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Astronomy Observing Events
& Star Parties

Many astronomy clubs and organizations host events where astronomers of all ages can get together and share the observing experience. The largest of these events are known as star parties and can attract hundreds of amateur astronomers and casual observers. This page contains links and information about local and non-local observing events and star parties. Some events are free and open to the general public while others may require a registration fee. These listings contain links to the hosting organization Web site for additional information where possible. If you know of any events that are not listed here, please send an e-mail and we will consider adding the event to this page.

NOTE: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, many of these events may end up being delayed or canceled. Please consult the host organization for each event for more detailed information and updates as they become available.

  • Winter Star Party
    January 31 - February 6, 2022
    Host: Southern Cross Astronomical Society
    Location: Camp Sawyer on Big Pine Key, Florida
    Website: http://scas.org/winter-star-party/

    The Winter Star Party "WSP" is a serious event designed for amateur astronomers. WSP is held annually, usually during the new moon in February. The event is unique in that it occurs mid-winter during the height of the Florida Keys tourist season. The warm weather, coupled with dark skies, and possibly the steadies skies in North America attracts attendees from all over the frozen United States, Canada, and Europe giving the event an international flavor. The amateur astronomical "get-to-together"allows participants to meet and share observing ideas, astro-imaging techniques, as well as find out what's new in the hobby. WSP offers a stellar daily line-up of speakers who are experts in their particular field. WSP is held under the auspices of the Southern Cross Astronomical Society of Miami. This not -for-profit organization funnels proceeds from this event toward public education projects, scholarship programs, humanitarian needs and Girl Scout Camp improvements.

  • Orange Blossom Special Star Party
    February 23 - 27, 2022
    Host: St. Petersburg Astronomy Club
    Location: Withlacoochee River County Park near Dade City, Florida
    Website: https://www.stpeteastronomyclub.org/OBS/

    The St. Petersburg Astronomy Club will proudly host their 29th Orange Blossom Special International Star Party at Withlacoochee River Park in Dade City, Florida. The many amenities of Withlacoochee River Park include darker skies and a 30-acre activity field for camping and viewing. There are a limited number of electric and water hookups, so you will want to register early. The park has room to roam, a 1.7-mile paved multi-purpose trail, 13 miles of hiking trails, a 40-foot observation tower, three wooden boardwalks, two playground areas for the kids, and river access for boating in your canoe or kayak. The Park‘s well-maintained hiking trails are also perfect for bicycle riding. You must be preregistered to attend. The registration fee is $70.00 for a single attendee, $120.00 for a couple, plus $15.00/Youth ages 7 to 17. Children under 7 are free. There is a reduced rate ≅ 50% if you can attend for only one night. Fulltime high school and college students in Pinellas, Pasco, Polk and Hillsborough Counties receive a 65% discount on their registration. Membership is free while you remain a full-time student. Please go to Join SPAC prior to registering for OBS. Advanced registration should begin on October 09, 2021 and continue through January 02, 2022. Both your registration and payment must be received by 5:00 pm on January 02, 2022 to qualify for the reduced registration fee. Registrations received after that are subject to a $25.00 late fee. Registration closes at 5:00 pm on February 19, 2022. No registration can be accepted after registration closes.

  • Mid-South Star Gaze
    April 2022
    Host: Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium
    Location: Rainwater Observatory & Planetarium in French Camp, Mississippi
    Website: https://rainwaterobservatory.org/events

    Rainwater Observatory is gearing up for its annual Midsouth Stargaze and Astronomy Conference coming up April 2022! This event attracts amateur and professional astronomers from around the country. It is held under one of the few remaining dark skies in the southeastern United States and just off the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway near the village of French Camp, Mississippi. More details to come.

  • Texas Star Party
    April 24 - May 1, 2022
    Host: Texas Star Party, Inc. and the Southwest Region of the Astronomical League
    Location: Prude Ranch near Fort Davis, Texas
    Website: https://texasstarparty.org/

    One of the premiere star parties held anywhere in North America is the Annual Texas Star Party. The event is held at the Prude Ranch, a 3500 acre mile-high ranch located six miles northwest of Fort Davis. This site in the Davis Mountains of West Texas features the darkest skies found anywhere in North America. Join a huge gathering of more than 500 of the most serious astrophotographers and observers in the United States and beyond for a week-long observing event where Milky Way rises over the mountains with so vivid a presence that you might mistake it for an ominous storm cloud.

  • York County Star Party
    Dates TBD
    Host: York County Astronomical Society
    Location: York, Pennsylvania
    Website: http://www.skyshedpodpa.com/york-county-star-party.html

    Located on a private grass strip airport near Wellsville, Pennsylvania at 380 Kralltown Road, The YCSP horizon is extremely flat, stars are visible at less than 10 degrees above the horizon and light pollution seems to be at a minimum. The Milky Way is easily visible. Observing can be made from the grass airport taxiway. The airport is closed for YCSP Star Party. Hope to see you at the YCSP!

  • Cherry Springs Star Party
    June 2 - 5, 2022
    Host: Astronomical Society of Harrisburg PA
    Location: Cherry Springs State Park near Coudersport, Pennsylvania
    Website: http://www.cherrysprings.org/

    The Cherry Springs Star Party or CSSP will be held on 2-5 June 2022 at Cherry Springs State Park near Coudersport, PA. Cherry Springs State Park is well known for nice dark skies and we hope you'll enjoy them with us at the Cherry Springs Star Party! Cherry Springs State Park was named Pennsylvania's first dark sky park by the DCNR in 2000. The adjoining Cherry Springs Airport, built in 1935, was closed and its land was added to the park in 2006, to expand its stargazing area. On June 11, 2007, the International Dark-Sky Association named it the second "International Dark Sky Park"; under optimum conditions the Milky Way casts a discernible shadow. Cherry Springs has received national press coverage and hosts two star parties a year, which attract hundreds of astronomers. There are regular stargazing and educational programs for the public at the park, and the Woodsmen's Show attracts thousands each summer. Cherry Springs also offers rustic camping, picnic facilities, and trails for mountain biking, hiking, and snowmobiling.

  • Hofstra University's Astronomy Festival on the National Mall
    June 25, 2022
    Host: Hofstra University
    Location: National Mall in Washington, DC
    Website: https://www.hofstra.edu/physics-astronomy/astronomy-festival.html

    Hofstra University's Astronomy Festival on the National Mall (AFNM) in Washington, DC, offers visitors a free guided tour of the sky on Saturday, June 25, from 6-11 p.m. This year’s festival, the first since 2019, is presented in association with Smithsonian Solstice Saturday and is organized by Dr. Donald Lubowich, Coordinator of Astronomy Outreach at Hofstra. AFNM features solar, optical, and radio telescope observations; hands-on activities, demonstrations, handouts, posters, banners, and videos; speakers from scientific and educational organizations, and a chance to mingle with astronomers. Dr. Lubowich and local amateur astronomers will set up 35 telescopes on the National Mall, from Third-Fourth Streets SW, across from the National Museum of the American Indian. Starting at 6 p.m., visitors may view sunspots with the help of specially filtered telescopes. After dusk and through 11 p.m. telescopes will provide close-up views of colorful double stars, remnants of dying stars, nebula, and star clusters that sparkle like diamonds on black velvet. AFNM visitors can expect to meet representatives from some of the nation’s foremost scientific institutions, organizations, and universities, who will present exciting demonstrations and answer questions about the latest astronomical discoveries or careers in science. AFNM started as part of a NASA-funded “Music and Astronomy Under the Stars” program, that was co-sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. It brought an astronomy component to outdoor concerts throughout the US.

  • Wisconsin Observers Weekend
    June 23 - 26, 2022
    Host: Northeast Wisconsin Stargazers
    Location: Hartman Creek State Park near Waupaca Wisconsin
    Website: http://www.new-star.org/index.php

    One of the biggest highlights of the year for amateur astronomers and their families is the Wisconsin Observers Weekend (WOW), hosted by NEWSTAR. Amateur astronomers from all over the mid-west enjoy three days of summer camping and observing at Hartman Creek State Park just west of Waupaca Wisconsin. Whether or not you own a telescope or are a seasoned observer you will enjoy what WOW has to offer. Hartman Creek State Park is 1,500 acres of post-glacial beauty located about 30 miles northwest of Oshkosh on the upper Waupaca Chain-O-Lakes. Visitors can enjoy camping swimming, hiking, biking, picnicking, and fishing, amidst the gently rolling woodlands, prairies, lakes and wetlands. Ten miles of hiking trails, including a segment of the National Scenic Ice Age Trail, offer plenty of opportunity to stretch your legs while enjoying numerous wildflowers and abundant bird life. The park also has designated off-road bicycling trails and low-traffic roads surrounding the area provide safe routes for the touring cyclist as well. WOW reserves all five-group campsites at Hartman Creek State Park so that your evening observing environment is white light free and as dark as possible for your enjoyment.

  • Mid-States Regional Astronomical League Conference
    Cancelled due to COVID-19
    Host: Astronomy Club of Tulsa and Broken Arrow Sidewalk Astronomers
    Location: Jenks High School Planetarium
    Website: http://www.msral.org/

    This year, there will be a Student MSRAL Conference held in the Jenks High School Planetarium that is open to high school students 9th - 12th grades only. The peer run conference will be accessible to all students - blind/legally blind, deaf/hearing impaired and non-ambulatory. Because of a special project the youth are working on, adults are asked to attend their conference to allow students to have an element of surprise and for the peer run conference to be a great experience. Across the hall from the planetarium is the large conference room where the adult program will be held. In between these two conference sites is the lobby, vendor, reception area with seating for networking and vendor visits.

  • Grand Canyon Star Party
    June 18 - 25, 2022
    Host: Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association
    Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
    Website: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/grand-canyon-star-party.htm

    For eight days in June, park visitors will explore the wonders of the night sky on Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim with the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association and on the North Rim with the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix. Amateur astronomers from across the country will volunteer their expertise and will offer free nightly astronomy programs and free telescope viewing. Visitors will have the chance to view the planet Saturn along with a wide assortment of star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae by night, and the sun and planet Mercury by day. Grand Canyon is one of the best night sky observing sites in the United States because it has some of the darkest skies and cleanest air in the country. Participants will experience spectacular views of the universe! Everyone dress warmly, since temperatures drop quickly after sunset - even during the summer months.

  • Golden State Star Party
    Dates TBD
    Host: Golden State Star Party
    Location: Frosty Acres Ranch near Adin, California
    Website: http://www.goldenstatestarparty.org/

    The Golden State Star Party is a 4 night dark sky event held each summer at Frosty Acres Ranch in North-Eastern California, near Mount Lassen, alongside rural Adin, California. GSSP has dark skies from horizon to horizon, and room for 100s of astronomers. UPDATE: GSSP’s 2020 event in Adin has been cancelled due to COVID-19. We will keep you informed about other alternatives taking place later this year, once we know with certainty that there are any alternatives. We appreciate your understanding, and possibly your forgiveness, but we believe cancellation is the only responsible option.

  • Rocky Mountain Star Stare
    June 22 - 26, 2022
    Host: Colorado Springs Astronomical Society
    Location: Gardner, Colorado
    Website: http://www.rmss.org/

    Rocky Mountain Star Stare is an annual premiere star party sponsored by the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. Located on 35 acres of land, RMSS's "Starry Meadows" is conveniently located just over two hours southwest of Colorado Springs (outside of Gardner, CO), between the Sangre de Cristo and Wet mountain ranges, at an altitude of 7,600 feet above sea level. RMSS annually plays host to 300+ amateur and professional astronomers, family and friends.

  • Green Bank Star Quest
    June 29 - July 2, 2022
    Host: Central Appalachian Astronomy Club, Kanawha Astronomical Society
    Location: Green Bank, West Virginia
    Website: http://www.greenbankstarquest.org/

    The Central Appalachian Astronomy Club of West Virginia brings you the only combined OPTICAL and RADIO star party. Just like the typical optical star party we have: camping, tents, lots of scopes, friendly amateur astronomers, lectures, and vendors. Then we sweeten the deal. First-off our campsite area has graveled roads. There are hot showers nearby. The campground is located in the middle of the Green Bank Observatory (GBO) site complex. It has a beautiful view of the world's largest steerable radio telescope, the GBT, and of the high mountain valley surrounding it. You can set your scope up right at you campsite for daytime and nighttime observing. Hot meals for breakfast and supper are available in the on site cafeteria. A snack bar is open from lunchtime through early evening. You can sit down in a climate-controlled classroom for one of our topnotch daytime presentations or clinics, take a tour of the GBO site, check out our large raffle drawing or do some shopping at our vendors' tables. After supper each and every evening you can enjoy a keynote speaker's presentation. Then return to your site for some night sky viewing that might just knock your socks off. But that's not all: You also have an opportunity to learn about radio astronomy. The GBO people do some cutting-edge science and are very willing to tell you about it. A limited number of you can sign up to run a 40' radio astronomy dish (so sign up early). We have fun learning activities for children. Of course we can't guarantee clear skies but we will do our best to make your Green Bank Star Quest experience a memorable one. We wholeheartedly thank the GBO for their assistance and use of their wonderful site.

  • Nebraska Star Party
    July 24 - 29, 2022
    Host: Nebraska Star Party
    Location: Valentine, Nebraska
    Website: http://www.nebraskastarparty.org/

    Plan now to sail off on your own voyage of discovery this summer with us! The astronomical views from Merritt Reservoir’s Snake Campground are fabulous, and there are plenty of recreational opportunities to keep the entire family entertained all week long at the 23rd annual Nebraska Star Party. For newcomers, NSP is the perfect place to become acquainted with the wonders of the heavens which can’t be seen from cities. Our unique Beginner’s Field School will show you how fun it is to explore the sky here, as well as in your own back yard when you return home, with or without a telescope.

  • Indiana Family Star Party
    July 26 - 31, 2022
    Host: Wabash Valley Astronomical Society, Indiana Astronomical Society, and Muncie Astronomy Club
    Location: Camp Cullom near Mulberry, IN
    Website: http://www.indianastars.com/starparty/

    We are looking forward to July 26 - 31 for the Indiana Family Star Party, Tuesday through noon Sunday. Tuesday through Thursday are extra days for full-event registrants only at no extra cost, but no organized activities are planned for those days. The star party will be at Camp Cullom, the site of the Prairie Grass Observatory, about 50 miles northwest of Indianapolis. Sponsored by Camp Cullom (Clinton County Foundation for Youth), the Wabash Valley Astronomical Society (Lafayette, IN), the Indiana Astronomical Society (Indianapolis), the Muncie Astronomy Club and supported by the Astronomical League.

  • Table Mountain Star Party
    July 26 - 31, 2022
    Host: Table Mountain Star Party Association
    Location: Eden Valley Ranch near Oroville, Washington
    Website: http://www.tmspa.com/index.html

    The Table Mountain Star Party is an annual gathering of people interested in astronomy and its many related topics. Most people attending are amateur astronomers who enjoy the great viewing which the mountain provides, however, anyone with an interest or curiosity is welcome to register and enjoy the experience. Programming is provided for everyone from the seasoned astronomer to the beginning novice. We also provide well organized, fun and educational programming for the student. Each year our event is held in July or August (usually July) depending on the weather and the phase of the moon. Make your plans to attend and enjoy this event with hundreds of great telescopes and related equipment. Bring your telescope, or if you don't have one, most astronomers are happy to share the view and show off their equipment.

  • Oregon Star Party
    July 26 - 31, 2022
    Host: Oregon Star Party
    Location: Ochoco National Forest near Prineville, Oregon
    Website: http://oregonstarparty.org/

    For over 25 years, amateur astronomers and their families have been gathering at Indian Trail Spring to enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere, dark skies, low humidity and wonderful night sky observing. Located roughly an hour east of Prineville, Oregon in the Ochoco National Forest, Oregon Star Party is one of the three darkest and largest star parties in the United States. Don't have a telescope but still want to join the fun? Join us anyway, we're happy to share our telescope views with you! Attendees at the 2017 Oregon Star Party will be treated to a wonderful solar event: a total solar eclipse, whose totality will pass across the central part of Oregon. At Indian Trail Spring, totality will last 1 minute and 27 seconds (lunar limb corrected). Observers will experience the Sun’s spectacular corona, bright stars, and planets Venus, Mars, and Mercury. The horizon will glow with a 360 degrees sunset, the temperature will drop, and day will become twilight.

  • Julian Starfest
    Dates TBD
    Host: San Diego Astronomy Association (SDAA)
    Location: Menghini Winery in Julian, California
    Website: http://www.julianstarfest.com

    Julian Starfest, an astronomy exhibition and public star party, is scheduled for the 21st through the 24th of August 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 better as the years pass.

  • Stellafane Convention
    July 28 - 31, 2022
    Host: Springfield Telescope Makers
    Location: Springfield, Vermont
    Website: http://stellafane.org/convention/

    The Stellafane Convention is a gathering of amateur telescope makers. The Convention was started in 1926 to give amateur telescope makers an opportunity to gather to show off their creations and teach each other telescope making and mirror-grinding techniques. All telescopes, commercial and homemade are welcome. If you have made your own telescope, we strongly encourage you to display it in the telescope fields near the Stellafane Clubhouse. If you wish, you can enter your homemade telescope in the mechanical and/or optical competition. There are also mirror-grinding and telescope-making demonstrations, technical lectures on telescope making and the presentation of awards for telescope design and craftsmanship. Vendor displays and the retail sale of commercial products are not permitted.

  • Okie-Tex Star Party
    September 23 - October 1, 2022
    Host: Oklahoma City Astronomy Club
    Location: Camp Billie Joe in Kenton, Oklahoma
    Website: http://www.okie-tex.com/

    The Okie-Tex Star Party is famous for its incredibly dark sky, great food, presentations, fellowship and accommodations. They are also known for the Great Okie-Tex Giveaway! Over the years we have given away many telescopes, CCD cameras, eyepieces, software, star atlases and many other fabulous items! The event will also feature vendors, a swap meet, and meals.

  • York County Star Party
    Dates TBD
    Host: York County Astronomical Society
    Location: York, Pennsylvania
    Website: http://www.skyshedpodpa.com/york-county-star-party.html

    Located on a private grass strip airport near Wellsville, Pennsylvania at 380 Kralltown Road, The YCSP horizon is extremely flat, stars are visible at less than 10 degrees above the horizon and light pollution seems to be at a minimum. The Milky Way is easily visible. Observing can be made from the grass airport taxiway. The airport is closed for YCSP Star Party. Hope to see you at the YCSP!

  • Great Lakes Star Gaze
    Dates TBD
    Host: Great Lakes Star Gaze
    Location: Gladwin, Michigan
    Website: http://www.greatlakesstargaze.com/

    Location and dark skies are the main attraction of this star party. Gladwin, MI is a central location that provides excellent observing without traveling hours into Northern Michigan. Limiting magnitudes are estimated to be around 6.5 at zenith with some minor light domes from the cities of Mt. Pleasant and Midland, some 30 miles away. This is a star party for the astronomer who loves to observe and mingle with other astronomers. Some practical and interesting talks are scheduled to enhance your weekend experience. The GLSG star party will be held at the River Valley RV Park in Gladwin, MI. Directions and more information about the star party can be found in the registration form.

  • Eldorado Star Party
    October 24 - 29, 2022
    Host: Austin Astronomical Society, San Antonio Astronomical Association, Hill Country Astronomers
    Location: X-Bar Ranch near Eldorado, Texas
    Website: http://eldoradostarparty.org/

    Sponsored by the Austin Astronomical Society, San Antonio Astronomical Association, and Hill Country Astronomers (Fredericksburg) with the support of the Texas Star Party, and volunteers from area clubs including Dallas and Houston, this event promises to bring dark skies closer to the amateur astronomer. The central location (46 miles west of Fort McKavett) is within easy driving distance of many Texas cities and enjoys the dry climate of west Texas. The observing areas include power for telescopes and equipment, and is organized so that you may drive on-off from the nearby light-shielded parking area at night without impacting the observers on the fields.

  • Enchanted Skies Star Party
    Dates TBD
    Host: Magdalena Chamber of Commerce
    Location: Magdalena, New Mexico
    Website: http://enchantedskies.org/

    The star party with a difference -- The Enchanted Skies Star Party in Socorro, New Mexico, offers a smorgasbord of scientific excitement and fun in the heart of "Astronomy Country" of the great American Southwest. We've been bringing fantastic skies, exciting speakers, and in-depth tours of front-line scientific facilities to our guests since 1994.

  • Deep South Regional Star Gaze
    Dates TBD
    Host: Deep South Regional Star Gaze
    Location: Feliciana Retreat Center near Norwood, Louisiana
    Website: http://www.stargazing.net/dsrsg/

    Named one of the 19 Great Star Parties by ASTRONOMY magazine in the September, 1998 edition, we have a lot to offer - A great setting at a great time of year, among a lot of other eager amateur astronomers anxious to do some serious observing. Feliciana Retreat Center is located approximately 115 miles north of New Orleans, Louisiana (via I-10 to I-55), 120 miles south of Jackson, Mississippi (via I-55) and about 45 miles north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana (via Louisiana Hwy 67).

  • Nightfall 2017
    Dates TBD
    Host: Riverside Astronomical Society
    Location: Palm Canyon Hotel & RV Resort in Borrego Springs, California
    Website: http://nightfallstarparty.com/

    Nightfall is a 3-night star party at a great hotel and RV resort! With pools, hot tubs, free presentations, a premium workshop and the surrounding Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, this is the best star party around. Period!

  • Chiefland Star Party
    Dates TBD
    Host: Chiefland Star Party Group
    Location: Chiefland Astronomy Village in Chiefland, Florida
    Website: http://fallstarparty.com/

    Our observing field in Chiefland boasts a wonderful array of amenities. First and foremost, it is dark. The private 5+ acre field has showers, a clubhouse, restrooms, a picnic area, and much more. The ground is relatively flat providing easy setup of equipment, tents, and RVs. We also are blessed with 360 degrees of unblocked sky. On top of that, we have the distinction of being virtually insect free. That's right, you may be "bugged" by a few mosquitoes in season, but not much else can be found the rest of the year. Fall nights are generally cool to cold and clear with daytime highs typically in the 70's. Summers on the other hand are full of hot, 90 degree days and warm, comfortable nights. And yes, there is the occasional thunderstorm, so come prepared!. We welcome you to pay us a visit at your earliest convenience and join us as a new member for a first time annual fee of $45 ($35 every year after that) to help with the costs of updating and maintaining the facilities. There is also a nightly charge, for those who observe or image, of $5 a night for tent and $10 a night for RV, to cover operating costs.

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  • Moon Over Monona Terrace
    Dates TBD
    Host: Madison Astronomical Society
    Location: Monona Terrace Rooftop Garden, Madison, Wisconsin
    Website: https://www.mononaterrace.com/event-group/moon-monona-terrace/

    One of our most popular programs, Moon Over Monona Terrace combines the talents of the Madison Astronomical Society (MAS) with the striking views from the Monona Terrace Rooftop, topped off with crossed fingers for a crystal clear Madison evening! Young and old alike are invited to view celestial objects through a multitude of different telescopes. The evening will begin with moon viewing only, and will progress to different objects as the sky darkens. Activities include short kid-friendly presentations on the moon and other celestial phenomena, and a kid's fun zone with educational games and prizes! Fun for the whole family!

  • Star Parties at the South Physics Observatory, University of Utah
    Every Clear Wednesday Night
    Host: South Physics Observatory at the University of Utah
    Location: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
    Website: http://web.utah.edu/astro

    Free Star parties for all ages every Clear Wednesday night at the South Physics Observatory. The events are held all year and the times change so check the webpage for times and details. Hosted by the University of Utah Physics and Astronomy Department. The star party is held on campus at the University of Utah at 125 south 1400 East in Salt Lake City.

  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park Star Party
    Select Nights During Summer
    Host: Carlsbad Caverns National Park
    Location: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
    Website: http://www.nps.gov/cave/planyourvisit/starparties.htm

    This summer Carlsbad Caverns National Park will be hosting several Star Party events. The park is a perfect spot for viewing the wonders of the night sky due to its location away from the lights of the local communities. Weather permitting; telescopes will be available for viewing the celestial night sky and will provide an opportunity for visitors to see for themselves what spectacular views are available in the universe above. Rangers will be available to discuss a variety of topics from nocturnal creatures, cultural folklore and astronomy. The public is welcome. No fee or advance reservations are necessary. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. These events will be held immediately after Bat Flight, so please join us in the East parking lot in front of the visitor center (parking limited to the West lot). The visitor center and cave will not be open during these events.

  • Stargazing at the Public Observatory
    Select Nights During Summer
    Host: National Air & Space Museum
    Location: National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC
    Website: http://airandspace.si.edu/events/telescopic-observing/

    The National Air and Space Museum’s Public Observatory will be open for special nighttime stargazing. Do not miss this chance to see an array of celestial objects through a powerful professional telescope as well as additional portable telescopes.

  • Night Under the Stars Party
    November 19, 2022
    Host: Astronomers of Verde Valley
    Location: Alamo Lake State Park, Arizona
    Website: https://azstateparks.com/

    Alamo Lake State Park is one of Arizona’s best kept secrets. The stark desert beauty is reflected off the water where cacti dot the mountainous landscape that surround the lake. Nestled in the Bill Williams River Valley, the park offers outdoor fun, premier bass fishing, rest and relaxation. In November, we will be holding our annual Night Under the Stars Star Party. Reserve campsites online. At the event, please note that no flash photos are allowed after dark to protect everyone's night vision. Please bring a red flashlight or for a small donation mini-red LED flashlights will be available at the event.

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  • International Dark Sky Week
    April 22 - 30, 2022
    Host: The Astronomical League
    Location: Various Locations
    Website: https://www.darksky.org

    International Dark Sky Week is held during the week of the new moon in April. It is a week during which people worldwide turn out their outdoor lights in order to observe the wonders of the night sky without light pollution. It has been endorsed by the International Dark-Sky Association, the American Astronomical Society, the Astronomical League. So go ahead and turn out your outdoor lights this week to appreciate the beauty of the night sky!

  • International Astronomy Day
    May 7, 2022
    Host: The Astronomical League
    Location: Various Locations
    Website: http://www.astroleague.org/al/astroday/astroday.html

    Astronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. The theme of Astronomy Day is "Bringing Astronomy to the People," and on this day astronomy and stargazing clubs and other organizations around the world will plan special events. You can find out about special local events in your area by contacting your local astronomy club or planetarium.

  • Northeast Astronomy Forum
    Dates TBD
    Host: N/A
    Location: Suffern, New York
    Website: http://www.rocklandastronomy.com/neaf.html

    America's Premiere Astronomy ExpoNEAF is quite simply the world’s largest and most exciting space & astronomy event of its kind. Two amazing days feature world-renowned speakers, exclusive product showcases with more than 115 on-site vendors & exhibitors, NEAF Solar Star Party with daily solar observing, Pro/Am conference, STARLAB planetarium shows, getting started classes for beginners, children's space & astronomy program of activities, and hourly door prize giveaways.

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