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Rocky Mountain Star Stare — 30th Annual!

June 29 - July 3
Starry Meadows,
Off Garden
Gardner, CO 81040 United States
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The Colorado Springs Astronomical Society is pleased to announce the 2016 Rocky Mountain Star Stare (RMSS), being held from Wednesday June 29th through Sunday July 3, 2016. For three decades, 300+ astronomers from across the U.S. and around the world have been gathering each summer in the mountains southwest of Colorado Springs. What draws them here each year? Dark skies. Not just dark skies, but dark skies with amazing transparency.…

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$42

Stargazing Manitoulin

July 1 @ 5:00 pm - July 4 @ 11:00 pm
Gordon’s Park – RASC Dark Sky Preserve,
18777 Hwy 6, R.R.#1
Tehkumma, Manitoulin Island, Ontario P0P 2C0 Canada
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Join us for an incredible astronomy experience, camping & observing the beautiful night skies of Manitoulin, on site in the RASC designated Dark Sky Preserve at Gordon’s Park. The Dark Sky Preserve offers exceptional dark skies, the darkest in the Province of Ontario, no light pollution, 360 degree observing, 7.5 + magnitude, 21.45 SQM and an 8” Dobsonian Telescope. The weekend includes a Wine and Cheese Welcome, Astronomy sessions, a…

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$100

Green Bank Star Quest

July 6 - July 9
Green Bank Star Quest,
P.O. Box 1862
Clarksburg, WV 26302 United States
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Green bank Star Quest XIII at Green Bank, WV. Our 13th annual OPTICAL and RADIO star party. Featured Key Note Presentation by Dr. Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer and director of Center for SETI research. Other Presentations and clinics, on optical & radio astronomy, and astrophotography all held indoors . Solar and nighttime observing at your campsite. Campground has graveled roads, sanitary stations and a hot shower facility close by. Featuring:…

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Archaeoastronomy Family Activities at Medicine Lodge Creek

July 9 - July 10
Medicine Lodge Creek State Park,
Hyattville, WY United States
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Learn about rock art’s connection to the cosmos with Dr. Ivy Merriot, archaeoastronomy researcher and Native Science historian. Activities for the whole family include rock art shadow play, rock art and natural fiber sundial making, star stories by the campfire, and evening telescope viewing of planets, Moon, Sun and stars. Medicine Lodge Facebook Page Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails website

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Free

Pickett State Park’s July Star Party

July 9 @ 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 star gazing. Paul Lewis from the University of Tennessee Space and Science Outreach Program and Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society will be joining us. Please bring a red flashlight so you can better view the stars. A helpful clear sky forcast can be found here. For more information please…

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Free

Astronomy & Night Sky Summer Series

July 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge,
8231 Beach Rd
Chincoteague, VA 23336 United States
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NASA Visitor Center takes Astronomy to the Beach The NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center will host an Astronomy and Night Sky Summer Series at the Assateague Island National Seashore, VA during the months of July and August. The series will feature an Astronomy 101 presentation at the Herbert H. Bateman Education Center Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. followed by night sky observations through telescopes and binoculars at the north end…

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Free

Astronomy & Night Sky Summer Series

July 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge,
8231 Beach Rd
Chincoteague, VA 23336 United States
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NASA Visitor Center takes Astronomy to the Beach The NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center will host an Astronomy and Night Sky Summer Series at the Assateague Island National Seashore, VA during the months of July and August. The series will feature an Astronomy 101 presentation at the Herbert H. Bateman Education Center Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. followed by night sky observations through telescopes and binoculars at the north end…

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$1040

Maine Astronomy Retreat (MARS)

July 24 - July 30
Medomak Retreat Center,
178 Liberty Rd
Washington, ME 04574 United States
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6 night, all-inclusive vacation for you and your telescope, under the dark skies of mid-coast Maine. Treat yourself to dark skies, comfortable beds, hot showers, and great food. All-inclusive price is $1040-1240, depending on single vs. double occupancy. Medomak Retreat Center of mid-coast Maine is hosting its annual week-long astronomy retreat July 31-August 6, 2016. The property enjoys some of the darkest skies in the northeast, with a limiting visual…

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York County Star Party

July 27 @ 8:00 am - July 31 @ 5:00 pm
Star Party,
370 Kralltown Rd
Wellsville, PA 17365 United States
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TO ALL: After the 2015 party, the York County Astronomical Society voted to discontinue support for the 26-year-old Mason Dixon Star Party in the future. The York County Star Party has been created to host all the attendees that still wish to continue gathering at the same location, Shreveport Airport North. Please consider supporting the new star party being held July 27-31, 2016. Thank you! Cost: TBD

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Free

CAA Annual OTAA Convention

July 30 @ 3:00 pm - July 31 @ 2:00 am
Letha House Park – West,
5800-5994 Richman Road
Spencer, OH 44275 United States
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The annual convention and star party of the Ohio Turnpike Astronomer's Association (OTAA) as hosted by the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association. The event takes place at the Letha House Park in rural Medina County, Ohio, under fairly dark skies. A speaker, potluck dinner, door prize drawing, and star party are typical features of the event. For more information, updated as the date approaches, see CAA's website!

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$65

Starfest

August 4 - August 7
River Place Park,
RR 3
Ayton, Ontario Canada
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Annually held conference for observing, astrophotography, and astronomy-related talks in the tent. The theme this year is BIG …. (you fill in the ….).

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$75

Northwoods Starfest 2016

August 5 @ 3:00 pm - August 7 @ 12:00 pm
Beaver Creek Reserve,
S1 County Road K
Fall Creek, WI 54742 United States
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Stargazing, good food, good friends, great speakers (Rod Molise – aka Uncle Rod, and Bob King – aka Astro Bob). Join us at the 29th annual Northwoods Starfest. Details, registration and t-shirt order form available on the Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society website. Cost: $75 advanced, $85 late

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$42

Manitoulin Star Party

August 5 @ 5:00 pm - August 8 @ 11:00 pm
Gordon’s Park – RASC Dark Sky Preserve,
18777 Hwy 6, R.R.#1
Tehkumma, Manitoulin Island, Ontario P0P 2C0 Canada
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Join us for an incredible astronomy experience, camping & observing the beautiful night skies of Manitoulin, on site in the RASC designated Dark Sky Preserve at Gordon’s Park. The Dark Sky Preserve offers exceptional dark skies, the darkest in the Province of Ontario, no light pollution, 360 degree observing, 7.5 + magnitude, 21.45 SQM and an 8” Dobsonian Telescope. The weekend includes a Wine and Cheese Welcome, Astronomy sessions, a…

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$42

Perseids Party

August 12 @ 5:00 pm - August 15 @ 11:00 pm
Gordon’s Park – RASC Dark Sky Preserve,
18777 Hwy 6, R.R.#1
Tehkumma, Manitoulin Island, Ontario P0P 2C0 Canada
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Join us for the most amazing meteor showers of the year, camping & observing the Perseids & the beautiful night skies of Manitoulin on site in the RASC designated dark sky preserve at Gordon’s Park. The DSP offers exceptional dark skies, (darkest in Ontario), no light pollution & 360 degree observing. Participants can expect to see over 60 beautifully coloured meteors per hour leading up to the peak Friday Aug…

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Free

Astronomy & Night Sky Summer Series

August 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge,
8231 Beach Rd
Chincoteague, VA 23336 United States
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NASA Visitor Center takes Astronomy to the Beach The NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center will host an Astronomy and Night Sky Summer Series at the Assateague Island National Seashore, VA during the months of July and August. The series will feature an Astronomy 101 presentation at the Herbert H. Bateman Education Center Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. followed by night sky observations through telescopes and binoculars at the north end…

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Free

Perseid Meteor Shower Party

August 12 @ 10:00 pm
Pickett CCC Memorial State Park,
4605 Pickett Park Hwy
Jamestown, TN 38556 United States
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Bring a blanket at 10 PM central time to the Pickett-Pogue astronomy field at Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area to view the Perseid Meteor Shower. Paul Lewis from UT Space and Science outreach program and Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society will be joining us. Please bring a red flashlight so you can better view the stars. A helpful clear sky forcast can be found here. For more information, please call the…

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Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Dark Sky Festival

August 18 - August 21
Fort Smith / Wood Buffalo National Park,
Box 1354
Fort Smith, NWT X0E 0P0 Canada
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Weekend of activities and the thrill of discovery in exploring science and the universe around us. At the DSF we do not just look at stars, we try to answer your questions about science and space through fun and interactive activities. Festival takes place in Fort Smith, NWT and the in world's largest Dark Sky Preserve, Wood Buffalo National Park. Come explore the universe and enjoy our renowned northern hospitality!…

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Archaeoastronomy Family Activities at Medicine Lodge Creek

August 20 - August 21
Medicine Lodge Creek State Park,
Hyattville, WY United States
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Learn about rock art’s connection to the cosmos with Dr. Ivy Merriot, archaeoastronomy researcher and Native Science historian. Activities for the whole family include rock art shadow play, rock art and natural fiber sundial making, star stories by the campfire, and evening telescope viewing of planets, Moon, Sun and stars. Medicine Lodge Facebook Page Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails website

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$40

Iowa Star Party

September 1 - September 5
Iowa Star Party,
1436 Highway 141
Coon Rapids, IA 50058 United States
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The 2016 Iowa Star Party will be held at WhiteRock Conservancy near Coon Rapids Iowa on September 1st – 5th. Setup begins Thursday afternoon. There will be a free public night on Friday, September 2nd. Registration information is available at www.amesastronomers.com/iowastarparty. Cost: $40/person or $50/family

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Free

Arunah Hill Days

September 1 @ 7:00 pm - September 4 @ 12:00 pm
Arunah Hill,
218 Trouble St.
Cummington, MA 01026 United States
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A family-oriented weekend of astronomy, star gazing, nature walks, and science education. -All events are free and open to the public. Novice Stargazers Welcome. -A limited number of primitive camp sites are available for a modest fee, on a first come, first serve" basis. -Absolutely no pets or alcohol allowed on the premises. -Attendees are asked to restrict use of white light flashlights when telescopes are in use. (Red Filters…

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