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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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Lecture: NASA's Exploration of Ceres and Pluto: An Update

Paul Schenk, Lunar and Planetary Institute

Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas
September 3, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
281-486-2163
Free admission

Lecture: The Birth of Planets Around the Sun and Other Stars
Neal Turner, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California
September 10/11, 2015, 7 p.m.
Free admission
Webcast

Enchanted 'Rock Star' Party
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Fredericksburg, Texas
September 11, 2015, 6 p.m.
830-685-3636
Admission: $7 ages 13 and older; 12 and under free

Big Starry Nights Star Party
Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas
September 11, 2015, 8:30 p.m.
432-358-4444
Admission: $3 ages 13 and older

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Star Party
Carlsbad, New Mexico
September 12, 2015
575-785-3090

Web Lecture: Science and Exploration of Phobos and Deimos
First of 13 weekly web seminars on the moons of Mars
September 14, 2015, Noon PDT
Webcast

Lecture: What is Relativity?
Jeffrey Bennett, author
University of Texas at San Antonio

September 18, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Skywatching after the talk

Griffith Observatory Star Party
Los Angeles, California
September 19, 2015
213-473-0800
Free admission

Night Sky Program
Lake Whitney State Park
Whitney, Texas
September 19, 2015, 8 p.m.
254-694-3793

Full Moon Hike
Galveston Island State Park
Galveston, Texas
September 25, 2015, 8 p.m.
409-737-1222
Admission: $5 ages 13 and up; children free

Lecture: Unveiling an Alien World: Dawn at Ceres
Carol Raymond, Dawn Deputy Principal Investigator
Pasadena, California
October 8/9, 2015, 7 p.m.
Free admission
Webcast

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Star Party
Carlsbad, New Mexico
October 10, 2015
575-785-3090

Night Sky Program
Lake Whitney State Park
Whitney, Texas
October 10, 2015, 8 p.m.
254-694-3793

Lecture: Pluto, Up Close and Personal
Veronica Bray, University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
October 13, 2015, 7 p.m.
520-621-4861
Free admission

Enchanted Skies Star Party
Magdalena, New Mexico
October 14-17, 2015

Griffith ObservatoryGriffith ObservatoryGriffith Observatory Star Party
Los Angeles, California
October 17, 2015
213-473-0800
Free admission

Star Party
Cattail Cove State Park
Lake Havasu City, Arizona

October 17, 2015
928-855-1223
$15 per vehicle entry fee

Star Party
Catalina State Park
Tucson, Arizona

October 17, 2015
520-628-5798
$7 per vehicle entry fee

Full Moon Hike
Galveston Island State Park
Galveston, Texas
October 23, 2015, 8 p.m.
409-737-1222
Admission: $5 ages 13 and up; children free

Looking into MarsLooking into Mars

Lecture: InSight Mission to Mars
Bruce Banderdt, InSight Principal Investigator
Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas
November 5, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
281-486-2163
Free admission

Lecture: The Juno Mission to Jupiter
Steven Levin, Project Scientist
Pasadena, California
November 5/6, 2015, 7 p.m.
Free admission
Webcast

Night Under the Stars
Alamo Lake State Park
Wenden, Arizona
November 7, 2015
928-669-2088

Lost Dutchman Star Party
Lost Dutchman State Park
Apache Junction, Arizona

November 14, 2015
480-982-4485
$7 admission per vehicle

Griffith Observatory Star Party
Los Angeles, California
November 21, 2015
213-473-0800
Free admission

Lecture: Volcanism on Earth and Mars
Christopher Hamilton, University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
November 24, 2015, 7 p.m.
520-621-4861
Free admission

Lecture: The InSight Mission: Journey to the Center of Mars
Bruce Banderdt, InSight Principal Investigator
Pasadena, California
December 3/4, 2015, 7 p.m.
Free admission

Lost Dutchman Star Party
Lost Dutchman State Park
Apache Junction, Arizona

December 5, 2015
480-982-4485
$7 admission per vehicle

Griffith Observatory Star Party
Los Angeles, California
December 19, 2015
213-473-0800
Free admission

Lecture: OSIRIS-REx Mission to Asteroid Bennu
Scott Messenger, NASA Johnson Space Center

Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas
January 28, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
281-486-2163
Free admission

Lecture: Juno Mission to Jupiter Preview
Fran Bagenal, Univ. Colorado-Boulder

Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas
April 28, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
281-486-2163
Free admission

Texas Star Party
Fort Davis, Texas
May 1-8, 2016

 

Central/East


Sixth Annual Star Party
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
Cornish, New Hampshire
September 5, 2015, 8 p.m.
603-675-2175, ext. 106
Free admission

Web Lecture: Science and Exploration of Phobos and Deimos
First of 13 weekly web seminars on the moons of Mars
September 14, 2015, Noon PDT
Webcast

Lecture: Icy Volcanism in the Outer Solar System
Lynnae Quick, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Library of Congress
Washington, DC

September 16, 2015, 11:30 a.m.
Free admission

Saturday Star Party
Sky Meadows State Park
Paris, Virginia
September 19, 2015, 7-10 p.m.
$5 parking fee

Lecture: The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite
Stephen Rinehart, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Library of Congress
Washington, DC

October 8, 2015, 11:30 a.m.
Free admission

25th Anniversary Connecticut Star Party
Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation
Goshen, Connecticut
October 9-11, 2015

Staunton River Star Party
Scottsburg, Virginia
October 12-18, 2015

Oil Region Astronomical Society AstroBlast
Kossuth, Pennsylvania
October 13-18, 2015

Dawn view of bright spots in a crater on CeresDawn view of bright spots in a crater on Ceres

Lecture: Dawn: A Journey to the Beginning of the Solar System
Lucy McFadden, Dawn Mission Co-Investigator

Library of Congress
Washington, DC

November 19, 2015, 11:30 a.m.
Free admission

Lecture: New Horizons: Journey to Pluto and Beyond
Dennis Reuter, New Horizons Instrument Scientist

Library of Congress
Washington, DC

December 8, 2015, 11:30 a.m.
Free admission

Cherry Springs Star Party
Cherry Springs State Park
Coudersport, Pennsylvania
June 2-5, 2016

Orange Blossom Special Star Party
Withlacoochee River Park
Dade City, Florida

March 2-6, 2016

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