April 2017

2017-04-21 (All day)

The Popular Astronomy Club and the Putnam Museum & Science Center, Davenport, Iowa have partnered for Astronomy Day on Friday April 21, 2017 from 1:00 pm - 8:30 pm. See meteorites and an actual Moon Rock on loan from NASA. We'll have displays including information on the total solar eclipse. Our "chefs" will be on hand to "cook up" some comets and don't miss a stop at the Weight Station to see what you weigh on different planets! There will be indoor planetarium shows and solar observing in the afternoon and night sky observing that evening (weather permitting). There will also be childrens' crafts and free literature.

7:00 pm - Special Program - Dr. Paul Sipiera, President & CEO of The Planetary Studies Foundation, Galena, Illinois "How And Where To View The Great American Total Solar Eclipse". Dr. Sipiera is a Professor Emeritus of Geology and Astronomy at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Il. At the present time he also serves as Director of the PSF Earth & Space Science Museum in Elizabeth, Illinois.

Join us for this educational and family friendly celebration of Astronomy!

Putnam Museum & Science Center
1717 W. 12th St., Davenport, IA 52804 Davenport, IA 52804
52804 Davenport , IA
United States
Iowa US

2017-04-26 (All day) to 2017-04-29 (All day)

Rainwater Observatory is gearing up for its annual Midsouth Stargaze and Astronomy Conference coming up April 26-29, 2017! This event attracts amateur and professional astronomers from around the country. It is held under one of the darkest skies in the southeastern United States and just off the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway near the village of French Camp, Mississippi. Join us this year for fun, fellowship, observing, door prizes and fascinating presentations by professional research astronomers and much more! Speakers include astronomer and galaxy researcher, Dr. William Keel, from the University of Alabama, http://uanews.ua.edu/2015/04/hubble-finds-phantom-objects-near-dead-quas... astrophotographer and "Hurricane Hunter", Jon Talbot, http://www.starscapeimaging.com/, NASA recognized teacher-lecturer and solar astronomer, David Teske and space artist and lecturer, Edwin Faughn, http://www.edwinfaughn.com .

Rainwater is home to one of the largest collections of powerful telescopes in the southeast. We have some new exciting indoor exhibits and beautiful custom built exhibit cases with an impressive new meteorite collection. The exhibits contain objects such as a Mars meteorite, a large shatter cone, tektites and a piece of the Chelyabinsk meteorite that hit Russia in 2013! In addition, we have exhibits featuring an impressive collection of rocks, minerals, asteroid models and other astronomy related displays.

We have a large camping area with a pavilion, picnic tables, men’s and women’s showers and bathrooms, WIFI access, all new electrical outlets on the hill, 14 bed air conditioned bunk house, four grills and five campfire pit areas with surround seating as well as other camping areas around the observatory hill. There is a Bed and Breakfast, Council House Cafe, Lodge, Memphis Guest House and other additional lodging located within a mile of the observatory.

Please Note: This event is primarily geared for adults and supervised older children interested in learning more about astronomy.

Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium
One Fine Place
39745 French Camp , MS
United States
Mississippi US

2017-04-29 (All day)

Solar observing, activities, lectures and night sky observing.

Robert Ferguson Observatory
Sugarloaf State Ridge Park 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd.
9545 Kenwood , CA
United States
California US

2017-04-29 (All day)

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, a unique star party will take place in southwestern New Mexico. America’s Darkest Sky Star Party will occur with a variety of telescopes in Lordsburg and Animas, New Mexico, a lovely area dominated by antique silver mining that now boasts one of the best skies in the world for stargazing.

Astronomy magazine Editor David Eicher and Senior Editor Michael Bakich, well known astronomy personalities, will present several talks prior to the dark-sky observing. Eicher will speak on “The New Cosmos: Great Discoveries of the Past Decade” and “25 Exotic Targets for Deep-Sky Observers.” Bakich will speak on “The Great American Eclipse of 2017” and “What We’ll See Tonight.”

Eicher and Bakich are well known authorities in the field of astronomy. Eicher is author of 21 books on science and history, a member of the Board for the Starmus Festival, Editor-in-Chief of Asteroid Day, and an authority on deep-sky observing. Bakich is a frequent and popular speaker on astronomy and has also written numerous books.

The meeting and talks will take place beginning at 11 a.m. at the Hampton Inn in Lordsburg. Following the talks, the group will travel to the Dark Sky New Mexico Ranch in Animas, where attendees will enjoy a chuck wagon dinner. Participants will be able to interact with the astronomers during the event, but the party will really begin at sunset (7:55 p.m.), as the 3-1/2-day-old crescent Moon appears low in the west while brilliant Jupiter dominates the eastern sky. Then, as night truly falls (9:24 p.m.), the celestial scene opens up to star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.

The event is open and will be a magnificent time for the general public, for amateur astronomers (who can bring their telescopes if they choose), for the science curious, and anyone who would like to see what our universe is all about. For more information and to register for what promises to be a great astronomical get-together, head to Dark Sky New Mexico’s website at darkskynewmexico.com.

Hampton Inn
412 W. Wabash St.
88045 Lordsburg , NM
United States
New Mexico US

2017-04-29 (All day)

The Midland's Astronomy Club and the local library system will be at the Sparkleberry Country Fair promoting Astronomy Day, all things astronomy related, future events and programs with the club and library, and of course, because we are in the path of totality, we will have solar telescopes and all the eclipse information you can wish for.

The Sparkleberry Country Fair is held at Clemson University
, Sandhill Research & 
Education Center
 at 900 Clemson Road
, Columbia, South Carolina 29229.

Sparkleberry Country Fair
900 Clemson Rd
29229 Columbia , SC
United States
South Carolina US

2017-04-29 (All day)

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Astronomy Day at the North Museum
April 29, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Explore the cosmos on Saturday, April 29, and celebrate International Astronomy Day with the North Museum of Nature and Science. From 11 am to 4 pm, participate in family-friendly space-themed activities and safe daytime observing of the sun, moon, and the planet Venus. Discover the wonders of the universe with a planetarium show in Central Pennsylvania’s largest planetarium, the SciDome Theater. Don’t miss an opportunity to interact with Lancaster’s own NASA Solar System Ambassador Axel Diaz and amateur astronomers from our local astronomy club, the Astronomy Enthusiasts of Lancaster County as they’ll be available to your answer your questions about astronomy and telescopes so you can get started in the hobby that reveals the hidden treasures within our sky and beyond.

For more information please visit https://northmuseum.org

North Museum of Nature and Science
400 Colllege Avenue
17603 Lancaster , PA
United States
Pennsylvania US

2017-04-29 10:00 to 13:00

Grand Teton National Park's Junior Ranger Day will be focused on dark skies, the upcoming total solar eclipse, and other astronomical fun! This free, family-friendly event will have fun and educational activities for all ages and a kids can earn a Junior Ranger badge. Details are still in the works, watch social media or email GRTE_Education@nps.gov for more information.

Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center
Teton Park Road
83012 Moose , WY
United States
Wyoming US

2017-04-29 10:00 to 16:00

The Kalamazoo Astronomical Society will once again bring astronomy to the people by hosting a day of exciting and informative activities at Kalamazoo Valley Community College's Texas Township Campus and the Kalamazoo Nature Center. This free event, aimed at the general public, including families with school age children, is intended to widen knowledge and appreciation of science, particularly of astronomy.

Astronomy Day 2017's theme is the Great American Eclipse. On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States from coast to coast. It will give tens of millions of people in a 70-mile-wide, 2,500-mile-long path from Oregon to South Carolina a chance to see the spectacular solar corona, a sight hidden from view except during totality. The continental United States is the only land mass along the eclipse path. Occurring during the summer vacation season, this eclipse holds the potential to be seen by more people than any other event of its kind in history.

This year we are pleased to feature presentations by the esteemed author and astronomer Dr. Tyler Nordgren, and world-renowned eclipse chasers Jay Anderson and Fred Espenak.

KVCC will host our daytime activities from 10am - 4pm. These include a solar star party, educational and informative displays, hands-on activities, an Eclipse Photography Workshop lead by Fred Espenak, and eclipse talks for children by Patricia Totten Espenak and Mike Sinclair. The KAS will also have Eclipse Shades available for purchase, so you can safely view the eclipse on August 21st.

Astronomy Day concludes with an observing session for the public at the Kalamazoo Nature Center starting at 8pm. Please be sure to visit our special Astronomy Day website for complete details: http://astroday.kasonline.org/

Kalamazoo Valley Community College
6767 West O Ave.
49003 Kalamazoo , MI
United States
Michigan US

2017-04-29 10:00 to 16:30

The EAS will be at the Everett Public Library Evergreen Branch location all day Saturday April 29th (10:00 – 4:30) with exhibits (such as a hands-on meteorite display), telescopes and imaging equipment, solar observing, and other media collections.

The Everett Astronomical Society (EAS) will have Astronomy Day presentations and activities at the Evergreen Branch of the Everett Public Library, on Saturday April 29th , from 10:00 AM until 4:45 PM.
All activities are free and open to the public at no charge.
These will be on display in the Evergreen Branch Library meeting room on Saturday:
- Astronomical images, many by local amateurs
- Telescopes of multiple types, astronomy binoculars, solar observing scopes, astro-imaging equipment
- Slide shows, various astronomical telescopes, computer and internet astronomy, books, photographs, posters, hand-on activities
- Local amateur astronomers are on hand to answer questions and describe astronomical observing and digital imaging techniques.
- Solar telescopes to view sun spots and solar prominence viewing with specialized hydrogen-alpha telescopes from sidewalk outside the exhibits.
- Attendees can pick up free copies of detailed sky maps showing the night sky objects, and handouts about getting started in astronomy.
- Learn about further sky-gazing and other activities conducted by the Everett Astronomical Society and other astronomy organizations in the northwest throughout the coming year.

Evergreen Branch of Everett Library
9512 Evergreen Way
Everett, WA 98204

Contact Everett Public Library http://www.epls.org/
Phone - 425-257-8250 or 425-257-8260

Evergreen Branch Library Map - https://www.epls.org/154/Directions-and-Hours

Everett Public Library - Evergreen Branch
9512 Evergreen Way
98204 Everett , WA
United States
Washington US

2017-04-29 11:00 to 2017-04-30 00:00

Free solar viewing and space/astronomy make-and-take activities ($1/person) from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Free, nighttime star party (telescope viewing) in the observatory from 9:00 PM to midnight, weather permitting. Planetarium shows at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 7:00, and 8:00 PM (Adults: $6, seniors: $5, children/students: $4).

Herrett Center for Arts & Science
410 North College Road
83301 Twin Falls , ID
United States
Idaho US

2017-04-29 12:00 to 15:00

A family-friendly event with activities and displays for all ages. The event will have lectures, planetarium shows, astronomy related exhibits hands-on science materials, planet walk, telescope making, and more, Visitors can view the sun in safe solar filtered telescopes. Children can make a star wheel and learn about science in a special hands-on science exhibit and science demonstration area or attend a planetarium show. Local amateur astronomers will be on hand to explain exhibits and answer questions.

Madelyn Helling library
980 Helling Way,
95959 Nevada City , CA
United States
California US

2017-04-29 15:00 to 23:00

The Highland Road Park Observatory will have its eleventh consecutive IAD celebration on Saturday 29 April. HRPO is at 13800 Highland Road and the event lasts from 3pm to 11pm. Visitors will include the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club, Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Baton Rouge Zoo, Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, the Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices, Civil Air Patrol, East Baton Rouge Parish Library and LIGO Livingston. There will also be a raffle of over $700 of astronomical equipment. The entire schedule of programs and viewing is at http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/astronomy_day.html. One can also call (225) 768-9948. HRPO is brought to the public by BREC, LSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society.

Highland Road Park Observatory
13800 Highland Road
70810 Baton Rouge , LA
United States
Louisiana US

2017-04-29 20:30 to 22:30

This Star Party will be in conjunction with the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club Novice Session.



Lake Hefner Windsurfer's Point
Old Lakeshore Dr
73132 Oklahoma City , OK
United States
Oklahoma US

2017-04-29 20:30 to 22:30

Public viewing at the WKU observatory on top of Thompson Central --
Hilltopper Astronomy Club

Western Kentucky University -- TCCW
State Street
42101 Bowling Green , KY
United States
Kentucky US