May 2019

2019-05-03 (All day) to 2019-05-05 (All day)

Greetings from the Popular Astronomy Club! We are proud to announce we are hosting NCRAL 2019 from May 3rd to May 5th, 2019 in Moline, Illinois at the conveniently located Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center. Join your fellow amateur astronomers for interesting presentations, side trips, good food, and great camaraderie. Bring your family and enjoy the various attractions the Quad Cities has to offer!

Registration is now open with an early booking discount available through March 15th. A block of rooms with special rates at Stoney Creek is also available. Additional details and registration information is available at https://ncral2019.org/ All regions are welcome. See you at NCRAL 2019!

Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
101 18th Street
61265 Moline , IL
United States
Illinois US

2019-05-04 15:00 to 23:00

Millican Reserve Millican , TX
United States
Texas US

2019-05-10 07:30 to 10:00

The NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center and its partner the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation will host an Astronomy Night event from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 10.

This event begins with an astronomy presentation in the Visitor Center’s auditorium at 7:30 p.m. followed by night sky observations through high-powered telescopes operated by the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation on the grounds of the Visitor Center from 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Drop-in, hands-on space science activities, videos, and astronomy resources will also be available from 8 – 9 p.m.

The astronomy presentation and indoor activities will take place regardless of the weather conditions. However, the telescope viewing is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.
The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

NASA WFF Visitor Center
Route 175 Chincoteague Road Building J-20
23337 Wallops Island , VA
United States
Virginia US

2019-05-11 (All day)

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Suit up and join Team TCM Aerospace!

The Children’s Museum in West Hartford, CT celebrates Astronomy Day 2019 on Saturday, May 11 by inviting you to TCM Aerospace Research and Development Labs. Families and children become team members, and will learn about Earth and space concepts, through fun, hands-on NASA-related Explore Science activity stations. Children and their families are Mission Engineers, and need to review a series of space-based experiments in order to help decide what should go into the payload of a special rocket launch. Once all the tasks are completed, get ready to launch a rocket, all on your own. Space themed activities, special guests, and a lot of fun awaits you!

Talk about your (inter) stellar guests!

Our friends from the Connecticut R2D2 Builders! Of course R2D2 will be here,from 12-2, for some lively discussions, pictures, and maybe to stowaway when you take the Kessel Run.The Saber Guild - Kessel Temple will be on hand, starting at Noon for all visiting Jedis and Padawans. Come and see some amazing displays courtesy of the Guild members!

The Children's Museum
950 Trout Brook Drive
06119 West Hartford , CT
United States
Connecticut US

2019-05-11 (All day)

Astronomy and space-oriented organizations from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area will gather at the California Academy of Sciences from 10am-4pm to share their love of stargazing. Museum visitors will discover a wide range of family-friendly activities geared toward exploring the wonders of the night sky, from discovering local observatories or learning how to grind a telescope mirror, finding out where to see real space program artifacts, looking at meteorites, or trying out new, high-tech ways to explore the heavens. Students from local colleges and universities will be happy to discuss their educational programs. Weather-permitting, volunteers will guide safe solar and lunar observing from the deck of the Academy's Living Roof.

California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
94118 San Francisco , CA
United States
California US

2019-05-11 10:00 to 17:00

Planetarium shows throughout the day

Observing through the 14-inch telescope in the observatory on the grounds of miSci with safe solar filters

Lunar Engagement Day Station Activities:
1. Build the Orion Spacecraft and Lunar Lander
2. Moon Phases
3. Lunar Geology
4. Lava Tube Exploration
5. Lunar Rover
6. Paper Rockets

miSci - Museum of Innovation and Science
15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308
12308 Schenectady , NY
United States
New York US

2019-05-11 11:00 to 16:00

Explore the cosmos on Saturday, May 11, and celebrate National Astronomy Day with the North Museum of Nature and Science. From 11 am to 4 pm, participate in family-friendly space-themed activities and daytime observing of the sun and the moon. Discover the wonders of the universe with our numerous presentations by members of local astronomy clubs and/or with a planetarium show in South Central Pennsylvania’s largest planetarium, the SciDome Theater. Take advantage of the opportunity to interact with Lancaster’s own NASA Solar System Ambassador Axel Diaz, and amateur astronomers from local astronomy clubs; the Astronomy Enthusiasts of Lancaster County and the York County Astronomical Society. In the evening, three nearby parks will be offering the opportunity to observe the sky through telescopes. Specifically, stargazing (weather permitting) will take place at the Joseph R. Grundy Observatory at Franklin & Marshall College campus, Clayton Road from 8:30-10:30pm; John Rudy County Park Observatory, 400 Mundis Race Road, York, PA with the York County Astronomical Society from 8:00-10:00pm; and at Muddy Run Observatory, 172 Bethesda Church Rd. West, Holtwood, PA , with the Rittenhouse Astronomical Society from 7:00-10:30pm.

For more information please visit https://northmuseum.org/astronomy-day-2019/

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

2019-05-11 15:00 to 23:00

The Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC) will be celebrating Astronomy Day on May 11 from 3-11 pm at C.M. Crockett Park in Midland, VA. The event will include activities suitable for all ages. Join us and share the excitement of observing our universe through the many telescopes and specialized equipment operated by club members. Enjoy lectures by noted professionals in the field, including talks on the Parker Probe mission to the Sun, an update on New Horizons' Ultima Thule flyby, and a special presentation entitled "Moon dust" in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. Event is free; $7 parking for non-Fauquier County residents. Visit NOVAC.com/astroday for full details!

Affiliated club hosting this event:: Astronomy Day

C.M. Crockett Park
10066 Rogues Rd
22728 Midland , VA
United States
Virginia US

2019-05-11 16:00 to 22:00

Join us for an afternoon and evening of education, projects, and star gazing. All ages are welcome.

Mesa County Central Library
Central Library 443 N. 6th Street
81501 Grand Junction , CO
United States
Colorado US

2019-05-11 17:30 to 21:30

Celebrate Astronomy Day with the Northwest Suburban Astronomers and Harper College

Attend Astronomy lectures by Harper faculty and NSA members
See many telescopes on display and talk with the owner's
Meet with NSA club members to discuss topics in astronomy and their displays and photographs
Observe the sun and night-time objects through telescopes, weather permitting
Activities for all ages
a no-cost activity !

Harper College
Algonquin Road Building Z
Palatine , IL
United States
Illinois US

2019-05-11 18:00

Come and join the RRAS as we celebrate National Astronomy Day at the Rainbow Park Observatory. Activities start at 6:00 PM with solar observing and other activities. Hamburgers, hotdogs, and drinks will be served for a donation. Also, various items will be up for bid at a silent auction. At 8:00 PM, special guest speaker, Dr. Larry Crumpler, will give a talk about Mars.

For more information, visit www.rrastro.org

Rainbow Park Observatory
301 Southern Blvd SE
87124 Rio Rancho , NM
United States
New Mexico US

2019-05-11 19:30 to 22:30

Join us for a family-friendly evening of star-gazing and exploring the Universe, right from Trotwood Park in Winter Springs.
Telescopes will be on hand for public viewing of the Wonders of the Night Sky ! Stop by and see other worlds, stars, and even other galaxies, up close with your own eyes. Telescope owners are encouraged to attend as well, and share your passion for astronomy with our neighbors and your fellow enthusiasts.
** IF YOU HAVE A NEW TELESCOPE AND NEED ASSISTANCE IN SETTING IT UP, OR WISH TO LEARN,
Please plan to be on site at 7:15 PM (we'll need daylight for this). **
Sunset is at 8:05 p.m., Civil Twilight ends at 8:30 p.m..
Event link.
https://www.meetup.com/Winter-Springs-Astronomy-Club/events/260801148/
THIS ACTIVITY IS WEATHER PERMITTING.

Trotwood Park
1301 Casa Park Circle
Winter Springs , FL
United States
Florida US

2019-05-11 21:00 to 23:00

Presented By: Amazing Earthfest and Zion Monument Ranch

Contacts: Rich Csenge Email: rich@amazingearthfest.org Ph: 435-644-3735 Jessica Lindquist Email: jlindquist@ingrouphospitality.com Ph: 866-648-2555

Night Sky Viewing Event!

COMMEMORATE NATIONAL ASTRONOMY DAY!

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019

Time: 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Location: Zion Mountain Ranch, UT Hwy 9, Mt Carmel, UT

Directions: Travel north from Kanab on US 89 to Mt. Carmel Junction and turn left onto UT Hwy 9. Drive 9 miles to Zion Mountain Ranch and Cordwood Restaurant on the left side of the road. Astronomical telescopes will be set up for viewing just outside the main lodge.

Description: Experience delicious “farm to fork” dining at the rustic Cordwood Restaurant at Zion Mountain Ranch, then celebrate the next 2019 National Astronomy Day of the Astronomical League, May 11, as a first quarter Moon sets in the deep, dark sky over southern Utah. https://www.astroleague.org/

Zion Mountain Ranch preserves Utah’s night sky with low intensity, shielded outdoor lighting, making it an excellent location to observe the wondrous night sky! Kanab’s Stellar Vista Observatory and Amazing Earthfest will provide astronomical telescopes, operated by enthusiastic volunteers for your enjoyment. Kaibab Band of Southern Paiute Environmental Director Daniel Bullets will present tribal perspectives on the beauty and meaning of the night sky to the Paiute people.

Zion Mountain Ranch
UT Hwy 9
84755 Mt Carmel , UT
United States
Utah US

2019-05-12 15:00 to 22:00

Sedona Astronomy Day --- May 12th, 2019
Open to Public & FREE Event. ALL are Welcome!
Held in Sedona Bashas Shopping Center.
Solar Viewing from 3pm to 5pm
Stargazing from 7pm to 10pm..

Sedona Bashas Shopping Center
Hwy 89a / Coffeepot road.
86336 Sedona , AZ
United States
Arizona US

2019-05-13 20:00 to 22:30

Presented By: Stellar Vista Observatory and Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative Contact: Rich Csenge Phone: 435-644-3735 Email: rich@amazingearthfest.org Aubrey Larsen Phone: 435-213-7026 Email: darkskycooperative@gmail.com Nick Kiahtipes, Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative, darkskycooperative@gmail.com

Night Sky Event!

STELLAR VISTA OBSERVATORY

Fundraiser for Kanab’s Future Space Observatory

Date: Monday, May 13, 2019

Time: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Location: Kane County Water Conservancy Building.

Directions: Travel south from Kanab for 3 miles on US HWY 89A and turn left onto Kaneplex Drive. Go 1 mile and park across the road from the Kane County Water Conservancy District Office building. Enter the large conference room inside.

Description: Deep within the Colorado Plateau, Kane County, Utah, harbors some of the darkest night skies in America. Unshielded light from cities and towns across the world have diminished the treasures of the sky. Learn why the State of Utah supports the preservation of its world-class night skies, and how Kanab has become the site for a future project to create a public educational observatory. Kanab’s nonprofit Stellar Vista Observatory (SVO) welcomes contributions to this extraordinary emerging project!

The Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative serves a four-state region where exceptional natural darkness is treasured by millions whose home towns and cities no longer afford a view of the wonders of the night sky. Join CPSCD Director Aubrey Larsen for a fascinating multimedia tour of dark sky locations and communities on the Plateau. Learn about the many ways you can help enhance natural darkness and what the City of Kanab has already done to preserve your view of the stars! https://cpdarkskies.org/

The evening will include a brief and informative panel discussion with Q&A on the economic, cultural, public safety and quality of life enhancements resulting from preserving natural darkness. Panelists include Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative Coordinator Aubrey Larsen, Kane County Tourism Director Camille Johnson, Kaibab Band of Southern Paiute Environmental Director Daniel Bulletts, Kanab Planning Commissioner Donna Huntsman and Stellar Vista Observatory Trustee and former Program Director for the National Air and Space Museum Von Del Chamberlain. Our moderator foe the occasion will be Elizabeth Walker, Founding Director of the nonprofit TranscendDiscipline. www.transcenddiscipline.com/home

Immediately after the program, SVO will host a short moonlight walk along the Sherry Belle Trail where astronomical telescopes will be set up at several points to observe constellations and our Moon!

Kane County Water Conservancy Building
725 E. Kaneplex Drive
84741 Kanab , UT
United States
Utah US

2019-05-15 21:00 to 23:00

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Time: 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Kanab Location: Gather at the Earthfest Information Table, Kane County Office of Tourism, 78 South 100 East, Kanab, Utah at 8:30 PM. Carpool or caravan to the site. Kane County Shuttle Van will provide free transportation.

Directions: Hop on the Shuttle or drive east from Kanab on US Hwy 89 for 10 miles and turn left onto Johnson Canyon Rd. Go north for 9 miles to the star party site at the GSENM Nephi Pasture Staging Area on the East side of the road. Restroom on site.

Date: Friday, May 17, 2019

Time: 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Escalante Location: Head of the Rocks Scenic Overlook on Scenic Byway 12

Directions: From Escalante, drive east on Scenic Byway 12 for 10 miles. Please carpool if possible. No restroom on site.

Description: Join area night sky enthusiasts, Southern Paiute Environmental Director Daniel Bulletts* and BLM night sky Ranger Shawn Duffy for a moon & star party in Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument. More than 90% of GSENM enjoys pristine dark sky conditions, meaning that observers see no indication of artificial skyglow anywhere in the night sky, from the zenith down to the horizon. In such conditions only natural sources of light, such as starlight, airglow, aurora and zodiacal light, are visible to the human eye. This absence of light pollution is one of the many superlative natural resources of the Monument.

Astronomy has been practiced here for thousands of years and although native cultures did not leave written records, evidence exists of their keen interest in and vast knowledge of the stars, sun, and moon. So, why then, are Native Americans astronomers? Learn answers to this question as well as how measurements of exceptional natural darkness across the breadth of the Monument distinguish GSENM as one of the darkest places left in the lower 48 states! Telescopes, large and small, will facilitate dazzling views of the heavens. Celebrate the night with live music by singer songwriter Rex Seabury (aka Utah Slim), Take a tour of the constellations, enjoy lunar exploration and star stories. Bring water, a flashlight (red is best), a

camp chair if you’d like to sit, and be prepared for chilly nighttime temperatures. *Kanab event only.

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Kane County Office of Tourism
78 South 100 East
84741 Kanab , UT
United States
Utah US

2019-05-16 21:30 to 23:00

Presented By: Creative Community

Contact: Rich Csenge Phone: 435-644-3735 Email: rich@amazingearthfest.org

Night Sky Viewing Event!

CITY LIGHTS AND STARRY NIGHTS

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019

Time: 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Location: South end of Terrell Drive in Kanab.

Directions: Travel east from Kanab on US 89 and turn right at Kanab Furniture then left onto Chinle Drive. Go ¾ mile and turn right onto Terrell Drive. Go another ¾ mile passing a 4-way intersection then up the hill to a dead end. Walk into the roped-off, paved viewing area.

Description: Glowing, growing cities and towns across the world have diminished the treasures of the sky. Kanab, however, is a haven for the heavens! Who doesn’t relish the wonder of a deep star-filled sky? Bring the whole family and find out how to balance the primal experience of starry nights with the need for public safety and city lights. Witness the startling beauty of the moon and stars through astronomical quality telescopes provided by local residents. Learn how the City of Kanab is working to preserve your view of the stars!

South end of Terrell Drive in Kanab 84741 Kanab , UT
United States
Utah US

2019-05-17 21:00 to 23:00

Presented By: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument & Grand Staircase Escalante Partners
Moon & Star Party!
THE FIRST STAR PEOPLE
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Darkest Province in the Lower Forty-Eight!

Date: Friday, May 17, 2019
Time: 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Escalante Location: Head of the Rocks Scenic Overlook on Scenic Byway 12
Directions: From Escalante, drive east on Scenic Byway 12 for 10 miles. Please carpool if possible. No restroom on site.

Description: Join area night sky enthusiasts, Southern Paiute Environmental Director Daniel Bulletts* and BLM night sky Ranger Shawn Duffy for a moon & star party in Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument. More than 90% of GSENM enjoys pristine dark sky conditions, meaning that observers see no indication of artificial skyglow anywhere in the night sky, from the zenith down to the horizon. In such conditions only natural sources of light, such as starlight, airglow, aurora and zodiacal light, are visible to the human eye. This absence of light pollution is one of the many superlative natural resources of the Monument.

Astronomy has been practiced here for thousands of years and although native cultures did not leave written records, evidence exists of their keen interest in and vast knowledge of the stars, sun, and moon. So, why then, are Native Americans astronomers? Learn answers to this question as well as how measurements of exceptional natural darkness across the breadth of the Monument distinguish GSENM as one of the darkest places left in the lower 48 states! Telescopes, large and small, will facilitate dazzling views of the heavens. Celebrate the night with live music by singer songwriter Rex Seabury (aka Utah Slim), Take a tour of the constellations, enjoy lunar exploration and star stories. Bring water, a flashlight (red is best), a camp chair if you’d like to sit, and be prepared for chilly nighttime temperatures. *Kanab event only.

For additional information about this event:
Event Contact Name: Allysia Angus, GSENM Landscape Architect

Event Contact Phone: 435-826-5615

Event Contact Email: aangus@blm.gov

Head of the Rocks Scenic Overlook on Scenic Byway 12
From Escalante, drive east on Scenic Byway 12 for 10 miles
84725 Escalante , UT
United States
Utah US

2019-05-30 11:30 to 2019-06-04 11:30

Logan Valley Star Party - 2nd annual 5-30 thru 6-4. 20-miles SE of John Day Oregon - FREE!
Please RSVP.
https://sites.google.com/view/loganvalleystarparty/home

44 11.25', -118 36.95' 20 miles SE of John Day , OR
United States
Oregon US

2019-05-31 19:30 to 23:00

http://www.chimneyrockco.org/event/night-sky-archaeoastronomy-programs-2...

PROGRAM DETAILS
Timed for when the moon is absent from the sky, this program enables guests to enjoy the night sky in a truly dark-sky environment and see fainter objects that the moon’s light would normally obscure.

The Hwy 151 Entry Gate will open an hour before sunset, for check-in and driving to the High Mesa parking lot, where volunteers await with telescopes. While we wait for our eyesight to adjust to the growing darkness, we’ll hear a short talk to prepare us for viewing the night sky. Topics may include how the ancient people who periodically inhabited the site lived, how they used the unique landscape of the Chimney Rock area to view the sky, what special astronomical events they might have seen, and what we will see in the evening’s viewing.

At the viewing area, each telescope will focus on a different feature, and the volunteers will change that focus periodically during the viewing time. Viewing is scheduled to continue until about one hour after maximum darkness. Guests may depart from the viewing area whenever they choose.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Remember that at this altitude the nights begin to cool rapidly after sunset, so an appropriate jacket or sweater will enable you to remain comfortable while you enjoy the majesty of the night sky at Chimney Rock.

This program is perfect for young families and those with limited mobility.

Visitors traveling with their own telescope are encouraged to bring it to the program and share it with others.

Guests must enter through the Hwy 151 entry gate during the check-in period stated below; the gate will be locked at the end of that time. In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather, rain checks will be available. For details, please call the Visitor Cabin (970-883-5359) 9:00 – 4:00 Mountain Time.

FRIDAY, MAY 31:

Arrive for check-in 7:30-8:00pm.
Program begins at 8:15pm
TICKETS:
$16.00/adult and $8.00/child (5-12)
Considered a non-refundable donation.
A booking fee applies to each ticket purchased online or through the call center.
Reservations strongly recommended. Limited space. Walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Chimney Rock National Monument
3179 CO-151
81121 Chimney Rock , CO
United States
Colorado US