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2016 Acadia Night Sky Festival

September 22 - September 25
Acadia National Park,
1201 Bar Harbor Rd
Trenton, ME 04605 United States
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Thirty-nine events, lectures, demonstrations and workshops, including two Solar Viewing events, two Star Parties, one on Cadillac Mountain, highest peak on the eastern seaboard. The Keynote presentation by Br. Guy Consolmagno, Vatican Astronomer is free. Solar Saturday is being held at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor with solar viewing and six lectures. Event starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 11 p.m. each day. Cost: Most events are free.…

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Okie-Tex Star Party

September 24 - October 2
Okie-Tex Star Party,
Camp Billy Joe
Kenton, OK 73946 United States
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The Oklahoma City Astronomy Club is pleased to invite you to the 33rd Annual Okie-Tex Star Party! What started as a weekend retreat for members of the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club has grown into one of the TOP TEN star parties in the country. The star party will again be held at Camp Billy Joe near Kenton Oklahoma and Black Mesa and offers some of the darkest skies anywhere in…

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$50

Illinois Dark Skies Star Party

September 29 - October 1
Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area,
10149 County Hwy 11
Chandlerville, IL 62627 United States
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Now in our 15th year! Good site, plenty of room to spread out, good food, good programs, friendly folks, and of course The IDSSP Give-Away. For those of you who have not been to our star party before, there is no better place in Illinois to spend a weekend with your telescope than at IDSSP!

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Great Basin National Park Astronomy Festival

September 29 - October 1
Great Basin Astronomy Festival,
100 Great Basin National Park
Baker, NV 89311 United States
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Great Basin National Park has focused our interpretive and education programs to feature the pristine dark sky above the park. In our public astronomy program, which exceeds 100 per year, we get thousands of national park visitors a glimpse of our larger universe, many for the first time. The capstone to our astronomy program is our Astronomy Festival, a three-day event, Thursday through Saturday, around a new moon in the…

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$40

Great Lakes Star Gaze

September 29 - October 2
River Valley RV Park,
2165 South Bailey Lake Ave.
Gladwin, MI 48624 United States
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Location and dark sky are the main attractions of this star party. Gladwin’s central location provides excellent observing without traveling hours into Northern Michigan. Limiting magnitudes are estimated to be around 6.5 at zenith with some minor light domes from the cities of Mt. Pleasant and Midland, some 30 mi. away. This is a star party for the astronomer who loves to observe and mingle with other astronomers. Some practical…

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Cosmic Rays Lecture at Montauk Observatory

September 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tennis Center at the Ross School,
20 Goodfriend Drive
East Hampton, NY 11937 United States
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LECTURE: Cosmic Rays: Heavens, It's Raining Particles! SPEAKER: Dr. Helio Takai, Physicist, Brookhaven National Laboratory The Universe is a very lively place. Stars are born and later collapse under their own weight, becoming supernovas and ejecting particles into space with tremendous energy. The particles, commonly known as cosmic rays, were discovered in 1921 by Victor Hess. Ever since their discovery, cosmic rays have been of great scientific interest. While we…

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RATT 2016 – Starparty Ravensburg

September 30 - October 2
Alexander Reinders,
Teufelsberg 2
Horgenzell, Baden-Württemberg 88263 Germany
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Three days of observing the sky with telescopes with amateur astronomers, interesting lectures and lots of fun for everyone who is interested!

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$40

Hidden Hollow Star Party

September 30 - October 2
Hidden Hollow Camp,
5127 Possum Run Rd
Bellville, OH 44813 United States
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Star Party located at Warren Rupp Observatory near Mansfield OH. Rural, dark and scenic location with guest speakers, vendors, cabins and camping available. Also hot showers and food on site. Decently dark sky with a 36 inch observatory telescope for viewing. Ample space and electrical power.

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Connecticut Star Party

September 30 @ 4:00 pm - October 2 @ 11:00 am
Connecticut Star Party,
278 West Side road
Goshen, CT United States
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CSP has a new location as of last year in Goshen, CT. This is one of the darkest sky areas in Connecticut. The main observing field is HUGE, level and has great horizons. We have camping around the field and an area for campers. Bunk houses are also available. The camp has a bath building with flush toilets and warm showers. There is a food plan for the weekend available.…

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$42

Capture the Night Sky Astrophotography Weekend

September 30 @ 5:00 pm - October 2 @ 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 weekend photographing 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 (darkest in Ontario), no light pollution, 360 degree observing, horizon to horizon, perfect to capture those amazing images. Registration Fee is $42.00 & tax per person, per day, $85.00 & tax per family per day (2 adults,…

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Pennyrile Stargaze

October 1 - October 9
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park,
20781 Pennyrile Lodge Rd
Dawson Springs, KY 42408 United States
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The Pennyrile Stargaze is a continuation of another very popular star party that was held on the same viewing field until 2014. 2015 was our first year using our new name, but most of the people and the same pristine Western Kentucky skies remain the same. Please visit our Facebook, Pennyrile Stargaze for the latest information. Hope to see you there.

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2016 NYC Autumn Urban Starfest

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Central Park, New York,
West 65th Street
New York City, NY United States
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See the universe from Central Park! Join the Amateur Astronomers Association (AAA) of New York ( http://www.aaa.org/ and Facebook) for their 21th Annual Autumn Urban Starfest on Saturday, October 1, 2016, starting at 7:00 pm at the Sheep Meadow. AAA members will share views through their telescopes of Saturn, Mars, star clusters, double stars, and other objects in the night sky. See the Summer Triangle stars of Vega, Altair and…

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$42

Northern Lights Party

October 7 @ 5:00 pm - October 10 @ 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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October is a beautiful time of the year to watch for the Northern Lights & enjoy the fall colours. 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, horizon to horizon, a 21.45 SQM and an 8”…

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2016 International Observe the Moon Night

October 8 @ 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 a viewing event for International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) on Saturday, October 8, from 7 – 10 p.m. The event begins with a Moon Mania presentation at the NASA Visitor Center’s Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. followed by moon and night sky observations through telescopes and the naked eye on the grounds of…

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Fall Astronomy

October 8 @ 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 to celebrate Fall astronomy Day at 8:30 PM central time. Meet us at the Pickett-Pogue astronomy field located at Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area. 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…

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Free Public Talk on the Science of Star Wars

October 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Dr. Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on: “The Science of Star Wars: The Lowdown on Space Travel, Aliens, and the Force” in the Smithwick Theater at Foothill College, in Los Altos. The talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, now in its 17th year. Many people assume that our descendants will join a galaxy-wide, multi-world society similar to that…

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Journey to Mars: Lecture at Montauk Observatory

October 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Ross School,
20 Goodfriend Drive
East Hampton, NY 11937 United States
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TITLE: My Journey to Mars: The Evolution of a Dream SPEAKER: Tony Pirera, President, Spectrum Thin Films The dream of a 10 year old boy enthralled by the sights through his first telescope led to a wildly successful reality. You could say a part of that Long Island native ended up on Mars. By the age of 12, Tony Pirera was building his own telescopes, in fact, in high school,…

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$125

Bays Mountain StarFest

October 21 @ 5:00 pm - October 23 @ 11:00 am
Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium,
853 Bays Mountain Park Road
Kingsport, TN 37660 United States
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The 33rd StarFest at Bays Mountain Park is soon upon us. Expect beautiful fall colors, cooler weather, and lots of astronomy fun for this astronomical convention/star party. The event is hosted by the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club (BMAC) and the staff of Bays Mountain Park. It is being held on October 21-23, 2016. It is run as a non-profit event, so registration is as low as possible. The theme of…

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$50

2016 Chiefland Star Party

October 23 - October 30
Chiefland Astronomy Village – Billy Dodd Memorial Field,
5450 NW 52nd Ct
Chiefland, FL 32626 United States
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Each year the Chiefland Observers presents the Chiefland Star Party located on the Billy Dodd Memorial Field. A week long event for visual observers, imagers and anyone interested in astronomy. Complete with astronomical vendors, speakers, door prizes and on site food. Tents, RVs, Campers, Motor Homes, Pop-Ups and the like are all welcome! Cost: $50 – Members / $70 Non-Members (RV hook ups extra)

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Enchanted Skies Star Party

October 26 - October 29
Magdalena National Forest Dark Sky Site,
Magdalena, NM 87825 United States
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The 23rd annual Enchanted Skies Star Party offers a unique Southwestern astronomy experience with many exciting features. Private tours of the NRAO/Very Large Array and Magdalena Ridge Observatory will be offered along with astronomy lectures, activities and awesome dark sky observing! Cost: $50 per adult for ALL FOUR DAYS, $15 per adult for SATURDAY ONLY, Children 17 & under FREE with paying adult

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