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.
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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.
Upcoming astronomy events … summer, 2018
Coming Events: Summer 2018
Indiana Family Star Party
Camp Cullom, Frankfort, Indiana
Green Bank Star Quest XV
Green Bank National Radio Observatory, West Virginia?
Astronomical League Convention
Golden State Star Party
Frosty Acres Ranch, Adin, California
Connecticut River Valley Astronomers Conjunction
?Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, Massachusetts
Nebraska Star Party
Merritt Reservoir, Valentine, Nebraska
Table Mountain Star Party
Eden Valley Ranch, Oroville, Washington
Oregon Star Party
Ochoco National Forest. Prineville, Oregon
Julian Starfest (POSTPONED)
Menghini Winery, Julian, California
Breezy Hill, Springfield, Vermont
Island Star Party
Bright Angle Park, Cowichan Station
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
August 10, 17, 24, and 31
Maine State Star Party
Cobscook Bay State Park, Edmunds, Maine
August 30–September 3
Iowa Star Party
Whiterock Conservancy’s Whiterock Resort, Coon Rapids, Iowa
Northern Nights Star Fest
Long Lake Conservation Center, Minnesota
Acadia Night Sky Festival
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine
2018 Bootleg Astronomy Star Party
Green River Conservation Area, Harmon, Illinois
Black Forest Star Party
Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania
Almost Heaven Star Party
Spruce Knob, West Virginia
Astronomy at the Beach
Great Lakes Association of Astronomy Clubs
Kent Lake beach, Island Lake State Recreation Area, Brighton, Michigan
Okie-Tex Star Party
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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