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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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Free

STARFEST 2016

July 30 @ 6:00 pm - 11:55 pm
Anna Maria College,
50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, MA 01612 United States
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Aldrich Astronomical Society’s Annual Open House Event: STARFEST 2016 July 30th 6PM Anna Maria College – Paxton MA • NASA Astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper (STS-115 & STS-126) will deliver the keynote address, and will be available for pictures & autographs • Airburst, Stomp Rockets, and balloon rockets for the kids to launch outside • View the Sun LIVE through Aldrich’s safe Solar telescopes (H-alpha and white light filters) • Touch real…

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Free

Dark Sky & Star Party

July 30 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Lost Maples State Natural Area,
37221 F.M. 187
Vanderpool, TX 78885 United States
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Lost Maples State Natural Area 8:30 PM, Saturday, July 30th, 2016 Come join us along with members of the San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers (SALSA), Curtis Vaughn Observatory Staff & Lost Maples SNA Staff as we host a Stargazing & Dark Sky Educational Event starting at 8:30 PM. Parking available in Overflow Parking Area. Event is free of charge with valid park entrance or Texas State Park card. Lost…

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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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Free

Dark Sky & Star Party

August 6 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Lost Maples State Natural Area,
37221 F.M. 187
Vanderpool, TX 78885 United States
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Lost Maples State Natural Area 8:30 PM, Saturday, August 6th, 2016 Come join us along with members of the San Antonio Astronomical Society (SAAA) and Lost Maples SNA Staff as we host a Stargazing and Dark a Sky Education Event starting at 8:30 PM. Parking available in the Overflow Parking Area. Event is free of charge with valid Park entrance or Texas State Park Pass.

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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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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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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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Almost Heaven Star Party

September 2 - September 6
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 including Rod Mollise and fellowship with Astronomy related friends. You can also visit the Green Bank Radio Telescope, 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 September 2,…

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$50

UBarU Star Party – 2016

September 2 - September 5
UBarU Star Party 2016,
277 UBarU Drive
Mountain Home, TX 78058 United States
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A comprehensive star party event over Labor Day weekend at UBarU Camp & Retreat Center – a 142-acre IDA-certified Dark-Sky Park in the Texas Hill Country. The event will feature star parties each night, afternoon lecture/presentations by professional astronomers, door-prize drawings and various recreational activities available at the park. Also, on-site lodging and meals (including a Texas-style barbecue) are available to participants. Cost: $50 (event) up to $250 depending on…

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$42

Aurora Borealis Weekend

September 2 @ 5:00 pm - September 5 @ 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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Longer nights make September a beautiful time of the year to watch for the Northern Lights. 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 exceptionally dark skies, no light pollution, 360 degree observing, 21.45 SQM and an 8” Dobsonian Telescope. The weekend includes a wine…

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ScopeOut

September 10 @ 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cincinatti Observatory Center,
3489 Observatory Place
Cincinatti, OH 45208 United States
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Our all day (and all night) celebration of Astronomy, Science and Education. Presentations, science demonstrations and hands-on activities, safe sun viewing, STEM. (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), Environmental Education and History exhibitors. And more than a few surprises too. 2016 Keynote Speaker is Dava Sobel. Dava Sobel is an American writer of popular expositions of scientific topics. Her books include Longitude, about English clockmaker John Harrison, and Galileo's Daughter. Cost:…

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