People, Places, and Events

Astronomy’s stars aren’t all blazing balls of gas in space—some of them are people. It’s people who make astronomy more than cold science. Many individuals, from John Dobson to Jean Texereau, have left their mark on the amateur astronomy community, and many more currently contribute.

Here you’ll find the latest on the people who shape astronomy and where, when, and how to meet up with your fellow astronomers. We’ll keep you up to speed on major star parties and expo events, such as the Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF), which several of our editors attend every year. You’ll also find here our tributes to the late and great of astronomy, the people who have inspired us and transformed the astronomy world in indelible ways.

Star Party Season

Summer means star parties, and star parties mean fun. Read about my adventures at the annual Cherry Springs and Table Mountain gatherings.

2013 Astronomy Day celebration in Boston

Spring Astronomy Day 2017!

Amateur astronomy clubs, planetariums, science museums, and parks celebrate Astronomy Day twice a year, when the public is invited to come learn about the sky and view through telescopes.