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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, call or check 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.

West


SKYWATCHING
Experience the Night: Dark Night Skies

Tumacacori National Historical Park, Tumacacori, Arizona
March 12, 2021, 5 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
(520) 337-5060

SKYWATCHING
Wonders of the Night Sky

George Washington Carver National Monument, Diamond, Missouri
March 13, 2021, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(417) 325-4151

East


SKYWATCHING
Skywatch at Northwest River Park

Northwest River Park, Chesapeake, Virginia
March 6, 2021, 6-10 p.m.
Free admission
(757) 421-7151

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Program

Big Cypress National Preserve, Ochopee, Florida
March 13, 2021
Park admission fees apply if held in person
(Program may be in-person or virtual; check before date)
(239) 695-1149

SKYWATCHING
Skywatch at Northwest River Park

Northwest River Park, Chesapeake, Virginia
April 3, 2021, 7-11 p.m.
Free admission
(757) 421-7151

SKYWATCHING
Skywatch at Northwest River Park

Northwest River Park, Chesapeake, Virginia
May 1, 2021, 8 p.m.
Free admission
(757) 421-7151

EVENT
Green Bank Star Quest XVII

Green Bank Observatory, Clarksburg, West Virginia
Star party and conference

July 7-10, 2021
Admission fee; early registration required

SKYWATCHING
Almost Heaven Star Party 2021

Spruce Knob Mountain Center, Circleville, West Virginia
September 3-7, 2021
Admission charged

 

Virtual


LECTURE
Marshal Martz Memorial Astronomical Association

Robin Elgart, NASA; radiation in human space flight
March 17, 2021, 7:30 p.m. EST

EVENT
Las Cruces Space Festival

A celebration of space-related activity in southern New Mexico and beyond
April 9-12, 2021

PRESENTATION
Air & Space Live Chat: The Space Shuttle

April 15, 2021, 1 p.m. EST