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July Star Party

July 15 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Pickett CCC Memorial State Park (Venue), 4605 Pickett Park Hwy
Jamestown, TN 38556 United States

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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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

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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2017 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

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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2017 Indiana Family Star Party

July 26 - July 30
Camp Cullom, 6815 W Co Rd N
Frankfort, IN 46041 United States

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

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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Perseid Meteor Shower Party 2017

August 12 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Pickett CCC Memorial State Park (Venue), 4605 Pickett Park Hwy
Jamestown, TN 38556 United States

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 (2017)

August 17 - August 20
Fort Smith / Wood Buffalo National Park, Box 1354
Fort Smith, NWT X0E 0P0 Canada

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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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

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

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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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

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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Telescope Making Workshop

August 20 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Telescope Making Workshop, 400 S. College St.
Franklin, KY 42134 United States

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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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

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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Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

August 21 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Location (KY), 6250 Nashville Rd.
Franklin, KY 42134 United States

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
Location for Eclipse Dinner Party, 205 W Cedar St.
Franklin, KY 42134 United States

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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$45 - $95

Aurora Borealis Weekend

September 22 - September 25
Gordon’s Park – RASC Dark Sky Preserve, 18777 Hwy 6, R.R.#1
Tehkumma, Manitoulin Island, Ontario P0P 2C0 Canada

The Aurora Borealis is one of those magical items on everyone’s bucket list. Here at Gordon’s Park we are fortunate to be far enough north and far enough from a major city to be able to view the Aurora Borealis from our Dark Sky Preserve throughout the year, with the best viewing times being in the spring and fall. We have been watching the northern lights for 20 years and…

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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

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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SJAC Fall Star Party

October 19 @ 3:00 pm - October 22 @ 12:00 pm
Belleplain State Forest, NJ United States

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

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

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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