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Astro festivals, star parties, workshops

The season for star parties – where amateur astronomers with telescopes will show you the night sky – is just ahead. Find one near you …

North Carolina’s Fort Macon State Park host a monthly dark night astronomy program open to the public. With the help of the Crystal Coast Star Gazers Group, telescopes are set up for public viewing. In this photo, group member Fred Angeli”s headlamp leaves a streak of light as he approaches his ‘scope to focus on the night sky. Photo by Doug Waters.

Interested in astronomy, but not sure where to begin? A first step can be to seek out your local astronomy club. It consists of 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.

The Astronomical League also helps us create and maintain the list of events on this page. Click here to visit the Astronomical League’s website.

Know of an event that’s not on the list below? Contact us.

Do you have a great photo of a star party in your area? Submit here.

Looking for an astronomy club in your area? Click here.

Special thanks also to the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for help with this list.

Jump below the photo for a list of upcoming events! If no web link is given, it’s because the information for the upcoming event hasn’t been posted yet. Check back.

Jim Elliott of Powell, Ohio, contributed this photo.  He wrote:

Jim Elliott of Powell, Ohio, contributed this photo. He wrote: “The moon over Jupiter over Columbus, Ohio, at the OSU planetarium star party. April 16, 2016.”

Upcoming astronomy events …spring and summer, 2017

March 3-4, 2017
Tri-Star 2017
Greensboro Astronomy Club and the
Cline Observatory
Guilford Technical Community College,
Jamestown, North Carolina
observatory.gtcc.edu/tristar

March 16–19, 2017
Don Surles Mirror Making Workshop #17
Delmarva Star Gazers
delmarvastargazers.org/wp-content/static/mirrormaking

March 22–26, 2017
Staunton River Star Party
South Boston,
Virginia
www.chaosastro.com/starparty

March 23 or 24, 2017
Night Sky Photography Workshop with Taylor Photography
Sandy Point Beach, Maine
miketaylorphoto.smugmug.com

March 24–26, 2017
Pickett Astronomy Weekend
Pickett-Pogue Dark Sky Park
Jamestown, Tennessee
tnstateparks.com/events/details/#/?event=darksky-celebration-stargazing-weekend-2017

March 25, 2017
2017 All-Arizona Messier Marathon
Salome Emergency Airfield (south of I-10 at Exit 53)
Tucson, Arizona
www.saguaroastro.org/content/messier2017

March 28 or 29, 2017
Night Sky Photography Workshop with Taylor Photography
Nubble Light, Maine
miketaylorphoto.smugmug.com

April 6–7, 2017
Northeast Astro-Imaging Conference
Rockland Astronomy Club, Suffern,
New York
www.rocklandastronomy.com/neaic.html

April 8–9, 2017
Northeast Astronomy Forum
Suffern, New York
rocklandastronomy.com/neaf

April 20–23, 2017
South Jersey Astronomy Club Spring Star Party
Belleplain, New Jersey
sjac.us/starparty.html

April 21–22, 2017
North Carolina Statewide Star Party
35+ public skywatching sessions from the North
Carolina mountains to the coast
ncsciencefestival.org/starparty

April 21–23, 2017
NCRAL 2017 Convention
Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
rochesterskies.org

April 21 or 22, 2017
Night Sky Photography Workshop with Taylor Photography
Sandy Point Beach, Maine
miketaylorphoto.smugmug.com

April 22–29, 2017
The 2017 OzSky Star Safari
(aka Deepest South Texas Star Safari)
Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia
ozsky.org

April 26–29, 2017
Mid-South Star Gaze and Astronomy Conference
French Camp, Mississippi
rainwaterobservatory.org/rainwater

April 27–30, 2017
Southern Star Astronomy Convention
Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club, Little
Switzerland, North Carolina
www.charlotteastronomers.org/southernstar

April 26 or 27, 2017
Night Sky Photography Workshop with Taylor Photography
Nubble Light, Maine
miketaylorphoto.smugmug.com

April 28 or 29, 2017
Night Sky Photography Workshop with Taylor Photography
Pemaquid Point Light, Maine
miketaylorphoto.smugmug.com

April 29, 2017
Astronomy Day
Nationwide
www.astroleague.org/astronomyday/spring

April 29, 2017
Atascocita Star Party & Picnic
Atascocita Neighborhood Walmart, 12312 Will Clayton Pkwy, @6:30 p.m.
Humble, Texas
Atascocita Star Party & Picnic on Facebook

May 6–7, 2017
AstroCATS
London, Ontario, Canada
www.astrocats.ca

May 18–21, 2017
2017 Bootleg Astronomy Star Party
Green River Conservation Area, Harmon, Illinois
www.bootlegastronomy.com

May 19–21, 2017
Michiana Star Party 9
Dr. T.K. Lawless Park
www.michiana-astro.org

May 21-28, 2017
Texas Star Party
Fort Davis, Texas
texasstarparty.org

May 24-28+, 2017
York County Star Party
Wellsville, Pennsylvania
yorkcountystarparty.org

May 25–29, 2017
RTMC Astronomy Expo
YMCA Camp Oakes, Big Bear City, California
www.rtmcastronomyexpo.org

May 26–28, 2017
Tennessee Spring Star Party
Fall Creek Falls State Park
www.cumberlandastronomicalsociety.org

June 2–4, 2017
The Symposium on Telescope Science
Ontario Airport Hotel, Ontario, California
www.socastrosci.org/symposium.html

June 9–11, 2017
MSRAL 2017 Convention
Missouri State University
www.msral.org
June 17–24
Grand Canyon Star Party: North Rim, Arizona
saguaroastro.org/content/
2016GrandCanyonStarPartyNorthRim.htm

July 19–22, 2017
Green Bank Star Quest 14
Green Bank Observatory, West Virginia
www.greenbankstarquest.org

July 20-23, 2017
Stellafane
Springfield Telescope Makers
stellafane.org/about/announce

June 21–25, 2017
Rocky Mountain Star Stare
Gardner, Colorado
www.rmss.org

June 21 – 24, 2017
Night Sky Photography Workshop with Taylor Photography
Acadia National Park, Maine
miketaylorphoto.smugmug.com

June 22–25, 2017
Wisconsin Observers’ Weekend
Hartman Creek State Park, just west of
Waupaca, Wisconsin
www.new-star.org

June 27 – 29, 2017
Night Sky Photography Workshop with Taylor Photography
Pemaquid & Marshall Point Lights
miketaylorphoto.smugmug.com

August 16–19, 2017
AstroCon2017 and Total Solar Eclipse
Casper, Wyoming
www.astroleague.org

June 17-24
Grand Canyon Star Party
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon Star Party

July 19 – 22, 2017
Night Sky Photography Workshop with Taylor Photography
Acadia National Park, Maine
miketaylorphoto.smugmug.com

June 21–25, 2017
Rocky Mountain Star Stare 2017
Gardner, Colorado
rmss.org

June 22-25, 2017
Cherry Springs Star Party
Coudersport, Pennsylvania
www.astrohbg.org/CSSP

Tentatively sheduled for June 22-25, 2017
Wisconsin Observers’ Weekend
Hartman Creek State Park just west of Waupaca, Wisconsin
www.new-star.org/index.php

July 26 – 27, 2017
Night Sky Photography Workshop with Taylor Photography
Marshall Point Light, Maine
https://miketaylorphoto.smugmug.com

August 17 to 20, 2017
Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Dark Sky Festival
Wood Buffalo National Park (world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve)
Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada
www.tawbas.ca

September 15 – 17, 2017
Night Sky Photography Workshop with Taylor Photography
Moosehead Lake, Maine
miketaylorphoto.smugmug.com

September 21 – 23, 2017
Flagstaff Star Party
The Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition
Flagstaff, Arizona
flagstaffstarparty.org

September 22-24, 2017
Connecticut Star Party 27
Hosted by the Astronomical Society of New Haven
Strang Boy Scout Camp, Goshen, Connecticut
ASNH.ORG

September 24 – 25, 2017
Night Sky Photography Workshop with Taylor Photography
Marshall Point Light, Maine
miketaylorphoto.smugmug.com

October 19-22, 2017
Heart of America Star Party
Astronomical Society of Kansas City
www.askc.org/events/hoasp

Here is Dan Lewelyn at Deerlick Astronomy Village near Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Dave Woolsteen.

Here is Dan Lewelyn at Deerlick Astronomy Village near Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Dave Woolsteen.

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.

Texas Star Party, 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.

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

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