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JANUARY
January 27 - 28, 2017
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
February 10 - 11, 2017
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 18, 2017
BOBFEST - Regional Gathering of Amateur Astronomers
Catawba Science Center
Hickory, North Carolina, USA
The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club, along with the Catawba Science Center and the Cleveland County Astronomical Society will be hosting the 25th annual "BoBfest" on February 18th, 2017. Doors will open at 8:30 am and throughout the day the event will feature presentations, astrophotography displays, and door prizes. Equipment vendors will also be available as will information about local events and facilities, and the chance to engage with amateur and professional astronomers from the region.
February 20 - 27, 2017
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, 2017
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 - 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 15 - 19, 2018
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 16 - 19, 2017
Mid Atlantic Mirror Making Seminar
Redden State Forest
Georgetown, 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 22 - 26, 2017
Hodges Gardens Star Party
Hodges Gardens State Park
Florien, Louisiana, USA
The Baton Rouge Astronomical Society invites everyone to join us for the 9th Annual Hodges Gardens Star Party (formerly the Kisatchie Star Party). This is our 17th year to host this event (8 at Kisatchie, and 9 now at Hodges Gardens). Lodging options include tent camping on the observing field, RV camping and cabins within the park.
APRIL
April 1, 2017
Spring Starfest
Woodlawn Cemetery
Bronx, New York, USA
take a tour of our solar system and universe during its annual Spring Starfest in Woodlawn Cemetery. The0756 goal is to teach, educate, and foster a culture of stargazing and public science engagement.
April 6 - 7, 2017
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 - 9, 2017
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 8 - 9, 2017
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 14 - 21, 2018
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 2018 will be held during the week of April 14 - 21, 2018, 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 19 - 26, 2017
The Spring Equinox Star Party
Kelling Heath
Weybourne, England, United Kingdom
The Spring Star Party at Kelling Heath is organised by the Norwich Astronomical Society. The star party was initially purely an observing event aimed more at the experienced observer. However it is gaining popularity with over 200 pitches booked at the 2016 event and a number of trade stands present. Whether you are a veteran of the star party and looking forward to meeting up with old friends or a total newcomer, you will find this event a welcoming and fun way to enjoy the dark skies that North Norfolk has to offer.
April 20 - 23, 2017
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 21 - 23, 2017
North Central Region of the Astronomical League Convention
Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
Lanesboro, MN, USA
This year’s theme is on “astronomical observing.” We will be presenting a full line‐up of lectures, panel discussions, demonstrations, and vendor exhibits during the conference. The speaker roster already includes astronomers and scientists from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, NCRAL, the Minnesota Astronomical Society, University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, and Winona State University. Their expertise ranges from astronomical observing to aerospace medicine.
April 21, 2018
Astronomy Day
World Wide
Check the web site for the latest information about Astronomy Day. Contact the Astronomy Day Headquarters or astronomy club or planetarium nearest you for specific information. Be sure to put "Astronomy Day" in subject line.
April 21 - 23, 2017
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.
April 21 - 23, 2017
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 21 - 22, 2017
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 26 - 29, 2017
Mid-South Star Gaze & Astronomy Conference
Rainwater Observatory & Planetarium
French Camp, Mississippi, USA
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 and much more! Speakers include astronomer and galaxy researcher, Dr. William Keel, from the University of Alabama, astrophotographer and "Hurricane Hunter", Jon Talbot, NASA recognized teacher-lecturer and solar astronomer, David Teske and space artist and lecturer, Edwin Faughn.
April 26 - 29, 2017
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.
April 26 - 29, 2017
Mid-South Star Gaze
Rainwater Observatory
French Camp, Mississippi, USA
Rainwater Observatory is gearing up for its annual Midsouth Stargaze and Astronomy Conference coming up April 26-29, 2017! 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 and much more! Speakers include astronomer and galaxy researcher, Dr. William Keel, astrophotographer and "Hurricane Hunter", Jon Talbot, NASA recognized teacher-lecturer, David Teske and space artist and lecturer, Edwin Faughn.
April 27 - 30, 2017
Southern Star Astronomical Convention
Wildacres Retreat
Little Switzerland, North Carolina, USA
Formal Astronomy Presentations ⋅ Equipment Display ⋅ Astro-imaging Display ⋅ Swap Table Wildacres is a private retreat with modern facilities including motel-like private rooms with bath, a glass-enclosed dining room combining great family-style meals with beautiful views overlooking the mountain ridges, and a small auditorium. All of these facilities are tucked away under the trees at the top of a mountain ridge, but with enough open areas for viewing the night skies.
April 27 - 30, 2017
Star Gaze Star Party
Trap Pond State Park
Laurel, DE, USA
MAY
May 6 - 13, 2018
Texas Star Party
3500 acre ranch
Ft. Davis, TX, USA
Week-long gathering of 400+ amateur astronomers under very dark skies, afternoon and evening talks, vendors, astrophoto, sketching, ATM, and observing activities and contests.
May 6, 2017
AstroDay Festival
Prince Kuhio Plaza
Hilo, Hawaii, USA
The 16th Annual award winning AstroDay Festival will be back at the Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo, Hawaii on Saturday, May 6 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 19 - 21, 2017
Michiana Star Party Nine - MSP9
Dr. T.K. Lawless Park
Vandalia, Michigan, USA
The Michiana Astronomical Society will be holding it's ninth annual star party May 19th through May 21th 2016. Michiana Star Party Nine - MSP9 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 24 - 28, 2018
RTMC Astronomy Expo
Camp Oakes
Big Bear City, CA, USA
Located in the San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear City, CA. It's the RTMC Astronomy Expo. Come to the largest star party gathering in the west!
May 25 - 28, 2017
South Pacific Star Party (Australia)
Wiruna - ASNSW's Premier Dark Sky Site
Ilford, New South Wales,
The South Pacific Star Party (SPSP) is an Annual gathering of Amateur and professional 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 26, 2017
Tennessee Spring Star Party
Fall Creek falls State Park
Pikeville, Tennessee, USA
Tn Spring Star Party (TSSP) - Vendors, speakers and programs in Astronomy. Two nights of public viewing. This program offers several hours of public viewing. The State Park provides shuttle buses to and from the field for guest. The State Park Hotel offers special weekend rates for the public and astronomers attending the event. Please contact the hotel for rates and availablity.The Astronomy event is free to attend and there are no registration fees.
JUNE
June 5 - 11, 2017
Beginning Teen 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 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.
June 10, 2017
Apollo Rendezvous
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 14 - 16, 2018
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 15 - 18, 2017
Spacefest VIII
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 VIII features tracks of speakers, authors and scientists, plus 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 15 - 17, 2017
Spring Meeting of the AAVSO
Ontario, CA, USA
June 16 - 18, 2016
StarConn
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 - 24, 2017
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 20 - 27, 2017
Advanced Teen 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 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.
June 21 - 24, 2017
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 21 - 25, 2017
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 the 10th year for this event.
June 21 - 25, 2017
Rocky Mountain Star Stare
Starry Meadows, Gardner, CO
Gardner, CO, United States
For over three 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!
June 22 - 25, 2017
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 22 - 25, 2017
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 23 - 25, 2017
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.
JULY
July 1 - August 31, 2017
Thursday & Saturday Night Astronomy Nights at Gordon's Park
Gordon's Park Dark Sky Preserve
Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
Every Thursday and Saturday 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 11 - 14, 2018
Green Bank Star Quest
Green Bank Observatory
Green Bank, WV, USA
Green Bank Star Quest XV at Green Bank, WV. Our 15th annual four day OPTICAL and Radio Astronomy conference and star party. This years theme is Mars. We feature a Keynote Presentation every evenng. Presentations and clinics are given all day long, every day (indoors). Observing from your campsite. Campground has graveled roads, sanitary stations and a hot shower facility close by. Featuring: a Large raffle drawing, children's activities, cafeteria and snack bar 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 14 - August 11, 2018
Julian Starfest
Menghini Winery
Julian, CA, USA
There will be no Julian Starfest in 2017. We will all be out of town watching the solar eclipse.

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.
July 15 - 16, 2017
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 15-16 July 2017. A conference and associated events will provide fascinating insights into various aspects of modern astronomy.
July 18 - 22, 2017
Table Mountain Star Party
Eden Valley Ranch
Oroville, WA, USA
The 2017 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.
July 19 - 22, 2017
Green Bank Star Quest
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 20 - 23, 2017
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.

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.
July 21 - 25, 2017
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!
July 21 - 23, 2017
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 21 - 24, 2017
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!
July 21 - 25, 2017
Almost Heaven Star Party
Spruce Knob Mountain Center
Circleville, West Virginia, USA
AHSP is a NOVAC-organized multi-night star party at The Spruce Knob Mountain Center one of the darkest sites east of the Mississippi!
July 21 - 30, 2017
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 eyepiece!
July 22 - 30, 2017
Mt. Kobau Star Party
Mt. Kobau
Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada
Dark sky observers' gathering held near 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 23 - 28, 2017
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.
July 25 - 30, 2017
Indiana Family Star Party and Greatcon
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.
July 28 - 30, 2017
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.
July 28 - 30, 2017
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
August 9 - 12, 2018
Stellafane
Stellafane on 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 11 - 14, 2017
Perseids Meteor Party
Gordon's Park Dark Sky Preserve
Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
Camping & observing the Perseids Meteor Showers from the Dark Sky Preserve at Gordon's Park on Manitoulin Island in Ontario. 705-859-2470, www.gordonspark.com or rita@gordonspark.com
August 12 - 13, 2016
SJAA Yosemite Public Star Party
Glacier Point
Yosemite National Park, CA, USA
August 17 - 22, 2017
Oregon Star Party
Indian Trail Spring, Ochoco Natl Forest
Prineville, OR, United States
Registration for the 2017 Oregon Star Party is now closed

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 18 - 21, 2017
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 18 - 27, 2017
The Queensland Astrofest
Lions Camp Duckadang
Linville, Queensland, Australia
Queensland Astrofest, rated in the Top 10 of the world's best astrocamps(BBC 2007), is held annually at Lions Camp Duckadang, which has bunk house and camping facilities. Catered meals are available twice a day. Queensland Astrofest boasts a unique nine day format. We plan to have vendor sales and speakers each Saturday. Workshops run most days. The renowned Astrofeast with raffle prize draw is held on the last Saturday of the camp. Entries for the Erwin van der Velden Photography Awards should be lodged by the 14th August 2017; the earlier you lodge them, the more chance of votes from those who come earlier in the week only. Registration will open April/May, check Qld Astrofest website closer to the date.
August 18 - 20, 2017
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.
August 19 - 26, 2017
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.
August 25 - 27, 2017
Northwoods Starfest
Beaver Creek Reserve - Hobbs Observatory
Fall Creek, Wisconsin, USA
The Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society will hold the 30th annual Northwoods Starfest on August 25th-27th, 2017 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 25 - 27, 2017
StarNights
Ieper Observatory
Ypres, W-Vl, Belgium
This year marks the 16th 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 31 - September 3, 2018
Minnesota Astronomical Society - Northern Nights Star Fest (NNSF)
Long Lake Conservation Center
Palisade & McGregor, Minnesota,
Due to the Eclipse August 21, 2017 the NNSF will not be held in 2017. We will return in 2018.

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, 2016
Astronomy Night
Gordon's Park
Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
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
September 2 - 4, 2016
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.
September 2 - 4, 2016
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 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 9 - 10, 2016
Astronomy at the Beach (Kensington Star Party)
Kensington Metropark
Brighton, Michigan, USA
The 20th Annual Kensington Astronomy at the Beach, hosted by Kensington Metropark and the Great Lakes Association of Astronomy Clubs (GLAAC), will be held September 9th and 10th, 2016. It runs from 6:00 pm to midnight, rain or shine, both nights. Outdoor astronomy activities demand clear skies, but there’s plenty to do in our pavilion as well.
September 9, 2017
ScopeOut Astronomy Fair 2017
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 2017 keynote speaker: New Horizons Project Investigator Alan Stern.
September 10 - 12, 2016
Astrofest
Green River Conservation Area
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 12 - 17, 2017
ORAS AstroBlast
Lockwood Observatory, Two Mile Run County Park
Oil City, PA, United States
AstroBlast is an annual star party hosted by the Oil Region Astronomical Society near Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania. 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.
September 14 - 16, 2017
Blackwater Falls Astronomy Weekend
Blackwater Falls State Park
Davis, West Virginia, USA
Visit and take advantage of the dark skies shortly after a new moon. The dark skies of Blackwater Falls amaze visitors with the striking beauty of the night sky often displaying the milky way from horizon to horizon. The weekend is free and opens to everybody from novice to the advanced amateur. The weekend includes: daytime workshops, nighttime star parties, guest speakers and more. Bring the family or come alone to enjoy a treasured resource—dark skies! Sponsored by the Kanawha Valley Astronomical Society and Blackwater Falls State Park.

Blackwater Falls State Park offers overnight lodging accommodations in Blackwater Falls 54 room lodge, 39 cabins or 65 unit campground. Reservations can be made by calling: 304-259-5216. Contact: 304-259-5216
September 14 - 17, 2017
Internationales Heide-Teleskoptreffen Reinsehlen
Töpferhof Hohenwoos
Mecklenburg, Germany
Der neue Platz Das neue Gelände befindet sich auf dem Gelände des Töpferhofes Hohenwoos in Mecklenburg Vorpommern/Nähe Niedersachsen. Dieser Platz liegt südlich des stillgelegten Truppenübungsplatzes Lübtheen und Truppenübungsplätze gehören generell zu den dunkelsten Plätzen (allerdings kommt man da schlecht drauf).
September 14 - 18, 2017
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.
September 15 - 17, 2017
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 15 - 17, 2017
MegaMeet
Blue Mountain
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Postponed from May to September. 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 15 - 17, 2017
Connecticut River Valley Astronomers Conjunction
Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center
Northfield, Massachusetts, USA
Join fellow stargazers from the across the Northeast for a weekend among the stars during the 35th annual Connecticut River Valley Astronomers' Conjunction. Events include an exciting variety of guest speakers, solar and dark-sky nighttime observing, swap table, 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.
September 15 - 17, 2017
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.
September 15 - 17, 2017
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 15 - 17, 2017
RATT - Ravensburger Teleskoptreffen
Teufelsberg 2
Ravensburg / Horgenzell, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Interesting lectures, many scopes and nice people. Check out for updates at www.myratt.de
September 15 - 17, 2017
RATT 2017 Star Party of Ravensburg
Horgenzell / Ravensburg Germany
Ravensburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Telescopes, presentation and fun
September 16 - 24, 2017
Okie-Tex Star Party
Camp Billy Joe
Kenton, Oklahoma, USA
The 34th 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 3/1/2017.
September 16, 2017
Stars over Katahdin
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Patten, Maine, USA
Telescopes looking at stars over Kayahdin in North Maine Woods
September 21 - 24, 2017
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 21 - 24, 2017
10th Annual Bootleg Astronomers Star Party Part Duo
Green River Conservation Area
Harmon, Il, USA
Come and explore the night skies with us again, for our 10th Annual Bootleg Star Party Part Duo . Part Uno was held this past May. Part Duo will be held Sept. 21st, thru Sept.24th under some of the darkest skies in the State of Illinois. We promise... You will be "WOWED"! 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/
September 22 - 24, 2017
Black Forest Star Party
Cherry Springs State Park
Potter County, Pennsylvania, USA
September 22 - 24, 2017
Astronomical Science & Technology EXPO 2017
Saint Barthélemy Valley
Nus, Aosta, Italy
26th 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 4th 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 23, 2017
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 25 - October 2, 2016
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 28 - October 20, 2016
Astrophotography competition La Palma
La Palma
Canary Islands , Spain
The government of La Palma (Canary Islands) organizes 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. More information can be found at the indicated webpage, or by sending an email to divulgacion at iac.es
September 29 - October 2, 2016
Great Lakes Star Gaze
River Valley RV Park
Gladwin, Michigan, USA
Hosted by Sunset Astronomical Society, www.sunsetastronomicalsociety.com/
September 29 - October 1, 2016
Illinois Dark Skies Star Party
Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish &Wildlife Park
Springfield, Il., USA
This is our 15th year hosting the Illinois Dark Skies Star Party. The site is 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 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 29 - October 1, 2016
Tennessee Fall StarGaze
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 29 - October 1, 2016
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.
September 30, 2017
Astronomy Day
World Wide,
Check the web site for the latest information. Contact the Astronomy Day Headquarters or the astronomy club or planetarium nearest you for specific information. Be sure to put "Astronomy Day" in subject line.
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!
September 30 - October 2, 2016
Capture the Night Sky Astrophotography Weekend
Gordon's Park
Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
Join us for an incredible weekend photographing the beautiful night skies of Manitoulin, on site in the RASC designated Dark Sky Preserve at Gordon’s Park. The Dark Sky Preserve offers exceptional dark skies (darkest in Ontario), no light pollution, 360 degree observing, horizon to horizon, perfect to capture those amazing images. To register: 705-859-2470 To inquire: rita@gordonspark.com www.gordonspark.com
OCTOBER
October 1, 2016
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 1, 2016
Hay on Wye Dark Skies festival
Hay on Wye
Hereford, Powys, United Kingdom
Celbrating 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.
October 7 - 10, 2016
Northern Lights Party
Gordon's Park
Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
Come join us to observe the night sky and watch for the Northern Lights from our RASC designated Dark Sky Preserve, boasting some of the darkest skies in Ontario, 360 degree horizon-to-horizon viewing and an SQM reading of 21.45, along with some great events. To register: 705-859-2470 To inquire: rita@gordonspark.com
October 7 - 9, 2016
Public Astronomy and Laser Sky Tour
Gordon's Park
Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
During our Northern Lights Party, these astronomy sessions are open to the public and include an orientation into astronomy, information about planets, stars and the northern lights, 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. To register: 705-859-2470 For more information: www.gordonspark.com To inquire: rita@gordonspark.com
October 13 - 22, 2017
Jasper Dark Sky Festival
Jasper National Park, Alberta
Jasper, AB; Edmonton AB, Alberta, Canada
Jasper's Dark Sky invites astronomers at every level to gaze upon the wonder of one of the world's largest dark sky preserves. As daylight hours begin to recede, October is the ideal time to celebrate the skies with the annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival presented by Rocky Mountaineer, an ever-growing festival aimed at connecting all ages to our universe and beyond. #MyJasperDarkSky
October 14 - 22, 2017
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 15 - 22, 2017
Chiefland Astrofest
Chiefland Astronomy Village
Chiefland, Florida, USA
Seven days under very dark skies with cool days and nights. Plenty of electricity for motor coaches and campers. Great line-up of spekaers, an excellent food vendor and activities. For additional information: www.chieflandastrofest.com
October 15 - 22, 2017
Peach State Star Gaze
Deerlick Astronomy Village
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
The Atlanta Astronomy Club's 24th 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 15 - 22, 2017
OzSky Southern Spring Star Safari
OzSky Southern Spring dark sky observing site
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 past attendees of The "Classic" OzSky Star Safaris (formerly known as the Deepest South Texas Star Safaris) and is intended to be a relaxed, no-frills, dedicated observing week under the amazing October Southern Skies with a number of large telescopes (up to 30") provided by 3RF for your use, thus avoiding the need for you to transport your own large telescopes across the Pacific Ocean to see the amazing Southern Skies. The 2017 OzSky "Southern Spring" Star Safari will be held from October 15 - 22, 2017. See http://www.OzSky.org/spring.asp for more information.
October 16 - 21, 2017
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 17 - 21, 2017
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 17 - 22, 2017
Deep South Star Gaze
Feliciana Retreat Center
Norwood, Louisiana, USA
35th Annual DSSG, oldest continuous star party in the southeastern United States. It's our 9th 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. Internet is accessible in the lodge. Tent camping permitted too. Large door prize drawing and guest speakers. 6.4 to 6.5 magnitude skies on good nights.
October 18 - 23, 2017
Spring Southern Star Party
Night Sky Caravan Farm
Bonnievale, Western Province, South Africa
The SSP is a gathering of stargazing enthusiasts in the Western Cape, South Africa, for a weekend of observing, sharing and socializing.

Due to popular demand, the star party has been extended by several days to allow for more personal observing time. The formal programme runs from the 20th to the morning of the 22nd of October, but everyone is encouraged to spend some more time under the stars - from Wednesday October 18 to Monday, October 23. Don't forget to make your early-bird booking!
October 19 - 22, 2017
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 19 - 22, 2017
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.
October 20 - 23, 2017
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.
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 28, 2017
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 58% waxing gibbous 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. Come out and become acquainted with our only natural satellite, the Moon!
NOVEMBER
November 4, 2017
AstroDay West Hawaii
Kona Commons Shopping Center
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA
Astronomy and science related exhibits, demos, entertainment. Educational and fun for all ages. Approx. 30 organizations participating from 11am - 4pm. This is the first time this event is being held on the west side of the Big Island. AstroDay has been celebrated in Hilo (east side) for the past 16 years.
November 5, 2016
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 17 - 21, 2017
Snake Valley Astro Camp
Crystal Lake Cabins, Snake Valley
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Fantastic dark sky event. The Coal Sack, LMC & SMC can all be seen with naked eye.
November 18, 2017
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.
DECEMBER

 

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