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Places to Go, Stars to See

star party graphicKeep up with astronomy and space events from coast to coast with these listings. They include star parties, museum events, public talks, and many other events. We'll add new activities as we hear about them, so check back often for events in your area.

Because weather conditions can change rapidly, and because the COVID-19 outbreak has forced many facilities to close or cancel events, we suggest calling or checking the event website for details before attending any skywatching event.

We also have listings of observatories, planetariums, and other public facilities that offer views through telescopes at various times of the year.

See also: McDonald Observatory On-site Programs

If you want to add your event to this list, please send your information using "Star Party listing request" on our Contact Form.

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SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, Texas
April 18, 2020, 9-11 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(817) 776-3924

SKYWATCHING
Starwalk

Copper's Break State Park, Quanah, Texas
(An International Dark Sky Park)

April 25, 2020, 8 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(849) 839-4331




SKYWATCHING
Starwalk

Copper's Break State Park, Quanah, Texas
(An International Dark Sky Park)

May 23, 2020, 8:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(849) 839-4331

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Making a Mars Rover

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
June 18, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Making a Mars Rover
Caltech, Pasadena, California
June 19, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Starwalk

Copper's Break State Park, Quanah, Texas
(An International Dark Sky Park)

June 20, 2020, 9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(849) 839-4331

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A Day in the Life of the Deep Space Network

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
July 9, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission

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A Day in the Life of the Deep Space Network
Caltech, Pasadena, California
July 10, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission


Los Angeles
July 25, 2020, 2-9:45 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Failure IS an Option: The Agony and Inspiration of Defeat

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
August 20, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission

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Failure IS an Option: The Agony and Inspiration of Defeat
Caltech, Pasadena, California
August 21, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission


Los Angeles
August 22, 2020, 2-9:45 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Visualizing Space Exploration: AR, VR, and Emerging Tech

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
September 17, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Visualizing Space Exploration: AR, VR, and Emerging Tech
Caltech, Pasadena, California
September 18, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Galaxy of Horrors: Terrifying Real Planets

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
October 15, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission

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Galaxy of Horrors: Terrifying Real Planets
Caltech, Pasadena, California
October 16, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free admission

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SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Through Telescopes

Indiana Dunes National Park, Porter, Indiana
April 18, 2020, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(219) 395-1821

SKYWATCHING
Midsouth Star Gaze and Astronomy Conference

Rainwater Observatory, French Camp, Mississippi
April 22-25, 2020
Registration fees apply

LECTURE
Capturing an Image of a Black Hole

Sheperd Doeleman, founding director, Event Horizon Telescope; followed by stargazing
National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC
May 14, 2020, 8 p.m.
Free admission; registration required



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Invading Mars

Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park, Byrdstown, Tennessee
July 4, 2020, 1 p.m.
(931) 864-3247
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Perseid Shooting Star Party 2020

Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge, Georgia
August 14, 2020, 9 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(706) 557-3001