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EarthSky // Astronomy Essentials, Science Wire, Space Release Date: Aug 30, 2015

Astronomy events, star parties, festivals, workshops

One excellent way to learn the night sky is to let a friend point out the stars and constellations. This list of events could help you get started.

Here's the Texas Star Party in 2009, one of the biggest such events of the year, drawing about 500 deep-sky enthusiasts and their telescopes to the Davis Mountains of West Texas.  Image via Todd Hargis / Ron Ronhaar.  Used with permission.

Here’s the Texas Star Party in 2009, one of the biggest public astronomy events of each year, drawing about 500 deep-sky enthusiasts and their telescopes to the Davis Mountains of West Texas. Image used with permission, via Todd Hargis and Ron Ronhaar.

Interested in astronomy, but not sure where to begin? Seek out your local astronomy club, a roomful of willing and able amateur astronomers, whose telescopes may offer your first glimpse of the cosmos. The Astronomical League, an umbrella organization of 240 amateur astronomy clubs and societies in the U.S., helps us create and maintain the list of events on this page. Click here to visit the Astronomical League’s website.

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Fall 2015

September 9–13
Brothers Star Party
Brothers, Oregon
www.mbsp.org

September 10–14
Acadia Night Sky Festival
Bar Harbor, Maine
www.acadianightskyfestival.org

September 10–13
Hidden Hollow Star Party
Warren Rupp Observatory
Mansfield, Ohio
www.wro.org

September 10–13
Illinois Dark Skies Star Party
Jim Edgar–Panther Creek State Fish
and Wildlife Area, Illinois
www.sas-sky.org

September 11–13
Black Forest Star Party
Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania
www.bfsp.org

September 11–12
Craters of the Moon Star Party
Craters of the Moon National Monument
and Preserve, Idaho
www.ifastro.org

September 11–12
Idaho Star Party
Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho
www.isp.boiseastro.org

September 10–13
Heart of America Star Party
Astronomical Society of Kansas City
Overland Park, Kansas
www.hoasp.org

September 11–13
Jersey Starquest
Hope, New Jersey
www.princetonastronomy.org

September 12–20
Okie–Tex Star Party
Kenton, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Astronomy Club
www.okie-tex.com

September 17–20
Great Lakes Star Gaze
Gladwin, Michigan
www.greatlakesstargaze.com

September 18-20
Astrophotography Workshop
Adirondack Public Observatory
Tupper Lake, New York
www.apobservatory.org

September 19
National Astronomy Day
Worley Observatory, LSU–Shreveport, Louisiana
www.shreveportastronomy.com

September 25–26
Astronomy at the Beach
Kensington Metropark, Brighton, Michigan
www.glaac.org/kensington-astronomy-at-the-beach

September 26
Gateway to Space
St. Louis, Missouri
www.gatewaytospace.org

September 26–27
Tennessee Fall Star Gaze
Pikeville, Tennessee
www.cumberlandastronomicalsociety.org

October 5
Virginia Association of Astronomical Societies
Charlottesville Astronomical Society
Charlottesville, Virginia
cvilleastro.com/vaas-2015

October 5–10
Eldorado Star Party
X-Bar Ranch, Eldorado, Texas
www.eldoradostarparty.org

October 8-11
SJAC Fall Star Party
Belleplain State Forest, New Jersey
www.sjac.us

October 9–11
Connecticut Star Party
Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation, Goshen, Connecticut
www.asnh.org

October 9–11
Custer Jamboree
Southold, New York
www.custerobservatory.org/events.htm

October 11–18
Peach State Star Gaze
Deerlick Astronomy Village,
Crawfordville, Georgia
www.atlantaastronomy.org/PSSG

October 12–18
Staunton River Star Party
Scottsburg, Virginia
www.stauntonriver-starparty.org

October 13–18
Astroblast
Oil City, Pennsylvania
www.oras.org

October 14-17
Enchanted Skies Star Party
Socorro, New Mexico
www.enchantedskies.org

November 3-8
Deep South Regional Star Gaze
Norwood, Louisiana
www.stargazing.net/dsrsg

November 5–8
Nightfall (Star Party)
Borrego Springs, California
www.rtmcastronomyexpo.org

November 9-15
CSPG Fall Star Party
Chiefland, Florida
www.chieflandstarpartygroup.com/fall.html

November 14
Evening Star Party at Ralph A. Worley Observatory
Shreveport, Louisiana
www.shreveportastronomy.com

Spring 2016

March 9–13
Staunton River Star Party
Scottsburg, Virginia
www.stauntonriver-starparty.org

April 2–9, 2016
OzSky Star Safari, a.k.a. Deepest
South Texas Star Safari
Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia
www.ozsky.org

May 1-8, 2016
38th Annual Texas Star Party
Prude Ranch near Fort Davis, Texas
texasstarparty.org/

Bottom line: List of astronomy and night sky events for the public, for fall 2015 and spring 2016, compiled in cooperation with the awesome Astronomical League. Join in, and have fun!