Regional Meeting of Amateur Astronomers This event opens at 8:00am with programs beginning at 10:00am. Featured will be speakers, astrophotography displays and contest, swap tables, equipment vendors, prize drawings, fellowship with amateur astronomers from the region, and a chance to find out about local events and facilities. solar and night observing (weather premitting)
FEBRUARY
February 5 - 6, 2016
European AstroFest
Kensington Conference and Events Centre
London, England, United Kingdom
Europe's largest astronomy and space convention, organized by Astronomy Now magazine. http://www.facebook.com/AstroFest
February 5 - 7, 2016
Spring Southern Star Party 2016
Night Sky Caravan Farm
Bonnievale, Western Province, South Africa
Held at the Night Sky Caravan Farm, Bonnievale South Africa. This will be an exciting two day event with an exciting line-up of speakers, astrophotographers, basic instruction for beginners, an exciting marathon observing challenge and the famous Astro Pub Quiz.
February 6, 2016
Death Valley Star Party
Death Valley National Park/Furnace Creek Resort
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort in Death Valley National Park invites the Las Vegas Astronomical Society to conduct their Annual Death Valley Star Party. Enjoy crystal clear desert skies at night. During the day enjoy horseback riding, golfing the world's lowest golf course, biking, touring Death Valley National Park, tennis, spa treatments, spring-fed pools, and gourmet meals at the beautiful Furnace Creek Resort. Call Phyllis at (760) 786-3353 for special Resort rates and additional information.
February 8 - 14, 2016
SCAS Winter Star Party
Florida Keys
Marathon, Florida, USA
At West Summerland Key (a.k.a. "Spanish Harbor Key") in the Florida Keys. Astrophotographers and amateur astronomers often bring their families from across the U.S. and around the globe to make it a truly international event. Southern winter skies are a real treat for our Canadian and northern friends! This special 6 day long "Stellar Star Party" includes vendors promoting their latest products for amateur astronomy, nationally recognized guest speakers, a popular "Kids Kamp", mirror-grinding lessons, the ever popular door prize giveaway on Friday afternoon and much more!
MARCH
March 4 - 5, 2016
Tri Star
Guilford Technical Community College
Jamestown, North Carolina, USA
The Triad Starfest, TriStar for short, is a gathering of astronomers of all types, from novice to professional, for a full day of presentations, displays, & observing. The event allows astronomy enthusiasts to share ideas, learn about a range of astronomical topics, get together with old friends, and make new ones. On the campus of GTCC in Jamestown, NC. In addition to a series of speakers scheduled throughout the day, there will be a wide range of astronomical displays, assorted astronomy-related vendors, prize drawings, "how-to" help for astronomy beginners, an astrophotography exhibition, and daytime and nighttime observing sessions (weather permitting).
March 10 - 13, 2016
Mid Atlantic Mirror Making Seminar
Mallard Lodge, Smyrna DE
Smyrna, DE, USA
The purpose of the Seminar is to introduce proven successful mirror making techniques and practices to those wishing to make their own mirrors. Special emphasis will be placed on successfully figuring the mirror. All mirror-making materials will be furnished and expert mirror makers will be available to guide each person’s activities. We will begin with 6” F-8, 8” F-6, and 10” F-6 mirrors and tools with diamond generated curves; ready for 220 grit. Successful mirror makers will leave the Seminar with a fine-figured mirror ready for aluminizing. They will also have the skills, knowledge and confidence to repeat the process as desired. Although our purpose is to ensure each mirror maker is successful, there is no guarantee of results.
March 10 - 12, 2017
Central European Deepsky Imaging Conference
Ars Electronica Center
Linz, Austria
Two whole days of sessions - covering all topics regarding astronomical imaging - should establish a new pan european information standard; for professionals as well as for beginners.
March 23 - 27, 2017
Isle of Wight Star Party
Isle of Wight, UK
Newport, Isle of Wight, Isle of Wight, England, UK
Come and Enjoy Some of the Darkest Skies in the South of England. Located at Brighstone Holiday Centre, on the southwest coast of the Isle of Wight, England and offering breathtaking, almost 180 degree views across the English Channel.
March 28, 2015
International Sidewalk Astronomy Night
various places around the world
Sidewalk Astronomers will be taking to the streets to share the night sky with the public around the world on the evening of April 20.
APRIL
April 6 - 9, 2016
Mid-South Star Gaze & Astronomy Conference
Rainwater Observatory & Planetarium
French Camp, Mississippi, USA
Rainwater Observatory is gearing up for its annual Midsouth Stargaze and Astronomy Conference coming up April 6-9, 2016! This event attracts amateur and professional astronomers from around the country. It is held under one of the darkest skies in the southeastern United States and just off the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway near the village of French Camp, Mississippi. Join us this year for fun, fellowship, observing, door prizes and fascinating presentations by professional research astronomers such as galaxy researcher, Dr. William Keel, exoplanet researcher, Dr. Angelle Tanner NASA recognized teacher-lecturer Dave Teske, space science artist-lecturer Edwin Faughn and much more!
April 6 - 10, 2016
Hodges Gardens Star Party
Hodges Gardens State Park
Florien, Louisiana, USA
The Baton Rouge Astronomical Society invites everyone to join us for the 8th Annual Hodges Gardens Star Party (formerly the Kisatchie Star Party). This is our 16th year to host this event (8 at Kisatchie, and 8 now at Hodges Gardens). Lodging options include tent camping on the observing field, RV camping and cabins within the park.
April 7 - 10, 2016
Southern Star Astronomical Convention
Wildacres Retreat
Little Switzerland, North Carolina, USA
The Southern Star Astronomical Convention is preparing for our 29th Anniversary celebration in 2015. Another great astronomy event! Thanks for your past support of this terrific astronomy conference. Check back in mid-February 2015 for the 2015 convention information. www.charlotteastronomers.org
April 7 - 8, 2016
NorthEast Astro-Imaging Conference (NEAIC)
Crowne Plaza Conference Center
Suffern, NY, USA
IMAGINE! In the past decade, NEAIC has grown in both size and stature, becoming one of the most eagerly anticipated astronomical imaging conferences in the United States. Devoted to all aspects of Astronomical Imaging, this two-day event hosts leaders and acknowledged experts in extra solar planets, variable star, minor planets, asteroids, comets, and supernova research with the intention of fostering pro-am collaborations. With attendance expected to be nearly 200, you will be very busy both days networking and learning from both amateur, semi-pro, and professional astronomers.
April 8 - 11, 2016
Beginning/Advanced Astronomy Camp for Adults
Mt. Lemmon Observatory
Tucson, Arizona, USA
Astronomy Camps are immersion adventures in DOING science. Participants become astronomers operating large telescopes (20, 60, 61-inch diameters), interacting with leading scientists, and interpreting their own scientific measurements. The Camps are held in the "Sky Island" environment of Mt. Lemmon Observatory (9200 feet). Participants observe not only by eye but also by recording celestial objects to learn first-hand about astronomy, physics, mathematics, and engineering. Camps include daytime lectures, tour of the University's Mirror Lab, and hands-on activities about forefront topics. No prior knowledge of astronomy is required.
April 9 - 10, 2016
Northeast Astronomy Forum, Space & Telescope Show (NEAF)
Rockland Community College
Suffern, NY, USA
THIS EXCITING TWO-DAY EVENT FEATURES: More than 120 on-site vendors, World-renowned speakers, Astro-imaging workshops, Daily solar observing, STARLAB planetarium shows, Getting Started classes for beginners, Space & Astronomy events for kids, and much much more!
April 16 - 17, 2010
North Central Region of the Astronomical League Convention
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, USA
he theme of the meeting is Generations: Past, Present and Future of the Telescope We will discuss the beginnings of modern astronomy to Galileo, his life and instruments and his tragic end. We will follow through the Evolution of Modern Astronomy discussing the people and their scientific instruments that have expanded our understanding of the universe. We will try to give you a peek at the Future of Modern Astronomy discussing the current and planned developments astronomy.
April 16 - 20, 2015
The Spring Equinox Star Party
Kelling Heath
Weybourne, England, United Kingdom
Main Weekend - Saturday 18th/Sunday 19th April. A number of Astronomy shops present and telescope tour on Saturday afternoon. Over 200 people were present at the 2014 event. All booking details on website.
April 17 - 18, 2010
NorthEast Astronomy Forum (NEAF)
Rockland Community College
Suffern, NY, USA
The world's largest astronomy show! Over 100 vendors, 8 speakers, Saturday and Sunday Workshops and much, much more.
April 17 - 19, 2015
Hay on Wye Dark Skies festival
Hay on Wye
Hereford, Powys, United Kingdom
The 2nd Hay on Wye Dark Sky Festival ceelbrating the ceautiful clear and dar skies of the Brecon Beacons International Dark Sky Reserve. Observe the Sun, telescope workshops, launch a rocket, great lectures and starry nights observing over a weekend of family fun.
April 22 - 29, 2017
The OzSky Star Safari (formerly the Deepest South Texas Star Safari)
Warrumbungles Mountain Motel
Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia
The OzSky Star Safari (formerly known as the Deepest South Texas Star Safari) is an exclusive annual event held near Coonabarabran, NSW - The Astronomy Capital of Australia - aimed primarily at assisting amateur observers from the Northern Hemisphere by providing them with the opportunity to experience the grandeur of the Southern skies without the need to transport large telescopes. OzSky 2016 will be held during the week of April 2-9, 2016 however many participants often choose to arrive in Sydney a few days earlier to explore the City of Sydney or simply to acclimatize to the local time zone. For further details, including booking and registration information, please visit: http://www.OzSky.org .
April 25 - 26, 2014
Stokes Star Party
New Jersey School of Conservation, Stokes State Forest
Branchville, NJ, USA
"New Jersey" and "dark skies" are not usually companions within the same sentence, but the Stokes Star Party has begun a tradition of taking advantage of the remaining dark skies in the Garden State. Nestled up in the far Northwest corner of the state is Stokes State Forest, inside of which is found the 240-acre abode of the New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC). As such, the NJSOC has become an ideal setting for star-gazing under night skies that are the least obstructed by light pollution in the state.
April 25 - May 4, 2014
Autumn 2014 Southern Star Party
Night Sky Caravan Park
Bonnievale, Western Cape, South Africa
The Autumn 2014 Southern Star Party will be held at Night Sky Caravan Park, Bonnievale, South Africa, from April 25 to May 04. This two-week-end event promises to be a spectacular observing experience.
April 27 - 30, 2011
Mid-South Star Gaze
Rainwater Observatory
French Camp, Mississippi, USA
Astronomy conference and star party with speakers, educational workshop, and vendors. .65m Sangre telescope available
April 28 - May 1, 2011
South Jersey Astronomy Club Spring Star Party
Belleplain State Forest
Belleplain, New Jersey, USA
SJAC Sring Star Party will be held at one of the darkest sites in the region -- the athletic field at Belleplain State forest.
April 30, 2016
AstroDay Festival
Prince Kuhio Plaza
Hilo, Hawaii, USA
The 15th Annual award winning AstroDay Festival will be back at the Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo, Hawaii on Saturday, April 30 from 10 am until 4 pm. Featuring exhibits, demonstrations and presentations from the Maunakea Observatories and many other science organizations in Hawaii, StarLab Planetarium shows, robotics demonstrations, telescope viewing, and other fun activities for all ages. The award ceremony for the Mauna Kea Coin Contest will also be held during AstroDay. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.mkaoc.org/programming/astroday
MAY
May 1 - 8, 2016
Texas Star Party
3500 acre ranch
Ft. Davis, TX, USA
Week-long gathering of 500+ amateur astronomers under very dark skies, afternoon and evening talks, vendors, astrophoto, sketching, ATM, and observing activities and contests.
May 5 - 8, 2016
South Pacific Star Party (Australia)
Wiruna - ASNSW's Premier Dark Sky Site
Ilford, New South Wales, Australia
The South Pacific Star Party (SPSP) is an Annual gathering of Amateur and professionl Astronomers from across Australia and the World. The SPSP typically includes formal daytime workshops, as well as formal and informal lectures, while evening events include observing, socialising, and public sky tours for those of you who are not so familiar with the stellar skyscape, or if you just want to view some of the more obscure objects in the sky.
May 5 - 7, 2016
Annual Meeting of the AAVSO
Crowne Plaza Hotel
St. Louis, MO, USA
May 5 - 8, 2016
Two Rivers Spring Star Party
2757 N 1st Ave
Barry, Illinois, USA
We invite you to come enjoy a weekend under the Stars at the Fourth Annual Two Rivers Spring Star Party. Explore the Universe on a 20 acre field. Come see if you can spot the Andromeda Globular Cluster. Guest Speakers, Raffle Drawing. Campers and Rv's along with pets are welcome. Visit the Birth Place of Mark Twain, Shopping nearby, Come work on an Astronomical Society Certificate, meet new friends, or get re-aquaitinted with old friends, Pre-Registration ends April 15th, walk ups will be higher. Catering is available. We are hard to find but worth the drive.
May 5 - 8, 2016
Rencontres Astronomiques du Printemps (RAP)
Craponne-sur-Arzon
Saint-Etienne, Le Puy en Velay, France
With more than 250 members, this is one of the largest event in France and Western Europe, from the binocular to the 800 mm dobson. See our website at http://www.astrorap.fr
May 5 - 8, 2016
Star Gaze Star Party XVI
Trap Pond State Park
Laurel, DE, USA
May 5 - 7, 2016
Spring Meeting of the AAVSO
Crown Plaza Hotel
St. Louis, MO, USA
AAVSO 105th Spring Meeting will be held May 5-7, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, MO. St. Louis was chosen partly because of its central location (a mere 450 miles from the geographic center of the continental US) and convenience to a major airport. It is also home to a fantastic science museum with planetarium, two local astronomy organizations, and plenty of interesting things for spouses to see and do.
May 6 - 8, 2016
Tennessee Spring Star Party
Fall Creek falls State Park
Pikeville, Tennessee, USA
Friday setup at 2:00pm-Speakers on Saturday-Observing both Friday and Saturday nights-. Venders at Inn-No registration fee. Pack up by 2:00pm Sunday-See details at CAS website or e-mail
May 6 - 8, 2016
Michiana Star Party Eight - MSP8
Dr. T.K. Lawless Park
Vandalia, Michigan, USA
The Michiana Astronomical Society will be holding it's eighth annual star party May 6th through May 8th 2016. Michiana Star Party Eight - MSP8 Location: Dr. T.K. Lawless Park 15122 Monkey Run Street Vandalia, MI 49095 It's about 35 miles north east of South Bend, IN.
May 6 - 8, 2016
Tennessee Spring Star party
Fall Creek Fall's State Part, Tn,
Pikeville , Tennessee, US
Friday setup at 2:00pm-Speakers on Saturday-Observing both Friday and Saturday nights-. Venders at Inn-No registration fee. Pack up by 2:00pm Sunday-See details at CAS website or e-mail
May 14, 2016
Astronomy Day
World Wide
Contact the Astronomy Day Headquarters or astronomy club or planetarium nearest you for more information for this fall Astronomy Day event. Be sure to put "Astronomy Day" in subject line.
May 26 - 30, 2016
RTMC Astronomy Expo
Camp Oakes
Big Bear City, CA, USA
Located in the San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear City, CA, is the RTMC Astronomy Expo. Come to the largest star party gathering in the west!
JUNE
June 1 - 4, 2016
Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival
Bryce Canyon National Park
Cedar City, Utah, USA
Annual Astronomy Festival under the last great sanctuary of dark skies. Oriented to general public. Solar viewing, workshops, science lectures, ranger talks, guest speakers, telescope viewing, and dark skies (limiting magnitude 7+). Guest astronomers with telescopes must register prior to arriving.
June 2 - 5, 2016
Wisconsin Observers Weekend
Hartman Creek State Park
Waupaca, WI, USA
Enjoy a laid-back weekend of observing at this regional event held under the dark skies of central Wisconsin. Sponsor: NEWSTAR (NorthEast Wisconsin STARgazers) Information: bpeter76@yahoo.com Web: WWW.new-star.org
June 2 - 8, 2016
Beginning Teen Astronomy Camp
Kitt Peak National Observatory
Tucson, Arizona, USA
Astronomy Camps are immersion adventures in DOING science. Since 1988, students have become astronomers, observing with large telescopes (16-90" diameters), interacting with leading scientists, and interpreting their own scientific measurements. The Camps are held on Kitt Peak National Observatory (6800 feet). Students observe and record celestial objects to learn first-hand about astronomy, physics, mathematics, and engineering. Camps include daytime lectures with hands-on activities about forefront topics as well as space art, field trips, group research projects, etc. Career opportunities are modeled by University faculty and by undergraduate and graduate students counselors. No prior knowledge of astronomy is required.
June 2 - 5, 2016
Cherry Springs Star Party
Cherry Springs State Park
Coudersport, Pennsylvania, USA
The Cherry Springs Star Party or CSSP will be held at Cherry Springs State Park near Coudersport, PA. Cherry Springs State Park is well known for very dark skies and we hope you'll enjoy them with us at the Cherry Springs Star Party!
June 3 - 5, 2016
9th Annual Bootleg Astronomers Star Party
Green River Conservation Area
Harmon, Il, USA
Come and explore the night skies with us under some of the darkest skies in the State of Illinois. We promise... You will be "WOWED"! Upon your arrival you will receive an informational packet provided by us, including your ticket for our fabulous door prize give-a way. We will provide free coffee, hot chocolate, & tea both nights. Tent & RV camping. Water and sanitary facilities on site. Electricity to charge your batteries/packs is available as well. We will provide several battery chargers for your use. (note, this is a wilderness area). Motels are available in nearby Princeton off I-80. Please visit our website for our registration form. "Bootleg Astronomers", Pillaging the Universe one Star at a time." http://bootlegastronomy.com/
June 4 - 11, 2016
Grand Canyon Star Party
Grand Canyon National Park North and South Rims
Tusayan, AZ, AZ, USA
The Grand Canyon Star Party is a public star party. You can volunteer with your telescope, or just join us under some of the darkest skies in the country. See the website for details.
June 8 - 11, 2016
Spacefest VII
Starr Pass Resort and Spa
Tucson, AZ, USA

Spacefest is a gathering of astronauts, space scientists, space artists, and space entrepreneurs.

This year's Spacefest VII features 3 full tracks of speakers, plus 31 Astronauts and NASA support personnel will be signing autographs. Some of the world's top space artists will be participating the invitation only Space Art Show. Two great space documentaries will screen all weekend, plus a special film preview TBA at the show.

The banquet offers seating with an astronaut or speaker. For the Astronaut Luncheon, on Friday, all attendees will be seated with an astronaut or one of the support personnel. For the Speaker Luncheon you will be seated with one of the speakers or authors.

June 11, 2016
Apollo Rendezvous Convention & Star Party
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery & John Bryan Observatory
Dayton, Ohio, USA
Apollo Rendezvous, hosted by the Miami Valley Astronomical Society in Dayton, Ohio, is one of the premier annual gatherings of amateur astronomers in the Midwest. Visit http://www.mvas.org/ or contact: Linda Weiss AR Chair ar@mvas.org
June 11, 2016
Apollo Rendezvous
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Dayton, OHIO, USA
Our guest speaker will be J. Kelly Beatty- Senior Editor of Sky & Telescope This Premier Midwest Convention has World Class Speakers, Digistar Planetarium shows, Vendors, Swap meet, Raffle, and Great Door Prizes, followed by a BBQ & Star Party!
June 16 - May 18, 2016
Symposium on Telescope Science
Ontario, CA, USA
The annual SAS Symposium has become one of the premiere events for amateur astronomers and for building pro-am collaborations. Amateurs, and some professionals, make presentations covering a wide range of topics, from imaging basics, to photometry, to spectroscopy, to instrumentation, and more. Observing targets reach from near-Earth to the edges of the Universe. If you're at least a little interested in astronomical research, this is one of the events you should plan to attend each year.
June 16 - 18, 2016
StarConn/100th Anniversary of the Van Vleck Observatory Symposium
CFA Hall, Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT, USA
Starconn is a day long astronomy 'convention.' It is held in the Center for the Arts and the Van Vleck Observatory at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. The day is the product of the Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford and is sponsored by the Astronomy Department of Wesleyan University. This year StarConn is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Van Vleck Observatory on Wesleyan's campus with the refurbished 20" Clark refractor.
June 17 - 25, 2016
Advanced Teen Astronomy Camp
Kitt Peak National Observatory
Tucson, Arizona, USA
Astronomy Camps are immersion adventures in DOING science. Since 1988, students have become astronomers conducting research projects with large optical (16-90" diameters) and radio telescopes (10-12 meters), interacting with leading scientists, and interpreting their own scientific measurements. The Camps are held on Kitt Peak National Observatory (6800 feet). Students observe and record celestial objects to learn first-hand about astronomy, physics, mathematics, and engineering. Camps include daytime lectures with hands-on activities about forefront topics as well as space art, field trips, group research projects, etc. Career opportunities are modeled by University faculty and by undergraduate and graduate students counselors.
June 27 - 28, 2016
Craters of the Moon Star Party
Craters of the Moon National Monument
Arco, Idaho, USA
Overnight camping sites available in the campground. RV overnight parking allowed in caves parking area for astronomers with a telescope. We are asked to not block the north pull-through parking.
June 29 - July 4, 2016
Rocky Mountain Star Stare
Gardner
Westcliffe, Colorado, USA
Rocky Mountain Star Stare 2016! Check out the website, http://www.rmss.org for all the information and details!
June 29 - July 3, 2016
Golden State Star Party
Frosty Acres Ranch
Adin, California, USA
Located at Frosty Acres Ranch near the town of Adin in northeast California, GSSP is at an elevation of 4400 feet with a stunning view of Mount Shasta 66 miles to the west. Our event combines excellent skies with picturesque wilderness and farmland, nearby towns, great catered food, and distance from city lights. This will be our 9th year in Adin.
June 29 - July 3, 2016
Rocky Mountain Star Stare
Gardner, CO
Pueblo, CO, United States
For over two decades, astronomers from across the U.S. and around the world have been gathering each summer in the mountains west of Colorado Springs. What draws them here each year? Dark skies. Not just dark skies, but dark skies with amazing transparency. These gazers of the stars are enjoying Rocky Mountain Star Stare!
JULY
July 1 - 4, 2016
Stargazing Manitoulin
Gordon's Park Dark Sky Preserve
Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
Excellent Star Party held in the RASC designated dark sky preserve at Gordon's Park with 360 degree viewing, no light pollution & the darkest skies in Ontario. Activities include a Campfire Welcome Reception, Public Observing Sessions, Laser Guided Sky Tours, Nature Interpretive Centre, Hiking Trails, Mini Putt, Horseshoes, Children's Playground & Pot Luck Supper. Please call 705-859-2470 to register or visit Gordon's Park website at www.gordonspark.com
July 1 - August 31, 2016
Thursday Night Astronomy Nights at Gordon's Park
Gordon's Park Dark Sky Preserve
Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
Every Thursday night in July and August at 9 PM, Gordon's Park offers a program that includes an orientation into astronomy, a review of planets, northern lights and solar systems, as well as instructions on the use of a planisphere (star map) to find objects in the night sky. Participants will learn how to star hop, view with the naked eye, & have the opportunity to try Bausch & Lomb wide-angle binoculars & observe through the Parks 8" Dobsonian Telescope. 705-859-2470, www.gordonspark.com
July 6 - 9, 2016
Green Bank Star Quest 8
Green Bank National Radio Asrtonomy Observatory
Green Bank, West Virginia, USA
Optical and radio astronomy star party. Held in the senic high mountain valley at the Green Bank National Radio Asrtonomy Observatory. Educational and fun event for the whole family. Camping, observing at you campsite, hot showers nearby, Snack Bar and hot home style meals available on site. Keynote speaker Dr. Seth Shostak and other noted speakers nightly. Workshops, presetations and childrens activities daily. Some of the best beautifull dark night skys (weather permitting) in the east. It may not be heaven but we feel it is pretty close.
July 6 - 9, 2016
Green Bank Star Quest
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Green Bank, WV, USA
Green bank Star Quest XIII at Green Bank, WV. Our 13th annual OPTICAL and RADIO star party. Featured Key Note Presentation by Dr. Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer and director of Center for SETI research. Other Presentations and clinics, on optical & radio astronomy, and astrophotography all held indoors . Solar and nighttime observing at your campsite. Campground has graveled roads, sanitary stations and a hot shower facility close by. Featuring: a Large raffle drawing, children's activities, cafeteria service available and venders on site. The 4-day registration fee is just $100. Limited bunk house accommodations for additional fee. Web site http://www.greenbankstarquest.org. Contact phone 304-669-3555.
July 8 - 10, 2016
Connecticut River Valley Astronomers Conjunction
Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center
Northfield, Massachusetts, USA
Join fellow stargazers from the across Northeast for a weekend among the stars during the 30th annual Connecticut River Valley Astronomers' Conjunction. Events include an exciting variety of guest speakers, solar and dark-sky nighttime observing, a swap table, an outdoor barbecue dinner, and camping at Barton Cove on the Connecticut River, home of nesting bald eagles. Check out our web site for the latest information as well as pictures of previous Conjunctions.
July 16 - 17, 2016
CWAS AstroFest
CSIRO Parkes Observatory's Visitors Centre
Parkes, Central West of New South Wale, Australia
The Central West of New South Wales boasts some of the darkest skies in Australia, and as such is a wonderful place to appreciate the wonders of the night sky. In an effort to foster, encourage and promote astronomy in the region, the Central West Astronomical Society is holding its annual festival of astronomy, or AstroFest, in July. The festival endeavours to bring to the people of the Central West world renowned astronomers, both professional and amateur, so they may share their enthusiasm and love of the heavens. The festival will be held over two days from 16-17 July 2016. A conference and associated events will provide fascinating insights into various aspects of modern astronomy.
July 29 - August 7, 2016
The Queensland Astrofest
Camp Duckadang
Linville, Queensland, Australia
The Queensland Astrofest, rated in the Top Ten of the world's best astrocamps (BBC 2007), is held annually at the Lions Club Camp Duckadang. It has a dark sky with bunk house accommodation. Generous catered meals are available twice a day. Queensland Astrofest boasts a unique nine day format. Each Saturday will have Vendor sales and talks from major speakers. Workshops run each day. The renowned Astro-Feast is held on the last Saturday night of the camp. Entries for the Erwin van der Velden Photography Awards are required to be lodged by the 5th August 2016, but the earlier you lodge them, the more chance of votes from camp attendees who come earlier in the week only. Registration will open April/May, check Qld Astrofest website closer to the date.
July 29 - August 6, 2016
Summer Star Party
Peppermint Park Camping Resort
Plainfield, Massachusetts, United States
DARK-SKY OBSERVING & CAMPING VACATION Come for a night or stay all 10 days. RAC holds the longest and most exciting star party, geared to both the serious observer, imager, and the whole family. Our location in the Berkshire Mtns. is known for its pristine dark skies, and gorgeous arching Milky Way. Don’t miss our Opening Festival and StarBQ with live music! > Large Open-grass Water & Electric equipped Telescope Field > FREE Wi-Fi > Huge Heated Refreshment & Lecture/EntertainmentTent > FREE Daily Continental Breakfast > Chicken StarBQ Sunday Aug. 9th > Exciting Astronomy Lectures including: Alan MacRobert, Senior Editor, S&T Magazine and Al Nagler, Optical Designer, TeleVue > Amazing Raffle Prizes: Win a TeleVue eyepieces!
July 30 - August 7, 2016
Mt. Kobau Star Party
Mt. Kobau
Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada
Dark sky observers' gathering held near August New Moon every summer since 1984. Wilderness site once chosen for international-scale observatory before project's cancellation. Please visit our web site for details. http://www.mksp.ca
July 30 - August 5, 2016
Nebraska Star Party
Merritt Reservoir
Valentine, Nebraska, USA
One of the darkest sky sites in the Mid-West. Star Party for families. It is also very friendly toward those who are beginning in the hobby of amateur astronomy and provides a Field School for them.
AUGUST
August 3 - 7, 2016
Indiana Family Star Party
Camp Cullom (90 acres)
Frankfort, Indiana, USA
2015 is the 13th year for Indiana's largest star party. Family-friendly and planned to reward experienced and inexperienced astronomers alike. Prairie Grass Observatory; 6 building facility with 28" Go-to, 16" LX200, 16" Newtonian, 7" refractor(in 13ft dome), 100 mm Binoculars, air-conditioned lecture hall. On-sight food, Speakers, Free Popcorn, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Free Donuts, camping, Hayrides, vendors, aircraft flyover. Free on-field Wi-Fi. Activities for Children. Playground, Exceptional Disc Golf course, H-Alpha solar viewing on 16" scope. Support: Wabash Valley Astronomical Society, Indiana Astronomical Society and Muncie Astronomy Club. Registration: www.indianastars.us or call Russ Kaspar:765-659-3338.
August 4 - 7, 2016
Stellafane
Breezy Hill
Springfield, Vermont, USA
Check our web site beginning in mid-May for full details. We are now open on Thursday for 3 nights of observing.
August 4 - 6, 2016
Julian Starfest
Menghini Winery
Julian, CA, USA
Julian Starfest, an astronomy exhibition and public starparty, is up and rolling to another great event at the Menghini Winery in Julian, CA. Julian, at 4,200', offers some of the darkest skies in Southern California and the Menghini Winery offers a beautiful venue. Starfest, now a joint effort between the San Diego Astronomy Association and the town of Julian, will only get bigger and better as the years pass. Last year we saw hundreds of campers and close to 1500 on Saturday evening for the free public star party. Talk about outreach! We hope to do as well this year.
August 5 - 8, 2015
Manitoulin Star Party
Gordon's Park Dark Sky Preserve
Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
Observe with telescopes & binoculars from the darkest skies in Ontario. 360 degree viewing, no light pollution and extremely dark skies with a 7.5 magnitude. Camping, Public Observing Sessions, Laser Guided Sky Tours, Wine & Cheese Welcome Reception, hiking trails, mini putt, horseshoes & Pot Luck Supper. www.gordonspark.com or 705-859-2470
August 5 - 7, 2016
Northwoods Starfest
Beaver Creek Reserve - Hobbs Observatory
Fall Creek, Wisconsin, USA
The Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society will hold the 29th annual Northwoods Starfest on August 5th-7th, 2015 at Hobbs Observatory near Fall Creek, Wisconsin. Details and registration information will be available on the CVAS website in late May or early June.
August 5 - 6, 2016
Public Observing Sessions & Laser Guided Sky Tour
Gordon's Park Dark Sky Preserve
Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
Excellent Introduction into Astronomy, these sessions are open to the public during the Manitoulin Star Party and are held in the dark sky preserve at Gordon’s Park. The evenings include looking through telescopes & observing with binoculars and an incredible laser guided sky tour. 705-859-2470, www.gordonspark.com
August 11 - 16, 2015
Table Mountain Star Party
Eden Valley Ranch
Oroville, WA, USA
The 2015 TMSP will once again be held Eden Valley Ranch about 9 miles East of Oroville, WA. Six days and five nights of great observing, as well as informal talks, workshops, seminars, commercial vendors, door prizes, a student-astronomer program, a telescope-makers contest, and a swap meet. Leisure activities include hiking, mountain bicycling, and other outdoor sports.
August 11 - 16, 2015
Oregon Star Party
Indian Trail Spring, Ochoco Natl Forest
Prineville, OR, United States
A gathering of 600+ amateur astronomers and their families, at Indian Trail Spring in the Ochoco National Forest. Located near the geographic center of Oregon at an elevation of 5000 feet, we have the darkest sky of any major star party in the continental United States. Activities for adults and Kids, speakers, vendors, swap meet, night sky tours,Telescope Walkabout. See website for all the details.
August 12 - 15, 2014
Perseids Meteor Party
Gordon's Park Dark Sky Preserve
Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
Come join us to observe the magnificent Perseids Meteor shower from our Dark Sky Preserve, with some of the darkest skies in Ontario and amazing 360 degree viewing, and great events. To register: 705-859-2470 To inquire: rita@gordonspark.com
August 13 - 16, 2015
Starfest
The River Place Park
Hanover, Ontario, Canada
The North York Astronomical Association invites you to attend its annual amateur astronomy conference and star party. August 13-16, 2015. Our theme this year is "Planetary Explorations"! Starfest is Canada's largest annual amateur astronomy conference and star party attracting hundreds of astronomy enthusiasts from Ontario and neighbouring provinces and states. It has also been ranked among the top star parties in North America by Sky and Telescope magazine. Starfest offers a wide variety of observing-oriented activities to suit both beginners and advanced astronomers. You are invited to bring your telescope, astronomical images, and share your observing experiences with others.
August 13 - 16, 2015
Earth Wind and Sky Star Party
2757 N 1st Ave
Barry, Illionois, USA
We invite you to come enjoy a weekend under the Stars at the Fifth Annual Earth Wind and Sky Star Party. Explore the Universe on a 20 acre field under visual limiting Mag 6 skies. Guest Speakers, Raffle Drawing. Campers and Rv's along with pets are welcome. Visit the Birth Place of Mark Twain, Shopping nearby, Come work on an Astronomical Society Certificate, meet new friends, or get re-aquiainted with old friends, Pre-Registration ends July 15th walk ups will be higher. Catering is available. We are hard to find but worth the trip.
August 20 - 21, 2010
SFAA Yosemite Star Party at Glacier Point
Yosemite National Park
El Portal, California, USA
August 21 - 23, 2009
Arunah Hill Days
Arunah Hill Natural Science Center
Cummington, Massachusetts, USA
Dark Sky observing at 2004 ft. The event is free. Tent talks, Camping, solar oberserving, day hiking on our many trails and model rocket building and launching for kids of all ages. No pets.
August 22 - 23, 2014
Connecticut River Valley Astronomers Conjunction
Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center
Northfield, Massachusetts, USA
Join fellow stargazers from across the Northeast for a weekend among the stars at the Connecticut River Valley Astronomers' Conjunction. Events include an exciting variety of guest speakers, solar and dark-sky nighttime observing, a swap table, an outdoor barbecue dinner, and camping at Barton Cove on the Connecticut River, home of nesting bald eagles. Check out our web site for the latest information as well as pictures of previous Conjunctions.
August 25 - 28, 2011
Julian Star Fest 2011
Menghini Winery, Julian, CA 92036
USA
Flushed with the feeling of success, the StarFest Committee is going full-steam toward this year's event, scheduled for the dark of moon on the August 25th - 28th, 2011. That's right, one extra night this year. We've also added on-line booking through PayPal, one extra night of viewing, kid activities, plus much, much more. Camping at StarFest will be available for three nights: Thursday the 25th, Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th. Packing up and departing will take place on Sunday the 28th with everyone off the property by 5:00 p.m. There will be limited vendor activity on Sunday. Arrival and setup on Thursday can start at 3:00 p.m. Register through our website -- http://www.julianstarfest.com
August 25 - 28, 2011
Mount Bachelor Star Party @ Sunriver
Sunriver, OR
Bend, O, USA
August 25 - 28, 2011
Mount Bachelor Star Party @ Sunriver
Sunriver, OR
Bend, OR, USA
This is the third annual star party at our observatory site at Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory. As in past years there will be no on-site camping but there are plenty of close sites to our facility. We limit this star party to 45 attendees and all have use of the instruments in the observatory. There will be speakers, swap meet, fellowship and FOOD! Come on and join us at the premier observatory site in Central Oregon
August 26 - 28, 2016
Nova East
Smileys Provincial Park
Newport, Hants County, Nova Scotia
Welcome to the home page of Nova East, Atlantic Canada's regional star party. Nova East was originally established as the camping and observing weekend for the Halifax Centre, and has grown to include participants from many other astronomy clubs in the Atlantic region, and a number of attendees from the northeastern United States as well.
August 26 - 28, 2016
RASCals Star Party
Metchosin Cricket Field
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Victoria Centre has held successful Star Parties annually from 2000 through to present. The RASCals Star Party has a well-deserved reputation of being a fun and easy-going camping and observing weekend which the whole family can enjoy. Features: interesting speakers, door prizes, Guided Telescope Walk, Astronomy 101, workshops, kids activities, and of course viewing the night sky till dawn - what we all come here for! Facilities: on-field camping, water, power for astronomy gear only (no RV plug-ins or full service hook-ups), nearby full service restaurant & coffee shop, washrooms, on-site astronomy dealer. FREE EVENT - donations appreciated!
August 26 - 28, 2016
StarNights
Ieper Observatory
Ypres, W-Vl, Belgium
This year marks the 15th edition of one of the bigger starparties in the Benelux area. Skies are pretty dark for Belgium, there are solar telescopes and the observatories' 68cm telescope. On Friday evening and Saturday there are speakers, at night we observe!
August 29 - September 2, 2013
Iowa Star Party
Whiterock Conservancy
Coon Rapids, IA, USA
Amateur astronomers from all over the Midwest will gather at Whiterock Conservancy, southeast of Coon Rapids for the annual Iowa Star Party. Astronomers from the region will be setting up their telescopes in the Star Field at Whiterock Conservancy. The Ames Area Amateur Astronomers are organizing a public viewing night on Friday,starting at 7:30 p.m. until the wee hours of the night at Whiterock Conservancy’s Star Field. Members of the public are invited to experience the spectacular night skies with powerful telescopes and knowledgeable amateur astronomers.
August 31 - September 3, 2016
Minnesota Astronomical Society - Northern Nights Star Fest (NNSF)
Long Lake Conservation Center
Palisade & McGregor, Minnesota,
This event is held under the dark skies in rural Aitkin County, about 125 miles north of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Opportunities to view objects through the MAS’s largest aperture telescopes, the 25” and 30” Obsession telescopes. Excellent staging sites for setting up/using your scope. On-field electricity is available. Afternoon and evening presentations by MAS club members, astronomical experts and scholars. Comfortable modern “bunkhouse” lodging. Each room has 4 single bunks with its own bathroom and shower. Single occupancy available. Morning Coffee, Brunch, Dinner and Midnight snacks provided by LLCC. Daytime activities include presentations, swap meet, canoeing and exploring Aitkin County.
SEPTEMBER
September 1 - 4, 2011
Huronia Star Party
Highlands Nordic Centre
Duntroon, Ontario, Canada
SITE CO-ORDINATES - LAT. 44 deg. 23 min. 8 sec. North, LONG. 80 deg. 13 min. 47 sec. West ELEVATION - 470 metres
September 1 - 5, 2011
EPOCH 2011
Astro Acres
Beaver City, Indiana, USA
Conveniently located halfway between Indianapolis and Chicago, Astro Acres is one of the darkest sites left in Indiana or Illinois. This site is privately owned and has been developed specifically for supporting star parties and year round hosting of observatories.
September 1 - October 4, 2013
Astrophotography competition La Palma 2013
La Palma
Canary Islands , Spain
DEADLINE IS CLOSE! The government of La Palma (Canary Islands) organizes the 5th edition of the astrophotography competition. Compared to previous years, the competition is now divided into two sections, one dedicated to classical astrophotography, and another one to night-sky landscapes from the island of La Palma. Prizes are attractive. The deadline to present pictures is October 4, 2013. More information can be found at the indicated webpage, or by sending an email to Romano Corradi (rcorradi at iac.es)
September 1 - 5, 2011
Huronia Star Party
Highlands Nordic Centre
Collingwood, ON, Canada
Annual star party put on by the South Simcoe Amateur Astronomers
September 2, 2011
Public Skywatch at Belleplain State Forest
Belleplain State Forest
Belleplain, New Jersey, USA
Rain-dates are September 3 & 4, 2011. The South Jersey Astronomy Club hosts public skywatches at Belleplain State Forest throughout the year. Skywatch details are posted on our home index page. Skywatches usually begins about 7:30PM, and admission is free! Once inside Belleplain State Forest, just follow the signs to the public parking lot (free) and then walk the short distance on to the observing field.
September 2 - 4, 2016
Astronomica Science & Technology EXPO 2016
Saint Barthélemy Valley
Nus, Aosta, Italy
25th ed. of the Star Party in Saint-Barthélemy, Aosta Valley, Italy. Organized by the Fondazione C. Fillietroz-ONLUS, the event will schedule observations of the Sun and the night sky, guided tours at the Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley, shows at the Planetarium of Lignan, public lectures. In addition, the Star Party will host the 3rd edition of the Astronomical Science & Technology EXPO, a National-level exhibition where manufacturers, suppliers and vendors will show their latest products in a special workshop, while professionals and researchers will give seminars about state-of-the-art science and technology topics, from astronomy to astrophotography. This edition is supported by ASI (Italian Space Agency).
September 2 - 6, 2016
Almost Heaven Star Party
TMI
Spruce Knob, West Virginia, USA
AHSP is a NOVAC-organized multi-night star party at The Mountain Institute’s very dark site near Spruce Knob, West Virginia.
September 2 - 5, 2016
Aurora Borealis Weekend
Gordon's Park Dark Sky Preserve
Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
Aurora Watch, Camping and Observing in the RASC designated Dark Sky Preserve with workshops, slide shows, wine & cheese welcome, pot luck supper, presentations, photographing the Aurora and more. To register: 705-859-2470 To inquire: rita@gordonspark.com
September 3 - 6, 2010
Nova East Star Party
Smiley's Provincial Park
Halifax, NovaScotia, Canada
Nova East is the annual and longest running Atlantic Canadian star party put on by the Halifax Centre of the RASC and the Minas Astronomy Group. Held at Smiley's Provincial Park in Nova Scotia, it offers some of the darkest skies on the east coast. This year's event has a weather related theme with working sessions on everything from image processing to telescope collimation. Come and enjoy our Maritime hospitality.
September 3 - 5, 2010
SJAA Yosemite Public Star Party
Glacier Point
Yosemite National Park, CA, USA
September 3 - 5, 2010
South Jersey Astronomy Club Public Skywatch
Belleplain State Forest
Belleplain, New Jersey, United States
South Jersey Astronomy Club Free Public Skywatch September 3 (rain-dates September 4&5) 7:30 PM. Check web-site or call ranger station on afternoon of event to find if it is a GO.
September 4 - 6, 2015
Tennessee Fall Star Gaze
Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tenn
Cookville, Tn, Tennessee,
Event starts at 2:00 on Friday. Viewing Friday and Saturday. Very prominent Milkyway, very dark sky,you may camp or stay at the Inn. Venders welcomed-bad weather programs at the Inn. e-mail watkinslk@comcast.net or check out CAS at http://www.cumberlandastronomicalsociety.org/
September 4 - 8,

September 5 - 8, 2013
Internationales Heide-Teleskoptreffen Reinsehlen
Camp Reinsehlen Hotel
Schneverdingen, Germany
13 Jahre IHT-Reinsehlen! :-)
September 6 - 8, 2013
Herstmonceux Annual Astronomy Festival 2012
Observatory Science Centre Herstmonceux
Hailsham, East Sussex, UK
Camp under the backdrop of the observatory domes: Throughout the weekend there will be a comprehensive programme of events: Lectures Talks about the telescopes Science Shows Visits to the Radio Shack Trade stalls Spectacular Science exhibits Family activity fun day on the Sunday Viewing through the historic telescopes (weather permitting) and the smaller telescopes of amateur astronomy societies including a dedicated observing site in the camping field which will be available after The Centre closes at 11pm Raffles on both main event days with fabulous prizes* donated by the sponsors and trade stalls Beer tent Food and refreshments
September 7 - 10, 2010
Great Lakes Star Gaze
River Valley RV Park
Gladwin, Michigan, USA
Hosted by Sunset Astronomical Society, www.sunsetastronomicalsociety.com/
September 10 - 12, 2010
Astrofest
Vana's
Kankakee, Illinois, USA
Theme: Interface between astronomy and particle physics. Daytime presentations from Phd. astronomers and particle physicists. Night time star party with numerous telescopes available. including CAS observatory. Swap mart, astrophotography contest, telescope contest
September 10 - 11, 2010
LVAS 24th Annual Cathedral Gorge Star Party and Campout
Cathedral Gorge State Park
Panaca, NV, USA
Two nights under the dark skies of East Central Nevada. LVAS has reserved two group campsites for tent campers - RV sites available on first come/first served basis (22 sites). Join us for a Pot Luck lunch and door prizes on Saturday. Astronomers entertain visitors until approximately 11pm - remainder of night is personal observing under mag 6 skies. See www.lvastronomy.org Upcoming Event Info for more information.
September 10 - 13, 2015
Illinois Dark Skies Star Party
Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish &Wildlife Park
Springfield, Il., USA
The Illinois Dark Skies Star Party will be held at the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area, 30 miles northwest of Springfield, Illinois in eastern Cass County. The park is easily accessible from Illinois Routes 78, 97 and 125. Plans for star party events include guest speakers, presentations and an astrophotography contest. Bring your extra equipment and parts for swapping. Daytime activities at the park include hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding and hunting or visit the nearby Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and other historical Lincoln sites.
September 11 - 12, 2010
Alberta Star Party
Starland Recreation Area Campground
Drumheller, Alberta, Canada
The Alberta Star Party is open to everyone - not just RASC members. We invite you and your family to attend the 23rd Annual Alberta Star Party. The star party is hosted by the Calgary Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and we feel that you will be impressed by the dark and transparent skies.
September 11 - 12, 2010
The Autumn Equinox Sky Camp
Kelling Heath
Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
The Equinox Sky Camp is the largest star party in the UK, with hundreds of amateur astronomers meeting up at Kelling Heath, Norfolk, for a weekend of observing and events. The main day of the event has traditionally been the Saturday, with trade stands, secondhand 'astroboot' stalls and talks, but since 2005 the events have extended into the Sunday with talks and a workshop of particular interest to active observers. These will take place after midday to allow for those who are observing until the small hours!
September 11 - 19, 2015
Merritt Star Quest
Loon Lake Road
Merritt, BC, Canada
8 day event in a pristine area near Merritt BC. Fantastic clear skies. Faint shadows cast by milkyway visible on white objects. Clouds are black holes in the sky. The milky way has faint extentions making it 50 degrees thick. Limiting magntiude 7.1 to 7.5.
September 11 - 12, 2015
Idaho Star Party (tm)
Bruneau Dunes State Park Eagle Cove Campground
Mountain Home Idaho, Idaho, USA
Idaho Star Party at Bruneau Dunes State Park and Observatory. Guest Speaker, Tom Davis noted Astrophotographer, to speak Fri. & Sat. Star-B-Que dinner on Sat. night. Kid programs. Solar System Hike and explore the Natural Sand Dunes. Vendor sales and door prize drawing. Seperate drawing for the kids. Observatory has 25" Obsession Scope + most attendees have their own scopes. South of Mt. Home Idaho, Bruneau Dunes State Park is about 60 miles southeast of Boise airport with nice dark skies. http://www.boiseastro.org/ for more details. Campsite reservation is SEPERATE from ISP registration. Reserve your site in the Eagle Cove campground at http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/ Sites include water, electric, nice bath house with flush toilets and showers.
September 12, 2015
ScopeOut Astronomy Fair 2015
Cincinnati Observatory Center
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Astronomy and education fair for amateur & professional astronomers, kids of all ages, families, and teachers; anyone interested in the Universe. The Cincinnati Observatory is a fully restored 19th century observatory with two functional telescopes. The 16” Alvan Clark saw first light in 1904, our 11” Merz and Mahler was the world’s 2nd largest telescope when installed in 1842. Over 20,000 students and their families peer into the heaven’s each year through the scopes. Join us for presentations, tour the “Birthplace of American Astronomy”, keynote dinner speaker, stargazing and more. ScopeOut 2015 keynote speaker to be announced.
September 17 - 20, 2009
Blackwater Falls Astronomy Weekend
Blackwater Falls State Park
Davis, West Virginia, USA
To celebrate our 20th year, we've added a day! We'll start on Thursday 9/17. Two days of speakers and astronomy workshops, lectures, doorprizes, very dark skies (elevation over 3,000 feet) and accommodations include: Lodge with a restaurant, Cabins and a Campground. If the weather turn bad, all activities (except observing, of course) can be held indoors. NO admission charge. For more info, go to our website www.kvas.org
September 18 - 20, 2009
Black Forest Star Party
Cherry Springs State Park
Potter County, Pennsylvania, USA
September 18 - 22, 2009
Almost Heaven Star Party
The Mountain Institute
Spruce Knob, West Virginia, USA
The 2009 Almost Heaven Star party will be held at The Mountain Institute, near beautiful Spruce Knob, West Virginia. Held at one of the darkest site in the East, AHSP has amenities you won't find at any other star party. Plus you'll enjoy daytime programs for the whole family!
September 18 - 21, 2014
Prairie Skies Star Party
Camp Shaw
Bourbonnais, IL, USA
Prairie Skies Star Party has been cancelled indefinitely. Please visit our website for possible updates. Thanks to all of our loyal attendees! It was a blast while it lasted!
September 19, 2015
Astronomy Day
World Wide,
Contact the Astronomy Day Headquarters or astronomy club or planetarium nearest you for more information. Be sure to put "Astronomy Day" in subject line.
September 22 - 25, 2011
South Jersey Astronomy Club Fall Star Party
Belleplain State Forest
Belleplain, New Jersey, United States
The Star Party will be held at one of the darkest sites in the region -- the athletic field at Belleplain State forest.
September 23 - 28, 2014
ORAS AstroBlast 2014
Lockwood Observatory, Two Mile Run County Park
Oil City, PA, United States
AstroBlast 2014, Oil Region Astronomical Observatory in Two Mile Run County Park, Oil City. PA, September 23 - 28. AstroBlast is an annual star party hosted by the Oil Region Astronomical Society near Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania. This year marks our 21st anniversary for the event. The event is held under the dark skies of the Oil Region Observatory in the Lockwood area of Two Mile Run County Park. The event will include dark sky observing, speakers, an astronomers' yard sale, kids' camp, and great food. Dates are September 23-28, 2014, with the formal events on Friday and Saturday. Visit http://www.oras.org for more information about AstroBlast 2014!
September 24 - October 2, 2016
Okie-Tex Star Party
Camp Billy Joe
Kenton, Oklahoma, USA
The 33nd Annual Okie-Tex Star Party will be held at Camp Billy Joe. Join us for 8 nights of dark sky observing and imaging. You can register at www.okie-tex.com beginning about 3/1/2016.
September 24 - 28, 2014
Brothers Star Party for Oregon Observatory
Oroc Lauch Site
Brothers, OR, USA
This is a primitive dark site about 40 miles from Bend and Prineville, OR. Access for all vehicles is an easy two mile drive from US 20. Attendees from past astronomy events at this site have nothing but rave reviews about the dark sky!
September 25 - 26, 2009
Astronomy at the Beach (Kensington Star Party)
Kensington Metropark
Brighton, Michigan, USA
September 26 - 28, 2014
Jersey StarQuest
Hope Conference Center
Hope, NJ, USA
Jersey StarQuest is the premier NJ star party. The Amateur Astronomer's Association of Princeton hosts the event at the Hope Conference Center under the dark skies of Warren County, NJ.
September 26 - 28, 2014
Beginning Adult Astronomy Camp
Mt. Lemmon Observatory
Tucson, Arizona, USA
Astronomy Camps are immersion adventures in DOING science. Participants become astronomers operating large telescopes (20, 60, 61-inch diameters), interacting with leading scientists, and interpreting their own scientific measurements. The Camps are held in the "Sky Island" environment of Mt. Lemmon Observatory (9200 feet). Participants observe and record celestial objects to learn first-hand about astronomy, physics, mathematics, and engineering. Camps include daytime lectures with hands-on activities about forefront topics. No prior knowledge of astronomy is required.
September 26 - 27, 2016
Craters of the Moon Star Party
Craters of the Moon National Monument
Arco, Idaho, USA
•View planets, galaxies, gas clouds and double stars! • Get expert sky guidance and astronomy info! • All telescopes available for public viewing! • Don’t forget to bring your own telescope and binoculars too! • Overnight camping sites available in the campground. • RV overnight parking allowed in caves parking area for astronomers with a telescope. We are asked to not block the north pull-through parking.
September 29 - October 2, 2011
Hidden Hollow Star Party
Warren Rupp Observatory
Mansfield, OH, USA
For long time star party fans, you know the legend of Hidden Hollow as one of the friendliest and most comfortable star parties around. We're nestled deep in the woods of Hidden Hollow resident camp in northeast Ohio near the town of Mansfield. Each year we provide some of the finest guest speakers available and they join in the fun! You'll see our speakers and all of our great and unusual activities for this year listed on the navigation platform to the left. Tired of the same old type of Star Party? You won't be bored this year, I promise. You're going to really enjoy the things we have to offer!
September 29 - October 6, 2013
East Coast Video Astronomy Rendezvous
Cool Breeze Campground
Galax, Virgina , USA
A group of Amateur Astronomers from around all around North America who enjoy Video Astronomy and all it has to offer. A ton of useful information about video astronomy is passed around at this star party.
September 30 - October 2, 2016
MegaMeet
Blue Mountain
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
MegaMeet is the main observing event of the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society. It’s a bare-bones star party, without vendors, speakers, or registration fees. MegaMeet is held at the 1600 foot summit of Pulpit Rock, LVAAS' dark skies location on Blue Mountain, approximately 25 miles west of Allentown, PA and just north of Hamburg, Pennsylvania.
September 30 - October 2, 2016
Hidden Hollow Star Party
Hidden Hollow
Mansfield, Ohio, United States
Join us for a weekend of stellar guest speakers, workshops, contests, planetarium programs and dark skies! Camping, bunkhouses, restrooms, showers, food vendors and fantastic prizes... No matter what the weather, there's always something to do! The views through the 36" Observatory scope are out of this world! This year we should have the traveling NASA tour exhibit and guest speakers from both NASA and MUFON! Be sure to check out our huge new EDU building and enjoy the big screen TV!
OCTOBER
October 1 - 9, 2016
Pennyrile Stargaze
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
Hopkinsville, Kentucky, USA
The Pennyrile Stargaze is a continuation of another very popular star party that was held on the same viewing field until 2014. 2015 was our first year using our new name, but most of the people and the same pristine Western Kentucky skies remain the same. Please visit our Facebook page Pennyrile Stargaze for the latest information. Hope to see you there. Clear Skies
October 2 - 4, 2015
RATT2015
Teufelsberg 2
Ravensburg / Horgenzell, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Interesting lectures from our ASTRIUM guys, many scopes and nice people. Check out for updates at www.myratt.de
October 4 - 10, 2010
Mid-Atlantic Star Party
Robbins, North Carolina, USA
MASP is located in the "Dark Park" South of Robbins, NC. This is about halfway between Raleigh and Charlotte and halfway between Winston-Salem and Fayetteville. The skies at the site are about as dark as they can get in the Eastern US. The location affords views of many deep-sky objects including the Milky Way, some of the southern sky objects. good planetary views as well as great observing of galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters.
October 4 - 6, 2013
Spring 2013 Southern Star Party
Night Sky Caravan Park
Bonnievale, Western Cape, South Africa
The Spring 2013 SSP will be held on the week-end of October 04–06 at Night Sky Caravan Park, Bonnievale, South Africa.
October 6 - 11, 2010
Kielder Forest Star Camp
Kielder Forest
Northumberland, United Kingdom
Five nights under the darkest sky in England and chance to observe at the Kielder Observatory with 20" and 14" scopes.
October 7 - 10, 2010
No-Frills Star Party XV
Tuckahoe State Park
Queen Anne, Maryland, USA
Mid-Alantic Star Party Hosted by the Delmarva Stargazers Astronomy Club. This is year 15 for this event.
October 8 - 11, 2010
Camp Delany Star party
Sunlakes State Park
Coulee City, Washington, USA
There are cabins, a meeting area and dining area as well as hot showers. The cost is $60 and includes 8 meals, a place to sleep or park your camper and great dark skies.
October 8 - 9, 2010
White Sands Star Party
White Sands area
Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA
A beautiful dark sky, glistening White Sand dunes and visits to two outstanding national observatories await you at the Ninth Annual White Sands Star Party.
October 8 - 10, 2010
Stella Della Valley StarParty 2010
Camp Onas
Ottsville, Pennsylvania, USA
Join us in beautiful Bucks County Pennsylvania for a wonderful fall weekend of Stargazing, Guest Speakers, Swap Meet, Pizza Buffet and fellowship with amateur astronomers from all over the tri-state area. Check out our website for details.
October 8 - 10, 2010
Whirlpool Star Party
Dooly's Hotel / Birr Castle Demesne
Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland
Now in its 24th year, WSP is Ireland's premier star party. Come hear speakers from Ireland and overseas talk on topical astronomical or space subjects, and enjoy the informallity of WSP. Weather permitting, observations are held next to the 72" Leviathian of Parsonstown, surpased by the 100" Hooker telescope in the early 20th Centuary as the then largest in the world.
October 9 - 23,

October 11 - 18, 2015
Peach State Star Gaze
Deerlick Astronomy Village
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
The Atlanta Astronomy Club's 21st Annual Peach State Star Gaze (PSSG)will be held at Deerlick Astronomy Village in Sharon Georgia, located east of Atlanta and 50+ miles west of Augusta, GA. It has some of the darkest skies in Georgia and away from city lights. DAV has an 11-acre field that has room for RVs, campers and tents. Limited power available. Restrooms and showers available along with port-a-johns along the field. We will have speakers, vendors, swap tables and workshops. Registration is necessary to attend and is now open. Please visit us at AtlantaAstronomy.org/pssg/. You can also email us at pssg@atlantaastronomy.org. Please also visit the Deerlick Astronomy Village�s site at Deerlickgroup.com.
October 11 - 14, 2012
Illinois Dark Skies Star Party
Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area
Springfield, Illinois, United States
The 11th Annual Illinois Dark Skies Star Party will be held at the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area, 25 miles Northwest of Springfield, Illinois. We have several large observing fields in the group campgrounds for tent, camper or RV. It's a well maintained area with restrooms and showers. Registration opens in April.
October 12 - 13, 2013
International Observe The Moon Night
Frosty Drew Observatory & Sky Theatre
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Frosty Drew Observatory will join thousands of similar facilities around the world in spotlighting our nearest neighbor, the Moon. The first quarter Moon will be in perfect position for spectacular up-close viewing in our telescopes and on our grounds. In the Drew Sky Theatre, presentations about the moon and the exciting lunar missions that are taking place will be on display. Around the grounds video demonstrations of the Moon will be played showing fantastic imagery taken of the moon by Frosty Drew and other scientific institutions including the NASA Apollo program. In addition, the Frosty Drew Nature Center will be open to the public. Come out and become acquainted with our only natural satellite, the Moon!
October 13 - 18, 2105
AstroBlast 2015
ORAS future observatory site, 4249 Camp Coffman Rd.
Cranberry, PA - Pennsylvania, United States
AstroBlast is an annual star party hosted by the Oil Region Astronomical Society. This year marks our 22nd anniversary for the event, which is the first to be held at our new dark-sky location near the hamlet of Kossuth, in southeast Venango County, PA. The event will include dark sky observing, an astronomers' yard sale, informal round-table discussions, and door prizes. Dates are October 13-18th, with the main events on Friday and Saturday.
October 14 - 17, 2015
Enchanted Skies Star Party
Socorro, New Mexico, USA
The Enchanted Skies Star Party, held in Socorro, New Mexico, offers a unique Southwestern Astronomy experience. With many exciting features, the Enchanted Skies Star Party includes a unique opportunity for a night of observing at an elevation of 10,600 feet. We continue our decade-long tradition of presenting outstanding lectures by leading professional and amateur astronomers, and we'll gather on Saturday night for an evening of great food, Southwestern entertainment and excellent, dark-sky observing. Socorro's dry, high-desert climate, dark skies, and friendly small-town environment provide an excellent dark sky observing experience.
October 16 - 17, 2009
Death Valley/Las Vegas Astronomical Society Star Party
Death valley National Park and Furnace Creek Resort
Death Valley, California, USA
Furnace Creek Resort, Death Valley National Park, and the Las Vegas Astronomical Society will collaborate to present a week of star parties, presentations, solar viewing, and night sky tours. Please feel free to bring your telescope or binoculars. Enjoy crystal clear desert skies at night. During the day, enjoy horseback riding, golfing, hiking, touring, tennis, spa treatments, spring-fed pools, and gourmet meals at the Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort.
October 16 - 17, 2009
Snake Valley Astr Camp
SV Astro Club site
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Fantastic dark sky event. The Coal Sack, LMC & SMC can all be seen with naked eye.
October 16 - 20, 2009
Snake Valley Astro Camp
Snake Valley
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
A great event. Fantastic dark skys. Great food, great mates......
October 17, 2009
NOVAC Star Gaze
C.M. Crockett Park
Fauquier County, Virginia, USA
The largest public star gaze in the Washington DC area. Learn about astronomy while enjoying the night sky with hundreds of telescopes, binoculars and homemade projects. Many experienced astronomers will be on hand to answer questions and share their knowledge. You do not need to be a member of the club or own any astronomical equipment to attend. All you need is an interest in the wonders of the cosmos. Easy access, lots of equipment and a dark sky make for a good night under the stars. Please join us!
October 17 - 31, 2014
The Great World Wide Star Count
Your backyard or observing site
This program is an international citizen-science event that encourages everyone, astronomers and non-astronomers alike, to measure their local light pollution and report their observations online. The Great World Wide Star Count, one of the cornerstone projects for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, is designed to raise awareness about light pollution as well as encourage learning in astronomy. No prior experience is necessary--all information needed to participate is on the Star Count Web site, along with a downloadable activity guide available in 14 languages. All observations will be available online via Google Earth and as downloadable datasets.
October 17 - 26, 2014
Dark Sky Festival
Jasper National Park, Alberta
Jasper, AB; Edmonton AB, Alberta, Canada
Chris Hadfield, Canada's first astronaut to walk in space, has accepted a new mission - to be the headline guest and principal speaker at Jasper Dark Sky Festival 2014. Having spent 146 days steering the largest spaceship ever built through outer space, Hadfield is a unique Canadian to have been in such close proximity to the many stars and planets visible from Jasper National Park's Dark Sky Preserve - as officially accredited by the Royal Astronomical Society. Already boasting an astronomy all-star lineup, the fourth annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival will see Chris Hadfield host a private event held at a secret Jasper location, on Saturday October 25 2014. Visitors will also be able to take a unique opportunity to meet and mingle with Hadfield during various events taking place over the course of the Festival. Connect with us on social media: #MyJasperDarkSky
October 20 - 25, 2014
Eldorado Star Party
X-Bar Ranch
Sonora, Texas, USA
Annual gathering of 120+ amateur astronomers for observing under darks skies. Convenient light-protected parking, camping, RVs, some cabins.
October 21, 2011
Public Skywatch at Belleplain State Forest
Belleplain State Forest
Belleplain, New Jersey, USA
Rain-date is October 22, 2011. The South Jersey Astronomy Club hosts public skywatches at Belleplain State Forest throughout the year. Skywatch details are posted on our home index page. Skywatches usually begins about 7:30PM, and admission is free! Once inside Belleplain State Forest, just follow the signs to the public parking lot (free) and then walk the short distance on to the observing field.
October 22, 2011
Astronomy Day
University of Texas Arlington Planetarium
Arlington, TX, USA
The Texas Astronomical Society and the UTA Planetarium will hold their annual Astronomy Day from 2pm-10pm. The event is free and open to the public. See the TAS Calendar link at the top of our web site here: www.texasastro.org
October 22, 2010
PVAA General Meeting
Beckman Hall, Harvey Mudd College
Claremont , California, USA
Lecture by Dr Robert Piccioni: Impact of Einstein on our modern life. Hint, GPS, Digital Cameras. 7:30 pm
October 23 - 26, 2014
Spring 2014 Southern Star Party
Night Sky Caravan Park
Bonnievale, Western Cape, South Africa
The Spring 2014 SSP will be held on the week-end of October 23–26 at Night Sky Caravan Park, Bonnievale, South Africa.
October 26 - 31, 2015
Spring Southern Star Party 2016
Night Sky Caravan Farm
Bonnievale, Western Province, South Africa
The Spring 2016 Southern Star Party will be held at the Night Sky Caravan Farm, Bonnievale South Africa from 26th to 31st of October. This will be an exciting event with an exciting line-up of speakers, astrophotographers, basic instruction for beginners, an exciting marathon observing challenge and the famous Astro Pub Quiz.
October 26 - 29, 2016
Enchanted Skies Star Party (ESSP)
Cibola National Forest
Magdalena, New Mexico, United States
23rd annual star party. Private tours of NRAO/Very Large Array and Magdalena Ridge Observatory. $50 per adult for all four days or $15 per adult for Saturday only. Children under 17 FREE with paying adult. See website for updated information!
October 27 - 30, 2016
Nightfall
Palm Canyon Resort
Borrego Springs, California, USA
The best star party in the desert of So. California! Come join us for fun in the sun and stars at night in Borrego Springs, a recognized Dark Sky City.
October 28 - November 4, 2016
OzSky
40km north of Crookwell, NSW, Australia
The OzSky "Southern Spring" Star Safari is held annually, under the dark southern skies of Australia. This event is primarily aimed at providing past attendees of The OzSky Star Safari (formerly known as the Deepest South Texas Star Safari) with a no-frills, dedicated observing week under the October southern skies without the need to transport large telescopes across the Pacific Ocean. The proposed 2015 OzSky Alumni Star Safari will be held from October 28 - November 4, 2016 See http://www.OzSky.org/spring for more information.
October 28 - 30, 2013
Exploding of the Sun
All over the world
Everywhere, Everywhere, Everywhere
NOVEMBER
November 1 - 2, 2014
Arizona Science and Astronomy Expo
Tucson Convention Centr
Tucson, AZ, United States
Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association in affiliation with other non-profit scientific organizations will have interactive exhibits that every enthusiast will want to experience. Besides hundreds of vendors from around the world, there will be renowned keynote speakers, solar viewing and... much more.
November 3 - 8, 2015
Deep South Regional Star Gaze
Feliciana Retreat Center
Norwood, Louisiana, USA
33rd Annual DSRSG, oldest continuous star party in the southeastern United States. It's our 7th year at our new and darker site. Routinely attracts 130+ attendees. RVs and campers welcome and we have electrical hookups. Motel type rooms available just 200 yards from the observing field. Range of accommodations including motel type rooms, bunk house with heat and a/c and tent camping permitted too. Large door prize drawing and guest speakers. 6.4 to 6.5 magnitude skies on good nights.
November 7, 2015
Earth and Space Exploration Day
Arizona State University Tempe Campus
Tempe, Arizona (Phoenix), Arizona, USA
Earth and Space Exploration day is a free annual fall event hosted by the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) on ASU’s Tempe campus at the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB 4). The SESE community offers special science-related activities from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for students age five and up, families, educators and anyone interested in exploring Earth and space alongside real scientists. Each year, the SESE community brings to life its research through innovative hands-on activities. Visitors can explore Tempe Butte on a guided field trip, pan for gold, dig for meteorites, look through telescopes, or bring rock samples for Dr. Rock to examine.
November 7 - 21, 2012
2012 Total Solar Eclipse Cruise
Sydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia
Join BEVERLY S ROTHER for a TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE Cruise on Holland America's Oosterdam 14 days, November 7-21, 2012 Sailing roundtrip from Sydney, Australia Itinerary: Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Hamilton Island, SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING, Easo, Lifou, Ille des Pins, Noumea, Sydney Fares starting *from $2,439.86pp. based on double occupancy, Includes cruise, port charges and taxes. *All staterooms a...re subject to availability. $300.00pp deposit required to secure stateroom. Final payment due August 2012. Special! Receive $25pp onboard credit with welcome bottle of wine. Call Beverly directly! 954-885-8818 Cruise Division - White Glove Cruises - Virtuoso www.cruisedivision.com
November 8 - 14, 2015
Chiefland Star Party
Chiefland Astronomy Village
Chiefland, Florida, USA
Seven days of very dark skies and great spekaers and activities. For a dditional in please go to www.chieflandstarparty.com.
November 12 - 13, 2010
South Jersey Astronomy Club Public Skywatch
Belleplain State Forest
Belleplain, New Jersey, United States
SJAC Free Public Skywatch November 12 (rain-date November 13) begins at 7:30 PM on the athletic field under some of the darkest skies in New Jersey. See our web-site for directions or more info. Check our web-site or call the ranger station at 609-861-2404 on the afternoon of this event to find if it is a GO.
November 13 - 16, 2009
VicSouth Desert Spring Star Party
VicSouth Desert Spring Star Party
Nhil, Australia
The VicSouth Desert Spring Star Party is an annual weekend of astronomy held in addition to the ASSA Astro Camps in western Victoria (Australia) during the mild weather of spring - when the skies in the region are generally clear at night. VicSouth is jointly hosted by the Astronomical Society of Victoria and the Astronomical Society of South Australia, and offers a great weekend of social and astronomical activity as well as some nice observing targets.
November 14, 2009
3rd Annual Night Under the Stars at Alamo Lake State Park
Alamo Lake State Park - 38 miles North of Wenden
Wenden, Arizona, USA
Night under the Stars will have a Star Fair with family activities, Educators Workshop with astronomy presentations and a Star Party beginning at 7 p.m., MST. The Star Fair will feature educational booths and activities for children and teachers from NASA Educator Resource Center at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Arizona State Parks. For more information go to www.azstateparks.com and look for the Alamo Lake State Park link. Stargazers will enjoy an unbelievable view of the night sky since the nearest town lights are 38 miles away. To get to the park: From the city of Wenden, go north 38 miles on Alamo Dam Road to reach the Alamo Lake State Park.
November 25, 2011
Public Skywatch at Belleplain State Forest
Belleplain State Forest
Belleplain, New Jersey, USA
Rain-date is November 26, 2011. The South Jersey Astronomy Club hosts public skywatches at Belleplain State Forest throughout the year. Skywatch details are posted on our home index page. Skywatches usually begins about 7:30PM, and admission is free! Once inside Belleplain State Forest, just follow the signs to the public parking lot (free) and then walk the short distance on to the observing field.
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