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star party graphicKeep up with astronomy and space events from coast to coast with these listings. They include star parties, museum events, public talks, and many other events. We'll add new activities as we hear about them, so check back often for events in your area.

We also have listings of observatories, planetariums, and other public facilities that offer views through telescopes at various times of the year.

See also: McDonald Observatory On-site Programs

If you want to add your event to this list, please send your information using "Star Party listing request" on our Contact Form.

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EXHIBIT
Mission to the Asteroid Belt

Displays about Dawn mission to Vesta, Ceres
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque
September 27, 2017-September 30, 2018

LECTURE
An Underground Look at Mars Climate and Evolution

Lynn Carter, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
University of Arizona, Tucson
October 4, 2017, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE/SKYWATCHING
Cosmic Fireworks
Mansi Kasliwal
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
October 20, 2017, 8 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Mars 2020, or There and Back Again

Ken Williford, Deputy Project Scientist, Mars 2020 Mission
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
November 16, 2017, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Mars 2020, or There and Back Again

Ken Williford, Deputy Project Scientist, Mars 2020 Mission
Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California
November 17, 2017, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE/SKYWATCHING
Cosmic Lenses: Bending Light with Gravity
Denise Schmitz
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
November 17, 2017, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE/SKYWATCHING
Brown Dwarfs: Too Small a Star, Too Massive a Planet
Kaew Tinyanont
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
December 8, 2017, 7 p.m.
Free admission

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Summer on the Hudson: Stargazing
Riverside Park South, New York, New York
September 30, 2017, 8-11 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
The Star That Ate Manhattan Could Guide Humanity Beyond the Solar System

Zaven Arzoumanian, mission scientist, NICER
Pickford Theater, James Madison Memorial Building,
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

October 17, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Free admission

Night Sky Telescope Viewing
View the night sky through telescopes and binoculars
Assateague Island National Seashore, Berlin, Maryland
October 21, 2017
Event is free, but park entry fees apply

OPEN HOUSE
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia
Bus tours, hands-on activities, other events
October 21, 2017
Free admission

Observe the Moon Night
Presentations, Moon viewing through telescopes
NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center, Wallops Island, Virginia
October 28, 2017
Free Admission

LECTURE
To Explore Strange New Worlds: NASA's Small Steps and Giant Leaps in Understanding Worlds Beyond

Padi Boyd
Pickford Theater, James Madison Memorial Building,
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

November 2, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Free admission