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Free Public Talk on the Monster Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Dr. Andrea Ghez of UCLA will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on: “The Monster Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way” 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. By measuring the rapid orbits of the stars near the center of our galaxy, Dr. Ghez and her colleagues have…

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Death Valley/Las Vegas Astronomical Society Star Party

January 27 @ 6:00 pm - January 28 @ 11:00 pm
Furnace Creek Resort,
Death Valley National Park
Death Valley, CA 92328 United States
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Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley invite the Las Vegas Astronomical Society to conduct their bi-annual Death Valley Star Party. The weekend will include stargazing, solar viewing, and night sky tours. Enjoy crystal clear desert skies at night. During the day, enjoy horseback riding, golfing, hiking, touring, tennis, spa treatments, spring-fed pools, and gourmet meals at the beautiful Furnace Creek Resort. Visit our website at furnacecreekresort.com for reservations.

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Dark Sky Star Party at Lost Maples State Natural Area

January 28 @ 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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Holiday Star Fest

February 19 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Lowell Observatory,
1400 W Mars Hill Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 United States
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Lowell Observatory will be open Sunday until 10 p.m. in celebration of the holiday weekend. Cost: Admission fees apply

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$125

2017 Winter Star Party

February 20 - February 26
Camp Wesumkee,
34200 Overseas Hwy
Big Pine Key, FL 33043 United States
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The Winter Star Party (WSP) is a serious event designed for amateur astronomers. WSP is held annually, usually during the new moon in February. The event is unique in that it occurs mid-winter during the height of the Florida Keys tourist season. The warm weather, coupled with dark skies, and possibly the steadies skies in North America attracts attendees from all over the frozen United States, Canada, and Europe giving…

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School is Out and Kids are Free

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lowell Observatory,
1400 W Mars Hill Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 United States
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Special family-friendly, astronomy-themed programs and activities from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Programs and activities will feature the planets in our solar system. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Kids 17 and under are free, Admission fees apply to adults 18 and over.

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Dark Sky Star Party at Lost Maples State Natural Area

February 25 @ 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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$55

Don Surles Mirror Making Workshop #17

March 16 @ 10:00 am - March 19 @ 4:00 pm
Redden State Forest Lodge,
18074 Redden Forest Drive
Georgetown, DE 19947 United States
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Delmarva Star Gazers will host the workshop Thursday March 16 through Sunday March 19, 2017, at the Redden State Forest Lodge, Georgetown, DE, USA. The purpose of the Workshop is to introduce proven successful mirror making techniques and practices to those wishing to make their own mirrors. Special emphasis will be placed on successfully figuring the mirror. All mirror-making materials will be furnished and expert mirror makers will be available…

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Equinox Stargazing at Bellingham Campsite

March 17 @ 4:00 pm - March 19 @ 12:00 pm
Bellingham Camp & Caravan Club Site,
Bellingham
Hexham, NE48 2HR United Kingdom
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Join us for a weekend of stargazing. This campsite is within the newest and largest Gold Tier dark sky park in Europe and has ‘Dark Sky Stay & Gaze’ and ‘Dark Sky Friendly’ awards from Northumberland Tourism for their efforts to reduce light pollution to a minimum and create the best conditions for observing the night sky. The March equinox occurs on March the 20th so the weekend will mark…

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$10

Hodges Gardens Star Party

March 22 - March 26

The 9th Annual Hodges Gardens Star Party will be held on March 22 – 26, 2017. Hosted by the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society, this event takes place within Hodges Gardens State Park in west – central Louisiana. In addition to dark sky viewing, the park also offers visitors the opportunity to fish and canoe in the lake, hike in the piney woods, or visit the famed botanical gardens. Cost: Pre-Registration:…

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Night Sky Safari at Kielder Observatory

March 23 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Kielder Observatory,
Kielder Village
Hexham, NE48 1ER United Kingdom
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Join the experienced Astronomers at Kielder Observatory for this one of their regular open evenings, this event coincides with no moon being in the sky and thus the skies will be at their darkest and very best.

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Dark Sky Star Party at Lost Maples State Natural Area

March 25 @ 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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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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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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$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 at Lowell Observatory

August 21 @ 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lowell Observatory,
1400 W Mars Hill Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 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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