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Astro festivals, star parties, workshops

Summertime is a great time for star parties, in part because, at this time of year, we can see toward the galaxy’s center. Plus it’s the best time to see Saturn now, and Mars will be bright this summer. Join in, and have fun!

North Carolina’s Fort Macon State Park hosts 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 is 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.

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.”

Upcoming astronomy events … summer, 2018

Coming Events: Summer 2018

July 10–15
Indiana Family Star Party
Camp Cullom, Frankfort, Indiana
www.indianastars.com/starparty

July 11–14
Green Bank Star Quest XV
Green Bank National Radio Observatory, West Virginia?
www.greenbankstarquest.org

July 11–14
Astronomical League Convention
Minneapolis, Minnesota
alcon2018.astroleague.org

July 11–15
Golden State Star Party
Frosty Acres Ranch, Adin, California
www.goldenstatestarparty.org

July 13–14
Connecticut River Valley Astronomers Conjunction
?Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, Massachusetts
www.philharrington.net/astroconjunction

August 5–10
Nebraska Star Party
Merritt Reservoir, Valentine, Nebraska
www.nebraskastarparty.org

August 7–11
Table Mountain Star Party
Eden Valley Ranch, Oroville, Washington
www.tmspa.com

August 7–12
Oregon Star Party
Ochoco National Forest. Prineville, Oregon
www.oregonstarparty.org

August 9–11
Julian Starfest (POSTPONED)
Menghini Winery, Julian, California
www.julianstarfest.com

August 9–12
Stellafane
Breezy Hill, Springfield, Vermont
stellafane.org/stellafane-main/convention

August 10-13
Island Star Party
Bright Angle Park, Cowichan Station
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
starfinders.ca/island-star-party

August 10, 17, 24, and 31
Maine State Star Party
Cobscook Bay State Park, Edmunds, Maine
www.facebook.com/events/1083499411792157

August 30–September 3
Iowa Star Party
Whiterock Conservancy’s Whiterock Resort, Coon Rapids, Iowa
www.iowastarparty.com

September 5–9
Northern Nights Star Fest
Long Lake Conservation Center, Minnesota
www.mnastro.org/NNSF

September 5–9
Acadia Night Sky Festival
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine
www.acadianightskyfestival.org

September 6–9
2018 Bootleg Astronomy Star Party
Green River Conservation Area, Harmon, Illinois
www.bootlegastronomy.com

September 7–9
Black Forest Star Party
Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania
www.bfsp.org

September 7–11
Almost Heaven Star Party
Spruce Knob, West Virginia
www.ahsp.org

September 14-15
Astronomy at the Beach
Great Lakes Association of Astronomy Clubs
Kent Lake beach, Island Lake State Recreation Area, Brighton, Michigan
www.glaac.org/

October 6–14
Okie-Tex Star Party
Kenton, Oklahoma
www.okie-tex.com

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 summer 2018, compiled in cooperation with the awesome Astronomical League. Join in, and have fun!

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