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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.

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

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Lithograph of Mare Humorum, a lunar "sea"

EXHIBITION
Radiant Beauty: E.L. Trouvelot's Astronomical Drawings

Exhibition of 18th-century lithographs
Huntington Library, San Marino, California
April 28-July 30, 2018
Admission

LECTURE/SKYWATCHING
Star Party, Homolovi State Park, Winslow, Arizona

Lecture about famous women astronomers in history, followed by a star party
September 1, 2018, 7 p.m./sunset
Park entrance fees
(928) 289-4106

SKYWATCHING
Star Party, Oracle State Park, Oracle, Arizona

September 1, 2018, 7-9 p.m.
Park entrance fees
(520) 896-2425

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Star Party

Fort Union National Monument, New Mexico
September 1, 2018, 8:30-10 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Summer Star Party

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah
September 1, 2018, 8-10:30 p.m.
(435) 586-0787, ext. 4031
Park admission fees

SKYWATCHING
Music & the Stars

Skywatching plus a musical performance
Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs, New Mexico
September 1, 2018, 6:30-9 p.m.
Park entrance fees
(575) 524-4068

LECTURE
NASA at 60: The Role of the Robots

Panel discussion
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
September 6, 2018, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
[email protected]: The Role of the Robots

Panel discussion
Caltech, Pasadena, California
September 7, 2018, 7 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
September 7-9, 2018
(701) 623-4466
Park admission fees

SKYWATCHING
Dark Sky Festival

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, California
Skywatching, lectures, telescope viewing, solar system walk, and many other activities
September 7-9, 2018
Various admission fees

SKYWATCHING
Southwest Astronomy Festival

Various Venues, Utah
Skywatching, lectures, telescope viewing, solar viewing, night sky photography workshop, and many other activities
September 7-9, 2018
Various admission fees

SKYWATCHING
Starry Nights at Pecos

Pecos National Historical Park, New Mexico
September 15, 2018, beginning at dusk
(505) 757-7241
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing with Rangers

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah
September 27, 2018, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
(928) 608-6354
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Program

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant, Colorado
September 28, 2018, 7:30-10 p.m.
$7 per adult, children 15 and under free

SKYWATCHING
Public Star Party, Antelope Valley State Park, Syracuse, Utah

September 29, 2018; solar viewing at 5 p.m., night sky viewing at dark
Park entrance fees
(801) 725-9263

SKYWATCHING
Star Party, Homolovi State Park, Winslow, Arizona

October 6, 2018, sunset
Park entrance fees
(928) 289-4106

SKYWATCHING
Music & the Stars

Skywatching plus a musical performance
Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs, New Mexico
October 6, 2018, 6:30-9 p.m.
Park entrance fees
(575) 524-4068

SKYWATCHING
Public Star Party, Antelope Valley State Park, Syracuse, Utah

October 13, 2018; solar viewing at 5 p.m., night sky viewing at dark
Park entrance fees
(801) 725-9263

SKYWATCHING
Star Party, Homolovi State Park, Winslow, Arizona

November 3, 2018, sunset
Park entrance fees
(928) 289-4106

SKYWATCHING
November Skies

Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs, New Mexico
November 3, 2018, 6:30-9 p.m.
Park entrance fees
(575) 524-4068

SKYWATCHING
Turning Back the Sun: Winter Solstice

Daytime activities plus nighttime skywatching
Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs, New Mexico
December 1, 2018, 6:30-9 p.m.
Park entrance fees
(575) 524-4068

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SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Night, The High Line, Manhattan, New York

August 14, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Star Gazing Cruise

Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock, Arkansas
August 18, 2018, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
(501) 868-5806
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky of the Northwoods

Lake Vermillion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, Tower, Minnesota
August 18, 2018, 8:30-10 p.m.
(218) 300-7000
Park admission fee

SKYWATCHING
Big Bog Night Sky: Much Ado About Mars!

Big Bog State Recreation Area, Waskish, Minnesota
August 18, 2018, 8:30-10 p.m.
(218) 647-8592
Park admission fee

SKYWATCHING
Mars Starwatch Party

Camden State Park, Lynd, Minnesota
August 25, 2018, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
(507) 865-4530
Park admission fee

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Night, The High Line, Manhattan, New York

August 21, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Sun Gaze Sunday

Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York
Watching the Sun through solar telescopes
August 26, 2018, Noon-4 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Night, The High Line, Manhattan, New York

August 28, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Stargaze Saturday

Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York
September 1, 2018, 8-11 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Telescope Viewing on Mt. Tom

Sibley State Park, New London, Minnesota
September 2, 2018, 8-9 p.m.
(320) 354-2055
Park admission fee

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Night, The High Line, Manhattan, New York

September 4, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Withrow Springs State Park, Huntsville, Arkansas
September 7, 2018, 8:30 p.m.
(479) 559-2593

Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Astronomy and Stargazing

Glacial Lakes State Park, Elba, Minnesota
September 8, 2018, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
(320) 239-2860
Park admission fee

SKYWATCHING
Lecture/Star Party: Neptune at Opposition

Hobbs State Park, Rogers, Arkansas
September 8, 2018; lecture at 7 p.m., stargazing at 8 p.m.
(479) 789-5000

Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Through Telescopes

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana
September 8, 2018, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
(219) 395-1821
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky from the Bluff

Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska
September 8, 2018, 9-10:30 p.m.
(308) 436-9700, ext. 0
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Night, The High Line, Manhattan, New York

September 11, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Astronomy Night

George Rogers Clark National Historic Park, Vincennes, Indiana
September 15, 2018,7-9 p.m.
(812) 882-1776, ext. 1207
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Night, The High Line, Manhattan, New York

September 18, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Shadow Science: Using Eclipses to Shed New Light on Heavenly Bodies

James L. Green
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
September 12, 2018, 11:30 a.m.
Free admission


SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock, Arkansas
September 15, 2018, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
(501) 868-5806
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Fall Equinox Celebration

Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott, Arkansas
September 22, 2018, 5-7:30 p.m.
(501) 961-9442
$4 adults, $3 children ages 6-12, under 12 free

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Night, The High Line, Manhattan, New York

September 25, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Night, The High Line, Manhattan, New York

October 2, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Night, The High Line, Manhattan, New York

October 9, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Titan - An Exotic Ocean World Waiting to Be Explored

Melissa Trainer
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
October 11, 2018, 11:30 a.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Fall Astronomy Day

Pickett CCC Memorial State Park, Jamestown, Tennessee
October 13, 2018, 9:30 p.m.
(931) 879-5821
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Astronomy and Stargazing

Glacial Lakes State Park, Elba, Minnesota
October 13, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
(320) 239-2860
Park admission fee

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Through Telescopes

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana
October 13, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
(219) 395-1821
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Night, The High Line, Manhattan, New York

October 16, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Night, The High Line, Manhattan, New York

October 23, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Night, The High Line, Manhattan, New York

October 30, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Through Telescopes

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana
November 10, 2018, 5-7 p.m.
(219) 395-1821
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Through Telescopes

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana
December 8, 2018, 5-7 p.m.
(219) 395-1821
Free admission