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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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West
 

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The Cold Atom Laboratory Mission

Anita Sengupta, Robert Thompson, mission scientists
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

March 9, 2017, 7 p.m.
Free admission

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The Cold Atom Laboratory Mission

Anita Sengupta, Robert Thompson, mission scientists
Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California
March 10, 2017, 7 p.m.
Free admission

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Mars 2020 and Beyond: Will We Find Life on the Red Planet?

Ken Williford, Deputy Project Scientist, Mars 2020 Mission
University California, Riverside; Riverside, California
March 23, 2017, 6 p.m.
Free admission

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Alien Planets: Are There Other Earths Lurking in Our Galaxy?

Antigona Segura Peralta, Professor of Astrobiology, National Autonomous University of Mexico
University California, Riverside; Riverside, California
April 13, 2017, 6 p.m.
Free admission

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Cassini: The Grand Finale Begins

Earl Maize, Cassini project manager;
Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
May 11, 2017, 7 p.m.
Free admission

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Cassini: The Grand Finale Begins

Earl Maize, Cassini project manager;
Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist
Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California
May 12, 2017, 7 p.m.
Free admission

Central/East
 

African-American Pioneers in Aviation and Space
National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia
February 25, 2017, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free admission, $15 parking fee

The Night Sky
Pelham Bay Nature Center, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, New York
Highlighting the history and folklore of the solar system, and using the naked eye to locate stars and planets.
March 4, 2017, 6-7:30 p.m.
Free admission
718-319-7258

The Night Sky
Payson Center, Inwood Hill Park, New York City
Highlighting the history and folklore of the solar system, and using the naked eye to locate stars and planets.
March 11, 2017, 7-8:30 p.m.
Free admission
212-628-2345

The Night Sky
Audubon Center at the Boathouse, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York
Highlighting the history and folklore of the solar system, and using the naked eye to locate stars and planets.
March 18, 2017, 8-9:30 p.m.
Free admission
718-421-2021

The Night Sky
Visitor Center, Conference House Park, Staten Island, New York
Celebrating the spring equinox by watching the constellations.
March 19, 2017, 7:30-9 p.m.
Free admission
718-967-3542

Mid-South Star Gaze
Rainwater Observatory, French Camp, Mississippi
April 26-29, 2017

Jupiter and Constellations Event
NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center, Wallops Island, Virginia
Astronomy presentation followed by night sky viewing
April 28, 2017, 7-10 p.m.
Free admission
757-824-1344

Red Rover: Mission to Mars
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Young visitors will learn about rovers, then design and build their own
June 3, 10, 2017, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free admission ($15 parking fee)