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EarthSky // Astronomy Essentials, Science Wire, Space Release Date: Feb 29, 2016

Astronomy events, star parties, festivals, workshops

We just added a bunch of new events for various parts of North America in the coming months. Click in, and find some astronomy fun!

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.”

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 2016 hasn’t been posted yet. Check back.

View larger. | Big Dipper on the horizon while getting set up at CST-25 (Astornomical Society of New Haven's 25th annual Connecticut Star Party) in Goshen, Connecticut.  Photo by Kurt Zeppetello.

View larger. | Big Dipper on the horizon while getting set up at the Astronomical Society of New Haven‘s 25th annual Connecticut Star Party in Goshen, Connecticut, October 9-11, 2015. Photo by Kurt Zeppetello.

Upcoming astronomy events …

April 1-3, 2016
Pickett Astronomy Weekend
Pickett-Pogue Dark Sky Park
Jamestown, Tennessee

April 2
Star Party at Curiosity Peak
945 Hacienda Dr.
Julian, California (San Diego County)

April 2
Astronomy Day
Kern Astronomical Society, William M. Thomas
Planetarium, Bakersfield, California

April 2 or 3, 2016
Night Sky Maine Photography Workshop
Sandy Point Beach, Maine
Taylor Photography

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

April 5 or 6, 2016
Night Sky Maine Photography Workshop
Nubble Lighthouse, Cape Neddick, Maine
Taylor Photography

April 6–9
Mid-South Star Gaze and Astronomy Conference
French Camp, Mississippi

April 7–8
Northeast Astro-Imaging Conference
Rockland Astronomy Club, Suffern, New York

April 7–10
Southern Star Astronomy Convention
Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club, Little
Switzerland, North Carolina

April 7–10
South Jersey Astronomy Club Spring Star Party
Belleplain, New Jersey

April 8-9
North Carolina Statewide Star Party
35+ public skywatching sessions from the North Carolina mountains to the coast

April 8-10, 2016
Death Valley’s Celestial Centennial
Furnace Creek, Death Valley, California

April 8-10, 2016 and once month thereafter
GMARS @ Landers California

April 9, 2016
Free monthly public viewing with Seal Beach Astronomers
Seal Beach Pier, Seal Beach, CA.
Events announced at sponsor’s website under Events tab

April 9-10, 2016
Northeast Astronomy Forum
Suffern, New York

April 16, 2016
Astronomy Day
Barrington, Rhode Island
Town Hall front lawn (1 to 5 for solar observing, 7:30 to 9:30 evening viewing)

April 29–30, 2016
NCRAL 2016
Heartland Community College, Normal, Illinois

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

May 2-5, 2016
Night Sky Utah Photography Workshop
Moab, Utah
Taylor Photography: SOLD OUT

May 5–8
Two Rivers Spring Star Party
Heaven’s Gate Farm, Barry, Illinois

May 6–8
Tennessee Spring Star Party
Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee

May 6-8, 2016
Michiana Star Party Eight – MSP8
Vandalia, Michigan
(About 35 miles northeast of South Bend, Indiana)

May 9-12, 2016
Night Sky Utah Photography/Processing Workshop
Moab, Utah
Taylor Photography/Utah Session II

May 14, 2016
International Astronomy Day
Local astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, and observatories will be sponsoring public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops, and other activities.
Organized by the Astronomical League

May 19–23
London, Ontario, Canada

May 26 – May 30, 2016
RTMC Astronomy Expo (Riverside)
Camp Oakes, Big Bear, California

May 27 – May 30, 2016
4-Night “Dark Sky” DSLR Timelapse Photography Workshop
Moab, Utah

Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA) annual meeting
May 30-June 2, 2016
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

June 1 – 4, 2016
4-Night “Dark Sky” DSLR Advanced Timelapse Workshop with Motion Control
Moab, Utah

June 1 – 4, 2016
Night Sky Maine Photography/Processing Workshop
Acadia National Park (Bar Harbor), Maine
Taylor Photography

June 2 – 4, 2016
The Symposium on Telescope Science
Ontario Airport Hotel, Ontario, California

June 2-5, 2016
Cherry Springs Star Party
Coudersport, Pennsylvania

June 2–5, 2016
Wisconsin Observers’ Weekend
Hartman Creek State Park just west of Waupaca, Wisconsin

June 3–5, 2016
2016 Bootleg Astronomy Star Party
Green River Conservation Area, Harmon, Illinois

June 3–5, 2016
MSRAL 2016 Convention
University of Missouri–Columbia

June 4–11, 2016
Grand Canyon (Arizona) Star Party: North Rim

June 6 – 11, 2016
6-Night “Dark Sky” DSLR Light & Shadow Timelapse Workshop with Motion Control
Moab, Utah

June 9–12, 2016
Starr Pass Resort, Tucson, Arizona

June 11, 2016
Apollo Rendezvous 2016 (49th year!)
Miami Valley Astronomical Society

June 20-21
Native Skywatchers – Educator & Community 2-day Workshop
Cloquet, Minnesota

June 29-July 3, 2016
Rocky Mountain Star Stare
Colorado Springs Astronomical Society, Gardner, Colorado

June 29 or 30, 2016
Night Sky Maine Photography Workshop
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Maine
Taylor Photography

July 6 – 7, 2016
Night Sky Maine Photography/Processing Workshop
Marshall Point Lighthouse, Port Clyde, Maine
Taylor Photography

July 6–9
Green Bank Star Quest 13
National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Green
Bank, West Virginia

July 8-10, 2016
Star-B-Q, Eccles Ranch, Alberta, and other 2016 star parties in western Canada

July 14-15
Native Skywatchers – Educator & Community 2-day Workshop
St. Paul, Minnesota

July 24-30, 2016
Maine Astronomy Retreat
Washington, Maine

July 27 – 30, 2016
Night Sky Maine Photography/Processing Workshop w/ 3 Instructors
Acadia National Park, Maine
Taylor Photography/Acadia 3 Instructor

July 27-31, 2016
York County Star Party
Shreveport Airport North
Wellsville, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC)

July 30 – August 7, 2016
Mount Kobau Star Party
Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada

July 31–August 5
Nebraska Star Party
Merritt Reservoir, Valentine, Nebraska

August 2–7
Oregon Star Party
Trail Spring, Ochoco National Forest, Oregon

August 3 – 6, 2016
Night Sky NH Photography/Processing Workshop w/ 2 Instructors
Pittsburg, NH
Taylor Photography

August 3-7, 2016
Saskatchewan Summer Star Party
Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan, Canada

August 4-7, 2016
Mount Forest, Ontario, Canada

August 4-7, 2016
Stellafane Convention
Springfield, Vermont

August 5-7, 2016
Kejimkujik Dark Sky Weekend
Caledonia, Nova Scotia, Canada

August 5-7, 2016
Butterpot Star Party
St. John’s, Newfoundland

August 10–13
ALCon in Washington, D.C.
Northern Virginia Astronomy Club

August 12-14
Dark Sky Festival
Siskiyou Mountains in northern California, southern Oregon

August 26-28, 2016
Nova East
Smileys Provincial Park
Nova Scotia, Canada

September 2-4, 2016
Alberta Star Party
Starland, Alberta, Canada

September 24 – October 2, 2016
33rd Annual Okie-Tex Star Party
Camp Billie Joe, Oklahoma

September 27 – October 2, 2016
Northern Prairie Star Party
Tofield, Alberta, Canada

February 20 – 26, 2017
Winter Star Party
Florida Keys

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!