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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

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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LECTURE/SKYWATCHING
Celestial Movers and Shakers: How Gas Giants Shape Planetary Systems
Presentation by Marta Bryan, followed by skywatching
Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Caltech, Pasadena, California
April 20, 2018, 8 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Star Party, Homolovi State Park, Winslow, Arizona

May 5, 2018, sunset
Park entrance fees
(928) 289-4106

SKYWATCHING
Texas Star Party

Fort Davis, Texas
May 6-13, 2018
Admission

LECTURE/SKYWATCHING
The Grand Tour: Exploring Planets Outside the Solar System
Presentation by Heather Knutson, followed by skywatching
Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Caltech, Pasadena, California
May 25, 2018, 8 p.m.
Free admission

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

Presentation about light pollution and dark skies, followed by a star party
June 2, 2018, 5 p.m./sunset
Park entrance fees
(928) 289-4106

SPECIAL EVENT
Open House

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
June 9-10, 2018
Free admission, but tickets required

SKYWATCHING
Grand Canyon Star Party

North and south rims, Grand Canyon National Park
Nightly lectures and skywatching events
June 6-13, 2018
Park admission fees
(928) 638-7641

SKYWATCHING
Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival
Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce, Utah
June 13-16, 2018
Park admission fees apply
(435) 834-5322

LECTURE/SKYWATCHING
Mysterious Flashes of Radio Waves from Deep Space
Presentation by Gregg Hallinan, followed by skywatching
Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Caltech, Pasadena, California
June 22, 2018, 8 p.m.
Free admission

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

Introduction to astronomy for families, followed by a star party
July 7, 2018, 5:30 p.m./sunset
Park entrance fees
(928) 289-4106

SKYWATCHING
Oregon Star Party

Ochoco National Forest, Oregon
August 7-12, 2018
Admission

SKYWATCHING
Star Party, Homolovi State Park, Winslow, Arizona

August 11, 2018, sunset
Park entrance fees
(928) 289-4106

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

Lecture on 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
Star Party, Homolovi State Park, Winslow, Arizona

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

SKYWATCHING
Star Party, Homolovi State Park, Winslow, Arizona

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

 

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LECTURE
Making Stars and Planets

Lee Hartmann
Weiser Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
April 11, 2018, 4:10 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Midsouth Stargaze

Rainwater Observatory, French Camp, Mississippi
April 11-14, 2018
Admission charged

LECTURE/SKYWATCHING
Is Astronomy Ready for the James Webb Space Telescope?

Ken Sembach, Space Telescope Science Institute
Followed by stargazing at the public observatory
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
April 18, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Free admission, but tickets required
Transmitted on Air and Space Live

SKYWATCHING
Statewide Astronomy Night, Michigan

Events across the state
April 20, 2018
Free admission

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

April 24, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Astronomy: Night Sky, Brookfield Park, Staten Island, New York

History and folklore of the solar system, naked-eye sky viewing
April 29, 2018, 8-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

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

May 1, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

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

May 8, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

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

May 15, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Astronomy Night

Visitor Center, NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia
Presentation at the Visitor Center followed by skywatching
May 18, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Free admission

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

May 22, 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
May 27, 2018, Noon-4 p.m.
Free admission

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

May 29, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Stargaze Saturday

Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York
June 2, 2018, 8-11 p.m.
Free admission

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

June 5, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

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

June 12, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

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

June 19, 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
June 24, 2018, Noon-4 p.m.
Free admission

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

June 26, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

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

July 3, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

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

July 10, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Green Bank Star Quest XV

Green Bank Observatory, West Virginia
July 11-14, 2018
Admission

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

July 17, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

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

July 24, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Stargaze Saturday

Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York
July 7, 2018, 8-11 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Sun Gaze Sunday

Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York
Watching the Sun through solar telescopes
July 29, 2018, Noon-4 p.m.
Free admission

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

July 31, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Stargaze Saturday

Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York
August 4, 2018, 8-11 p.m.
Free admission

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

August 7, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Nebraska Star Party

Snake Campground, Merritt Reservoir, near Valentine, Nebraska
August 5-10, 2018
Admission

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

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

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