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Go Stargazing at Hamsterley

March 28 @ 7:00 pm - March 30 @ 10:00 pm
Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre,
Hamsterley Forest DL13 3NL United Kingdom
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The dark skies above Hamsterley Forest make for a great place to stargaze, the Milky Way is clearly visible arching across the skies and thousands more stars can be seen compared to our towns and cities. You and your family are invited to join local amateur astronomers for an evening of stargazing and observing through large telescopes. To see the stars depends on the weather, therefore this event will be…

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Free

Astrophotography Workshop plus practical support

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Beacon Fell Visitor Centre,
Beacon Fell
Preston, PR3 2NL United Kingdom
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Visit the Forest of Bowland Dark Sky Discovery site and learn how to photograph the contrast of dark skies and the beautiful stars above. Learn how to create beautiful star trails and other compositions that will leave you and your friends breathless, all with just a DSLR camera, lens and tripod! You'll be introduced to the techniques of processing astro-photographs to enhance faint detail in your images. Using tracking mounts…

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Astrophotography workshop plus practical support

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Beacon Fell Visitor Centre,
Beacon Fell
Preston, PR3 2NL United Kingdom
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Learn how to create beautiful star trails and other compositions that will leave you and your friends breathless, all with just a DSLR camera, lens and tripod! You'll be introduced to the techniques of processing astro-photographs to enhance faint detail in your images. Using tracking mounts with camera lenses and small telescopes you will be taking pictures you never thought possible! After some time spent in the workshop there will…

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Kielder Observatory Open Night

April 1 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Kielder Observatory,
Kielder Village
Hexham, NE48 1ER United Kingdom
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Kielder Observatory is one of the best stargazing experiences to be had. It's location within the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and it's friendly and experienced Astronomers make it a must-visit attraction.  Even the journey through Kielder Forest and up the forest track is an amazing experience in itself! With various themed public events running 7 days a week there is plenty of opportunity to visit however bookings must be made well in advance…

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Battlesteads Observatory Open Night

April 3 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Battlesteads Observatory,
The Battlesteads Hotel
Wark, North Umberland NE48 3LS United Kingdom
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Visit Battlesteads Observatory for an evening of stargazing.  Note that event start times are 20:30pm during winter and change to 21:00pm through the summer months.

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Breckland Observatory Open Night

April 4 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until April 30, 2017
Breckland Astronomical Observatory,
Great Ellingham
Attleborough, NR17 United Kingdom
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Members of the public are welcome to join astronomers from Breckland Astronomical Society for this regular open evening of their observatory at Great Ellingham. These events are weather dependent and will only go ahead if the weather permits observing. Visits are by prior arrangement only so please contact the Society before visiting.

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Free

Keele Observatory Public Open Evening

April 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until December 17, 2017
Keele Observatory,
Keele University
Stoke-on-Trent, ST5 5BG United Kingdom
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The Keele Observatory at Keele University is open to the public every Tuesday evening. If the weather permits there will be observing through their large 31cm aperture refracting telescope. If not the observatory will still be open for a short guided tour and a chat! Note that from April through to September the skies do not darken until mid/late evening however solar observing is possible if our closest star is…

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Free

Weekly Observing at Leighton Observatory

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until March 7, 2018
Leighton Observatory,
Pex Hill Visitors Centre
Widnes, WA8 5QW United Kingdom
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Hosted by Liverpool Astronomical Society at their Leighton Observatory this weekly observing session is a great opportunity to have a look through their telescopes. All members of the public welcome.

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Free

Public Observing at Cygnus Observatory

April 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until January 1, 2018
Cygnus Observatory,
Washington Wetland Centre
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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Members of the public are invited to join enthusiastic members of Sunderland Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing and observing through their large aperture telescopes. If you need assistance with your own telescope you are welcome to bring it along. These events are held every Thursday through the observing season and are dependent primarily on the weather.

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Free

North Pennines Observatory Open Evening

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
North Pennines Observatory,
The Old School House
Allenheads, NE47 9HR United Kingdom
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Join experienced astronomer Graham Relf for a talk about the planet Jupiter and, if the skies are clear, view the planet and its moons through the observatory telescope.

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Jupiter watch at Beacon Fell

April 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Beacon Fell Visitor Centre,
Beacon Fell
Preston, PR3 2NL United Kingdom
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The giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view and photograph Jupiter and its moons. Let our telescopes show you some of the details in Jupiter's cloud bands and its Moons, bring your…

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Free

Huddersfield Observatory Open Night

April 14 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Huddersfield Observatory,
Blackmoorfoot Road
Heights, HD4 7AF United Kingdom
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Join members of Huddersfield Astronomical Society at their observatory for an evening of stargazing and observing through their large 16" aperture state-of-the-art telescope. Please check with the event organiser that this event is going ahead and is indeed open to the public (some of their events are tbc).

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Free

Durlston Stargazing

April 14 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Durlston Astronomy Centre,
Durlston Country Park
Swanage, Dorset BH19 2JL United Kingdom
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Join members of Wessex Astronomical Society for a public stargazing session at Durlston Country Park.

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Dark Skies Stargazing at Kielder Castle

April 14 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Kielder Castle,
Kielder Village
Kielder, Northumberland United Kingdom
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The dark skies above Kielder make this location amongst the very best stargazing spots in the country. You are invited to join the friendly, keen and experienced amateur astronomer Bruce Ferguson for this hands-on stargazing event at the scenic Kielder Castle in the heart of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. The event begins with an introduction indoors and then observing using binoculars and telescopes outside, weather permitting. These events…

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Free

Kelling Heath Star Party – Spring 2017

April 19 - April 26
Kelling Heath Holiday Park,
Weybourne
Holt, NR25 7HW United Kingdom
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Kelling Heath Star Party is the largest in the UK, hundreds of amateur astronomers meet under the dark skies of north Norfolk with a wide variety of telescopes and equipment. This is a public event however be aware of strict rules regarding the use of white light and 'noise pollution' in the mornings -- mornings are for lie-ins after a long night observing (or in the bar!). The autumn star…

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$15

SJAC Spring Star Party

April 20 @ 8:00 am - April 23 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for three nights of observing under dark South Jersey skies! Cost: $15.00 per person if preregtered on website; $20.00 per person at event

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AstroCamp Spring 2017

April 22 - April 25
Cwmdu Campsite,
Cwmdu
Crickhowell, Powys NP8 1RU United Kingdom
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Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced astronomer you are guaranteed a warm welcome at this friendly starcamp. Make new friends, get hints and tips and share stargazing stories under the dark skies of Brecon Beacons Dark Sky Reserve. You're welcome even if you do not have a telescope -- there will be no shortage of astronomers only too pleased to share their views of the heavens. Great…

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Free

International Dark Sky Week Celebration

April 22 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Pickett CCC Memorial State Park,
4605 Pickett Park Hwy
Jamestown, TN 38556 United States
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Come out and celebrate International Dark Sky Week with a star party at Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area. Astronomers will have telescopes set-up in the astronomy field for people to view different celestial objects. You will need to bring sturdy shoes and a red flashlight.

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Midsouth Star Gaze and Astronomy Conference

April 26 @ 12:00 pm - April 29 @ 12:00 pm
Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium,
One Fine Place
French Camp, MS 39745 United States
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Rainwater Observatory is gearing up for its annual Midsouth Stargaze and Astronomy Conference coming up April 26-29, 2017! This event attracts amateur and professional astronomers from around the country. It is held under one of the darkest skies in the southeastern United States and just off the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway near the village of French Camp, Mississippi. Join us this year for fun, fellowship, observing, door prizes and fascinating…

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Free

STEM in the Sky Astronomy Series: Jupiter & Constellations Event

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center,
Route 175 (Building J-20)
Wallops Island, VA 23337 United States
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The NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center and its partner the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation will host the next installment of the STEM in the Sky Astronomy Series on Friday, April 28 from 7 – 10 p.m. with an exploration of the planet Jupiter and constellation tours of the night sky. The event begins with an astronomy presentation at the NASA Visitor Center’s Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. followed by night…

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Free

Dark Sky Star Party at Lost Maples State Natural Area

April 29 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Lost Maples State Natural Area,
37221 F.M. 187
Vanderpool, TX 78885 United States
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Stargazing & Dark Sky Educational Event Come join us along with members of the San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers (SALSA), Curtis Vaughn Observatory Staff & Lost Maples SNA Staff for a Cosmic Event. Parking Available: Overflow Parking Area & Day Use Parking Areas Event is free of charge with valid park entrance.

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$25

Michiana Star Party 9

May 19 @ 3:00 pm - May 21 @ 12:00 pm
Dr. T.K. Lawless Park,
15122 Monkey Run Street
Vandalia, MI 49095 United States
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The Michiana Astronomical Society will be holding it's ninth annual star party May 19th through May 21st, 2017 Cost: $25, $15 MAS member, under 18 free Observing Camping Speakers Solar observing Hiking Biking Organized activities for kids of all ages

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York County Star Party

May 24 - May 28
York County Star Party,
370 Kralltown Rd
Wellsville, PA 17365 United States
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The York County Star Party is at the Shreveport Airport / Footlight Ranch, York County, Pennsylvania, within 90 minutes of Philly and D.C This telescope and star party will be held in one of the more remote areas in southern York County, situated at a private airport, with few obstructions to the horizon, and the Milky Way can be seen by unaided eye on clear nights. Facilities include hot showers,…

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Free

July Star Party

July 15 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Pickett CCC Memorial State Park,
4605 Pickett Park Hwy
Jamestown, TN 38556 United States
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Meet us at 9:30 PM central time at the astronomy field at Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area for a great night of stargazing. Paul Lewis from the University of Tennessee Space and Science Outreach Program and Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society will be joining us. Astronomers will be set-up in the astronomy field for everyone to view different celestial bodies. Please bring a red flashlight so you can better view the…

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$85

Almost Heaven Star Party 2017

July 21 @ 10:00 am - July 25 @ 10:00 am
Spruce Knob Mountain Center,
18 Woodlands Way
Circleville, WV 26804 United States
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At one of the few dark sky sites east of the Mississippi enjoy dark skies, good meals, Astronomy related presentations and fellowship with Astronomy related friends. You can go caving or canoeing or hike to the summit of Spruce Knob, the highest point on WV. We look forward to seeing you at the Almost Heaven Star Party on July 21, 2017. Cost: Registration and camping Cost Save $20! Discounted early…

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$1295

Maine Astronomy Retreat (MARS)

July 23 @ 2:00 pm - July 29 @ 11:00 am
Medomak Retreat Center,
178 Liberty Rd
Washington, ME 04574 United States
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A Vacation for You and Your Telescope. No need to bring a tent, or sleep in a sleeping bag, or eat so-so food. Comfortable, private cabin facilities with real beds, hot showers, electricity, and amazing, chef-prepared food. Limited to 40 observers.

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$30

Indiana Family Star Party

July 26 - July 30
Camp Cullom,
6815 W Co Rd N
Frankfort, IN 46041 United States
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The 15th annual Indiana Family Star Party draws amateur astronomers and their families and the public to enjoy the camaraderie of those interested in the stars and other celestial objects. Camping is available on the observing field near the Prairie Grass Observatory, on the grounds of Camp Cullom. On-site food is available Friday afternoon through Sunday breakfast, plus an optional group brunch on Friday and an ice cream social Friday…

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Solarsphere Astronomical & Music Festival 2017

August 11 @ 10:00 am - August 14 @ 10:00 am
Solarsphere Astronomy Festival @ Penmaenau Farm,
Builth Wells
Llanelwedd, LD2 3RD United Kingdom
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Solarsphere brings together astronomy and music for a festival that can be enjoyed by everyone. There'll be plenty to keep children entertained with special workshops, astronomy related activities and arts. In addition talks will be given by eminent astronomers and professional science communicators. Dark sky friendly camping will mean you get fantastic views of the night sky. Top it off with live music from well known and up and coming…

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Free

Perseid Meteor Shower Party

August 12 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Pickett CCC Memorial State Park,
4605 Pickett Park Hwy
Jamestown, TN 38556 United States
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Join us for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. Bring a blanket or chair to sit back and watch the shooting stars that occur once a year. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a red flashlight.

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Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Dark Sky Festival

August 17 - August 20
Fort Smith / Wood Buffalo National Park,
Box 1354
Fort Smith, NWT X0E 0P0 Canada
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The TWB Dark Sky Festival is a weekend of family oriented activities and the thrill of exploring the wonders of the universe around us. We do not just look at stars, we try to answer your questions about science and space through fun and interactive activities. Dark Sky Festival activities take place in Fort Smith, NT and the in world's largest Dark Sky Preserve, Wood Buffalo National Park. Join us…

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$450

2017 Total Eclipse at Touch of Nature

August 18 - August 22
Touch of Nature Environmental Center,
1206 Touch of Nature Road
Makanda, IL 62958 United States
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On August 21, 2017, Southern Illinois will become the eclipse crossroads of America. Carbondale is the closest city to the longest point of duration for the eclipse and there will be all sorts of activities across the region to commemorate this historic event. SIU's Touch of Nature is right in the path as well and we will be offering a weekend full of Adventure and Environmental Education to families and…

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Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia, SC

August 18 - August 21
1101 Lincoln Street
Columbia, SC 29201 United States
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Columbia, S.C., and its surrounding region are positioned in the best location — the best on the East Coast, in fact — to witness a spectacle that has not passed all the way across the continental United States in 99 years: a total eclipse of the sun. With 2 minutes and 36 seconds of darkness, Columbia, S.C. is the 3rd largest city in the U.S. on the centerline of totality…

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$299

Totality Awesome Eclipse Camp 2017

August 18 @ 12:00 pm - August 22 @ 12:00 pm
Totality Awesome Eclipse Camp 2017,
SW Belmont LN
Madras, OR United States
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Offering RV and Tent spots to view the Total Solar eclipse in Madras Oregon. Cost: $299 for a 5 day camping pass.

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$100

Telescope Making Workshop

August 20 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Telescope Making Workshop,
400 S. College St.
Franklin, KY 42134 United States
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Simpson County Tourism will be hosting a Telescope Making Workshop at the Exploratorium on the Franklin-Simpson High School campus. Materials and hands on instructions provided by Rico Tyler, Western Kentucky University Professor and Astronomer. Pre-registration is required by calling 270-586-3040. Using your new telescope, you can view the nighttime sky after the workshop.

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$10

Solar Eclipse Experience in Madras, Oregon

August 21 @ 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
Madras High School Football Field and Performing Arts Center,
412 SE Buff St
Madras, OR 97741 United States
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Our event is an opportunity for members of the public and students to safely experience the rare occurrence of being in the path of totality for a solar eclipse. Viewers in Madras, OR can expect to see over 2 minutes of totality. Attendees will enjoy: solar glasses with safe viewing instructions, expert viewing announcements, hourly astronomy talks by Lowell Observatory renowned astronomers, a Sunday evening Star Party, live broadcast by…

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$5

Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

August 21 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party,
6250 Nashville Rd.
Franklin, KY 42134 United States
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Simpson County Tourism Commission will sponsor a Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on Monday, August 21, 2017 at the Franklin Drive-In. Narration by Tom Mason, telescope operator at Mt. Wilson Observatory in Pasadena, CA. Telescopes will be set up for close-up viewing and cell phone photography. Gates open at 9:30am. Partial Eclipse starts at 11:58am; with the total eclipse at 1:26pm. Totality duration at the Drive-In is 2 minutes and…

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Eclipse Dinner Party

August 21 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eclipse Dinner Party,
205 W Cedar St.
Franklin, KY 42134 United States
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Brickyard Café will have an Eclipse Dinner Party and Happy Hour the night of the Total Solar Eclipse. Share your photos and enjoy a delicious dinner. Reservations may be requested.

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Equinox Stargazing at Gisburn Dark Sky Discovery Site

September 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Gisburn Forest Hub,
Gisburn Forest
Tosside, BB7 United Kingdom
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This weekend is the autumn Equinox, giving equal night and day so there should be great opportunity to travel through the constellations and along the Milky Way. Following an indoor presentation there will be powerful telescopes for you to gaze through, all operated by experienced amateur astronomers, who will attempt to answer your questions on life, the universe and everything!  Suitable for adults and accompanied children 12 years and over.…

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Free

Fall Astronomy Day

September 30 @ 9:30 pm
Pickett CCC Memorial State Park,
4605 Pickett Park Hwy
Jamestown, TN 38556 United States
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We will be celebrating astronomy with a star party! We will have astronomers’ set-up in the astronomy field at Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area with different celestial objects for everyone to see. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a red flashlight.

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Free

Pennyrile Stargaze

October 14 - October 22
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park,
20781 Pennyrile Lodge Rd
Dawson Springs, KY 42408 United States
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Our 3rd annual Pennyrile Stargaze will be held on October 14th to October 22nd 2017. Our event is held in the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park under the pristine skies of Western Kentucky. For more information please visit our Pennyrile Stargaze facebook page. Hope to see you there.

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$15

SJAC Fall Star Party

October 19 @ 3:00 pm - October 22 @ 12:00 pm

Join us for three nights of observing under dark South Jersey skies! Cost: $15.00 per person if preregistered on website; $20.00 per person at event

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2017 AAVSO Annual Meeting

November 2 @ 8:00 am - November 4 @ 5:00 pm
Vanderbilt University- Student Center,
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235 United States
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2017 AAVSO Annual Meeting Stellar Transits: from Eclipsing Binaries to Exoplanets November 2-4, 2017 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Registration opens online June 15, 2017 Call for Papers – Submit an Abstract online after 6/15/2017 www.aavso.org

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Dark Skies Stargazing at Harehope Quarry Project

November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Harehope Quarry Project,
Frosterley
Bishop Auckland, DL13 2SG United Kingdom
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Join keen amateur astronomer Bruce Ferguson for an evening of dark skies stargazing at the Harehope Quarry Project. The event begins with an introductory session indoors demonstrating easy to use computer software that allows you to find and view the wonders of the night sky. Then, weather permitting, you'll be outside under the starry skies observing through binoculars and a telescope. Fee applies and booking essential.

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