July 2018

2018-07-05 17:30 to 18:30

The NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center will host an “Astronomical Fireworks” presentation on Thursday, July 5 at 5:30 p.m.

For astronomers, everyday is like the 4th of July! The universe is full explosive events that are not only spectacular to observe, but actually have or have had a direct impact on our very existence. Join us for a tour of this astronomical fireworks show that is going on for us every night.

Presented by Dr. Nicholas Troup, Assistant Professor of Physics at Salisbury University. He received his B.S. in Physics from the University of Delaware in 2012, where he worked under Dr. John Gizis and Dr. Dominic Benford at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center on various projects involving infrared astronomy. He then pursued his Ph.D. in Observational Astronomy from the University of Virginia under the supervision of Dr. Steven Majewski.

The NASA Visitor Center, located on Va. Rt. 175 about six miles from U. S. Route 13 and five miles from Chincoteague, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information about the Astronomical Fireworks lecture or the Visitor Center, Call 757-824-1344 or visit:

NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center
Route 175 Building J-20
23337 Wallops Island , VA
United States
Virginia US

2018-07-10 (All day) to 2018-07-15 (All day)

Registration is now open for the 2018 Indiana Family Star Party, held July 10 – 15th at the Camp Cullom Prairie Grass Observatory near Mulberry, Indiana. Join amateur astronomers from around the Midwest for dark skies, engaging events, good food, interesting astronomy and space-related presentations, and great comradery.

Early registration discount ends June 25th. Additional details and registration information are available at http://indianastars.com/starparty/

Camp Cullom Prairie Grass Observatory
6815 West County Rd. 200 North
46041 Fankfort , IN
United States
Indiana US

2018-07-11 (All day) to 2018-07-14 (All day)


Greetings from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul!! The Minnesota Astronomical Society is proud to announce we are hosting the 2018 Astronomical League Convention (ALCON 2018) from July 11th to July 14th, 2018.

Our venue for the convention is the Hilton Hotel and Convention Center conveniently located near the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport and the world-famous Mall of America. In addition, we will also be showcasing our world-class outreach facility, Eagle Lake Observatory, with its two observatories and classroom facilities.

We have started gathering a great line-up of speakers. Notable speakers who have already accepted our invitation include:

Dr. Pamela Gay – Co-Host of the “Astronomy Cast” podcast and the Director of Technology and Citizen Science for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Bob Berman – Astronomer, author and “Strange Universe” columnist for Astronomy Magazine
Dr. Phil Plait – a.k.a. the “Bad Astronomer” is an astronomer, writer and blogger
Bob King – Known as AstroBob, he is an amateur astronomer, writer, educator and photographer

In addition, each evening we will be having a field trip to Eagle Lake Observatory in Baylor Regional Park to provide viewing through our state of the art telescopes, including an 8” TMB refractor. We’ll also have talks in our air conditioned, bug free HotSpot classroom. The park will also be the location of our Star-B-Q with live music on Friday night followed by viewing through our telescopes. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own telescopes and set them up around the observatory.

For a limited number of attendees, we will be providing field trips to our Joseph J. Casby Observatory for viewing through our 10” TMB refractor, one of the largest refractor telescopes in Minnesota.

We will also have field trips and guided tours to the newly opened Bell Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, the Tate Laboratory of Physics at the University of Minnesota, featuring it’s 10.5” Warner & Swasey Telescope built in 1896 and the Science Museum of Minnesota. We are also putting together field trips for the non-astronomer which will include the arts, shopping and family events.

So, block your calendar for July 11-14, 2018 and join us for the best ALCON ever! Look for updates about the convention through the remainder of 2017. Registration will be available at the beginning of 2018.

3800 American Bldd. E
55425 Bloomington , MN
United States
Minnesota US

2018-07-13 07:30 to 10:00

Discover the night sky from Assateague Island! The event will begin with auditorium presentations followed by stargazing with telescopes.

Times & Locations:

Astronomy 101 Presentation

7:30, 8:00 and 8:30 p.m.

Herbert H. Bateman Educational Center Auditorium (limited space available; first come, first serve; rain or shine)

Night Sky Observations through telescopes (subject to cancelation due to inclement weather; refuge closes at 10 p.m.)

8:30 - 9:45 p.m.

North End of Parking Lot #1

The series is free and open to the public, however park entrance fees still apply. For entrance fee information visit: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Chincoteague/visit/fees.html

Optional items to bring: binoculars, a red light, and insect repellant

There series is a collaboration between Assateague Island National Seashore, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation and the NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
8231 Beach Rd
23336 Chincoteague Island , VA
United States
Virginia US