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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
$450

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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Keele Observatory Public Open Evening

August 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Tuesday, repeating until December 17, 2017

Keele Observatory (Venue), Keele University
Stoke-on-Trent, ST5 5BG United Kingdom
Free

The Keele Observatory at Keele University is open to the public every Tuesday evening. If the weather permits there will be observing through their large 31cm aperture refracting telescope. If not the observatory will still be open for a short guided tour and a chat! Note that from April through to September the skies do not darken until mid/late evening however solar observing is possible if our closest star is…

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Weekly Observing at Leighton Observatory

August 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 7, 2018

Leighton Observatory, Pex Hill Visitors Centre
Widnes, WA8 5QW United Kingdom
Free

Hosted by Liverpool Astronomical Society at their Leighton Observatory this weekly observing session is a great opportunity to have a look through their telescopes. All members of the public welcome.

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Battlesteads Observatory Open Night

August 23 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, repeating until December 15, 2017

Battlesteads Observatory, The Battlesteads Hotel
Wark, North Umberland NE48 3LS United Kingdom

Visit Battlesteads Observatory for an evening of stargazing.  Note that event start times are 20:30pm during winter and change to 21:00pm through the summer months.

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Public Observing at Cygnus Observatory

August 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Thursday, repeating until January 1, 2018

Cygnus Observatory, Washington Wetland Centre
Sunderland, United Kingdom
Free

Members of the public are invited to join enthusiastic members of Sunderland Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing and observing through their large aperture telescopes. If you need assistance with your own telescope you are welcome to bring it along. These events are held every Thursday through the observing season and are dependent primarily on the weather.

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Peculiar Planet

August 26 @ 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Saturday, repeating until August 26, 2017

NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center, Route 175 (Building J-20)
Wallops Island, VA 23337 United States
Free

Have you ever wondered about other planets when looking up at the night sky? Join us for a short program to learn about one of the other planets in our solar system. Approximately 15 minutes. All Ages.

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2017 Annual Autumn Urban Starfest

September 9 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Central Park, New York, West 65th Street
New York City, NY United States
Free

See the universe from Central Park! Join the Amateur Astronomers Association (AAA) of New York (http://www.aaa.org/ + Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) for their 22th Annual Autumn Urban Starfest on Saturday, September 9, 2017, 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 Deneb with…

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RATT 2017 Starparty of Ravensburg

September 15 - September 17
Teufelsberg 1, Winterbach 510
Horgenzell / Ravensburg, Baden-Württemberg 88263 Germany
Free

Telescopes, lectures from different observatories, fun for the whole family!

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Dark Sky Stargazing at Grizedale

September 16 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Grizedale Forest, Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre
Grizedale, LA22 0QJ United Kingdom

Come and experience an unforgettable night under the stars in Lake District! The Starmakers Stargazing Group will be your guide taking you on an incredible journey through the constellations and along the Milky Way, while also showing you how to find all sorts of heavenly objects for yourself. We will try and show some of the skies wonders through our powerful telescopes and binoculars. These are all operated by local…

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Night Sky “Under the Stars” Boat Cruise

September 20 @ 6:45 pm - 9:15 pm
Bar Harbor Whale Watch, 1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
Call for pricing

Join guide Zack Klyver and Cruise Frenchman Bay onboard the 130’ foot jet-powered catamaran Atlanticat with a large top observation deck, three levels and a full bar and galley. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com. Please call Bar Harbor Whale Watch to make reservations and pricing at 207-288-2386. Note: This trip is weather dependent – please call after…

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Bioluminescent & Star Gazing Paddle

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Castine Kayak, 17 Sea Street
Castine, ME 04421 United States

Experience an unforgettable evening paddle in Castine Harbor under a blanket of stars and in the midst of bioluminescent organisms of the water that swirl and light up with every stroke of your paddle.We'll explore the constellations of the stars of the night sky immersed in the bioluminescent stars of the water! An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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Night Sky Photography with Maine Media Workshops

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
Free

Schoodic Institute in partnership with Maine Media Workshops and College, Rockport, ME, invites the public to a free lecture by two experienced night sky photographers. Join Maine Media Workshops and College instructors, Nate Levesque and Jim Nickelson, as they share their professional work and expertise in night sky photography. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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“Cruising the Milky Way” with Astro VIP Richard Luecke

September 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Northeast Harbor Library, 1 Joy Rd.
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662 United States

Take an image-enhanced journey along Milky Way’s pale river of starlight from Perseus to Sagittarius. Learn about the size of our galaxy, how it was formed, and how you can locate its spectacular star cluster, glowing nebulae, and more with binoculars or a modest telescope. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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“The Glass Universe” with Keynote Speaker Dava Sobel

September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Criterion Theatre, 35 Cottage St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States

Join this award-winning science writer and bestselling author as she talks about the pioneering women recruited for cut-rate wages to work in the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s to calculate, measure, classify and make sense of the information gathered via early astrophotography. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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Bioluminescent & Star Gazing Paddle

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Castine Kayak, 17 Sea Street
Castine, ME 04421 United States
$55

Experience an unforgettable evening paddle in Castine Harbor under a blanket of stars and in the midst of bioluminescent organisms of the water that swirl and light up with every stroke of your paddle. Call 207-866-3506 for reservations. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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Reception with Keynote Speaker Dava Sobel

September 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Criterion Theatre, 35 Cottage St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States

Dava Sobel, an award-winning former New York Times science reporter and best-selling author, will be giving the Acadia Night Sky Festival keynote speech on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the Criterion Theatre. The Criterion Theatre will offer a cash bar and consessions. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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Stars Over Sand Beach

September 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Sand Beach
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
Free

Gaze at Acadia’s amazing night sky as an Acadia National Park ranger takes you on a tour of the stars, complete with stories and science. Free. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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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
$45 - $95

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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Dr. Samer Hattar “Biology of Light”

September 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States

Dr. Samer Hattar is a Senior Investigator and Chief of the Section on Light and Circadian Rhythms (SLCR). He received his PhD from the University of Houston in Texas under the mentorship of Arnold Eskin. He will be giving a presentation about the "Biology of Light." An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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Celebration of the Sun

September 22 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Bar Harbor Village Green, Village Green
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
Free

Join amateur astronomers and Acadia National Park rangers for safe solar viewing through a variety of specially equipped telescores and see a demonstration of solar radio astronomy equipment. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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Meet the Telescopes with the Astro VIPs

September 22 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Bar Harbor Village Green, Village Green
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
Free

Learn about different types of telescopes and the advantages of each design. Acadia Astronomy Volunteers will be available to introduce you to the scopes. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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“Autumn Night Sky Highlights: A Baker’s Dozen Spectacular Objects” with Astro VIP Dick Luecke

September 22 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
YWCA, 36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States

As a preview to the Festival’s telescoping events, take an image-enhanced visit to 13 amazing objects: double stars and star clusters, glowing nebulae, ghostly remnants of dead suns, distant galaxies, and ringed Saturn. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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“Why is the Sky Dark at Night?” with Astro VIP Jon Thomas

September 22 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
YWCA, 36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States

This talk explores the development of ancient and modern concepts of the cosmos and the relatively recent observational revelations about our universe. As it turns out the fact that the night sky is dark reveals something extraordinary about the origin of the universe. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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Bentham Stargazing

September 22 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Bentham Golf Club, Robin Lane
Bentham, LA2 7AG United Kingdom

Star Gazing returns to Bentham Golf Club on Friday the 22nd September 2017 from 8pm! Robert Ince from the Starmakers Stargazing Group will guide you on an incredible journey through the constellations and along the Milky, while showing you how to find all sorts of heavenly objects for yourself. There will be powerful telescopes for you to gaze through, all operated by a local astronomer, who will attempt to answer any questions on…

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ScopeOut 2017 Telescope Festival

September 23 @ 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place
Cincinnati, OH 45208 United States

The Cincinnati Observatory celebrates the universe with an all-day (and all night) open house called ScopeOut. In the afternoon we’ll have, classes, educational materials for teachers, kid’s space crafts and hands-on science activities, safe viewing of the Sun, swap table, meteorites, tours of our historic buildings and science exhibitors and vendors from around the region. In the evening, we have a dinner under the stars including keynote lecture by Dr.…

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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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Stargazing at Mere Sands Wood

September 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve, Holmeswood Road
Rufford, Lancashire L40 1TG United Kingdom

We will be your guide taking you on an incredible journey through the constellations and along the Milky Way, while also showing you how to find all sorts of heavenly objects for yourself. We will try and show some of the skies wonders through our powerful telescopes and binoculars. These are all operated by local astronomers, who will attempt to answer your questions on life, the universe and everything! We'll…

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Fall Astronomy Day

September 30 @ 9:30 pm
Pickett CCC Memorial State Park (Venue), 4605 Pickett Park Hwy
Jamestown, TN 38556 United States
Free

We will be celebrating astronomy with a star party! We will have astronomers’ set-up in the astronomy field at Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area with different celestial objects for everyone to see. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a red flashlight.

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Pennyrile Stargaze 2017

October 14 - October 22
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, 20781 Pennyrile Lodge Rd
Dawson Springs, KY 42408 United States
Free

Our 3rd annual Pennyrile Stargaze will be held on October 14th to October 22nd 2017. Our event is held in the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park under the pristine skies of Western Kentucky. For more information please visit our Pennyrile Stargaze facebook page. Hope to see you there.

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AstroAssembly 2017

October 14 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Seagrave Memorial Observatory, 47 Peeptoad Road
North Scituate, RI 02857 United States
$25

AstroAssembly is an annual event. This year's theme is: Highlighting Interesting Projects in Amateur Astronomy. The featured evening speaker is Dr. Mario Motta and afternoon speakers include Francis O'Reilly, Alan Sliski and Stella Kafka. There will be a Poster Session, Swap Table (please bring your own table), Solar Viewing, Astrophotography Contest, Homemade Telescopes (bring yours!) and our Famous Astro Bake-off Contest! Registration: $25 Evening Banquet: $25

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Chiefland Astrofest

October 15 - October 22
Billy Dodd Memorial Field, NW 52nd Court
Chiefland, FL 32626 United States
Free

This is a seven day star party, held on the Billy Dodd Memorial field at the Chiefland Astronomy Village in Chiefland, Florida. Full line up of speakers and events catering to the whole family. More information is available at, www.chieflandastrofest.com

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Exmoor Dark Skies Festival

October 19 - October 29
Exmoor, Exmoor, United Kingdom
various

Ten days of events for families, amateur astronomers and astro photographers. Events all around Exmoor. Event include star gazing and astronomy talks.

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SJAC Fall Star Party

October 19 @ 3:00 pm - October 22 @ 12:00 pm
Belleplain State Forest, NJ United States
$15

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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Orange Blossom Special Star Party

February 7, 2018 - February 10, 2018
Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd.
Dade City, FL 33525 United States

The St. Petersburg Astronomy Club is having their annual Orange Blossom Special Star Party on Feb 7th- 10th, 2018 at Withlacoochee River State Park, Dade City, Florida. For additional Information go to: https://www.orangeblossomspecial.org/

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