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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

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FAR OUT EXHIBIT
An art exhibit about James Webb Space Telescope

Art.Science.Gallery, Austin, Texas
June 3-July 29, 2017; Tuesdays-Saturdays, Noon-6 p.m.

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The Golden Age of Exploration

Charles Elachi, former director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
June 15, 2017, 7 p.m.
Free admission

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The Golden Age of Exploration

Charles Elachi, former director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California
June 16, 2017, 7 p.m.
Free admission

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Five Years of Exploring Gale Crater with the Curiosity Mars Rover

James Erickson and Ashwin Vasavada, Mars Science Laboratory Project, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
July 13, 2017, 7 p.m.
Free admission

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Five Years of Exploring Gale Crater with the Curiosity Mars Rover

James Erickson and Ashwin Vasavada, Mars Science Laboratory Project, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California
July 14, 2017, 7 p.m.
Free admission

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40 Years in Space: Voyager's Remarkable Journey Continues

Alan Cummings, Voyager team member since 1973
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
August 24, 2017, 7 p.m.
Free admission

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40 Years in Space: Voyager's Remarkable Journey Continues

Alan Cummings, Voyager team member since 1973
Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California
August 25, 2017, 7 p.m.
Free admission

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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

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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

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Red Rover: Mission to Mars
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Young visitors will learn about rovers, then design and build their own
June 10, 2017, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free admission ($15 parking fee)

Summer on the Hudson: Stargazing
Riverside Park South, Manhattan
June 10, 2017, 8-11 p.m.
Free admission

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The 2017 Solar Eclipse Through the Eyes of NASA

C. Alex Young, NASA
Pickford Theater, James Madison Memorial Building,
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
June 15, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Free admission

Summer on the Hudson: Sungaze
Riverside Park South, Manhattan
June 25, 2017, Noon-4 p.m.
Free admission

Summer on the Hudson: Stargazing
Riverside Park South, Manhattan
July 8, 2017, 8-11 p.m.
Free admission

Astronomy & Night Sky Summer Series
Assateague Island National Seashore, Berlin, Maryland
Astronomy 101 presentations, night sky observing through binoculars and telescopes
July 13, 2017, 7-10 p.m.
Park admission fee required

Astronomy & Night Sky Summer Series
Assateague Island National Seashore, Berlin, Maryland
Astronomy 101 presentations, astronomy-themed activities, night sky observing through binoculars and telescopes
July 28, 2017, 7-10 p.m.
Park admission fee required

Summer on the Hudson: Sungaze
Riverside Park South, Manhattan
July 30, 2017, Noon-4 p.m.
Free admission

Summer on the Hudson: Stargazing
Riverside Park South, Manhattan
August 12, 2017, 8-11 p.m.
Free admission

Astronomy & Night Sky Summer Series
Assateague Island National Seashore, Berlin, Maryland
Astronomy 101 presentations, night sky observing through binoculars and telescopes
August 12, 2017, 7-10 p.m. (the refuge will stay open all night to allow visitors to watch the Perseid meteor shower)
Park admission fee required

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Venus--The Forgotten, Mysterious Planet

Lori Glaze
Pickford Theater, James Madison Memorial Building,
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

August 15, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Free admission

Summer on the Hudson: Sungaze
Riverside Park South, Manhattan
August 27, 2017, Noon-4 p.m.
Free admission

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Cassini's Grand Finale

Conor Nixon
Pickford Theater, James Madison Memorial Building,
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

September 7, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Free admission

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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

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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