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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
Star Talks in the Park

Lake Whitney State Park, Whitney, Texas
April 24, 2021, 8-10 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(254) 694-3793

SKYWATCHING
Star Talks in the Park

Lake Whitney State Park, Whitney, Texas
May 8, 2021, 8-10 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(254) 694-3793

SKYWATCHING
Star Talks in the Park

Lake Whitney State Park, Whitney, Texas
June 5, 2021, 8-10 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(254) 694-3793

SKYWATCHING
Star Talks in the Park

Lake Whitney State Park, Whitney, Texas
June 12, 2021, 8-10 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(254) 694-3793

SKYWATCHING
Star Talks in the Park

Lake Whitney State Park, Whitney, Texas
July 3, 2021, 8-10 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(254) 694-3793

SKYWATCHING
Star Talks in the Park

Lake Whitney State Park, Whitney, Texas
July 24, 2021, 8-10 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(254) 694-3793

SKYWATCHING
Star Talks in the Park

Lake Whitney State Park, Whitney, Texas
August 7, 2021, 8-10 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(254) 694-3793

SKYWATCHING
Star Talks in the Park

Lake Whitney State Park, Whitney, Texas
August 14, 2021, 8-10 p.m.
Park entrance fees apply
Reservations required
(254) 694-3793

 

 

East


SKYWATCHING
Skywatch at Northwest River Park

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

SKYWATCHING
Saturday 'Sun' Day at Elizabeth River Park

Elizabeth River Park, Chesapeake, Virginia
May 29, 2021, 10 a.m.
Free admission

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


PRESENTATION
Air & Space Live Chat: The Space Shuttle

April 15, 2021, 1 p.m. EST

LECTURE
National Air and Space Museum
Sampling an Asteroid to Understand the Birth of our Planet; Tim McCoy, National Museum of Natural History
April 27, 2021, 8 p.m. EST
Reservations required

LECTURE
National Air and Space Museum
Dragonfly: In Situ Exploration of Saturn's Moon Titan, an Organic Ocean World; Elizabeth Turtle, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
May 26, 2021, 8 p.m. EST
Reservations required

LECTURE
National Air and Space Museum
Venus Rediscovered: An Astrobiological or Astrophysical Frontier?; James Garvin, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
June 29, 2021, 8 p.m. EST
Reservations required