April 2018

2018-04-05 19:00 to 21:00

Please join us for a very rare and special evening:

An intimate conversation with the crew of Apollo 8 (Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, Bill Anders) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Man’s first
journey to the Moon, and the launch of the new book, Rocket Men, by bestselling Chicago author Robert Kurson

Thursday, April 5, 2018

7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30)

Museum of Science and Industry | 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

$35 ticket includes a signed copy of Rocket Men
Parking available

Tickets available at:

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
60637 Chicago , IL
United States
Illinois US

2018-04-11 10:15 to 2018-04-14 10:15

Rainwater Observatory is gearing up for its annual Midsouth Stargaze and Astronomy Conference coming up April 11-14, 2018! This event attracts amateur and professional astronomers from around the country. It is held under one of the few remaining dark 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 and fascinating presentations by professional astronomers and others such as galaxy researcher, Dr. William Keel from the University of Alabama, astrophotographer and "Hurricane Hunter" Jon Talbot, NASA recognized teacher-lecturer-astrophotographer, Dave Teske, Rainwater Observatory director and space artist,Edwin Faughn and much more!

Registration details can be found on our website at: rainwaterobservatory.org

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

2018-04-20 03:00

Using a dark sky location near the Craig County Public Library, we will give an informal talk on amateur astronomy while demonstrating the use of the library's LiTel telescope. Afterwards, we will have 3 LiTel telescopes for patrons to use while RVAS members float around to assist.

Craig County Public Library
303 Main St
24127 New Castle , VA
United States
Virginia US

2018-04-20 18:30 to 22:00

Organized by the Franklin Institute with help of volunteers of the FI as well as area astronomy clubs. Over 25 sites through the city of Philadelphia.
People all across the Delaware Valley turn their eyes to the skies for a one-night-only citywide celebration of the cosmos! Join your friends and neighbors to stare at the stars, contemplate the constellations, and be amazed by astronomy—right in your own backyard. Local astronomers will bring dozens of telescopes to 20+ stargazing sites across the region to educate and inspire us all to better understand our universe.


Various - see link Philadelphia , PA
United States
Pennsylvania US

2018-04-20 20:30 to 22:30

Free Public Star Party at Bowie Nature Park in Fairview, Tennessee. 8:30pm - 10:30 pm on Friday, April 20, hosted by Bowie Nature Park and the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society (BSAS). BSAS members bring and set up telescopes for everyone to enjoy the view, point out seasonal constellations and answer questions. Come on out and enjoy an evening of stargazing! This event is weather permitting, so check out our website (http://www.bsasnashville.com) or facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/bsasnashville) in the afternoon if the weather is questionable.

Bowie Nature Park
7211 Bowie Lake Road
37062 Fairview , TN
United States
Tennessee US

2018-04-21 (All day)

Come see our collection of meteorites, participate in hands-on activities, and join a star party at 8pm with the Rising Stars interns!

Cost: Admission to miSci ($10.50 adult, $7.50 child age 3-12, $9 senior 65+), Free for miSci members. Some activities require an extra fee. See schedule below!

11am - 12pm: Schenectady Meteorite Show and Tell with
Chris Hunter, miSci VP of Collections

11am - 7pm: Hands on activities for kids of all ages throughout
the museum

1pm - 3pm: Solar observing (weather permitting)

3pm - 4pm: Challenger Adventure (extra fee)

4pm - 5:30pm: Touch a meteorite with Dr. Valerie Rapson

7pm - 8pm: Public meteorite talk with Union College
Professor Heather Watson

8pm - 9pm: Night sky observing with the Rising Star Interns

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

2018-04-21 (All day)

This free public event will begin at 1 PM and last into the evening. There will be speakers in the afternoon as well as viewing through our solar telescopes (weather permitting). There will be another speaker after supper with door prizes awarded afterward. Viewing through our telescopes will continue into the evening or if the skies are cloudy we will have another speaker. The day is scheduled to end at 10 PM but if the skies are clear we will remain as long as the public wants to look through our telescopes.

Eagle Lake Observatory
10775 County Road 33 Baylor Regional Park
55397-9406 Norwood Young America , MN
United States
Minnesota US

2018-04-21 (All day)

Interstellar Saturday, April 21st, from 1 pm to 5 pm - includes children’s activities related to astronomy.
Weather permitting, Safe Sun Observation through telescope.
Events include:

1) Telescope Clinic from 1 pm to 4 pm. Bring your telescope to MAS and experts will show you how to best use them and how to tune them for best performance.

2) Special Planetarium presentation at 2 pm to 2:45 pm:
“The Upcoming Sky Extravaganza” by Astronomer/Science Writer Philip Groce
A personal tour of the upcoming sky events of 2018, including the close opposition of Mars and the parade of planets.
A few lucky ticket holders will win Astronomy related prizes.

3) Special Planetarium Presentation at 4 pm to 4:45 pm:
“Death By Universe and Other Happy Thoughts of a Sky Observer” by Astronomer/Science Writer Philip Groce
Why Observing the Universe is important and how Astronomy affects our everyday lives.
A few lucky ticket holders will win Astronomy related prizes.

Museum of Arts & Sciences
4182 Forsyth Road
31210 Macon , GA
United States
Georgia US

2018-04-21 (All day)

Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society commemorates Astronomy Day with a booth at the city's Earth Day celebration. Members will demonstrate various telescopes while explaining the basics of astronomy. Our outreach coordinators will conduct several teaching activities using the Night Sky Network astronomy outreach kits and other materials. Visitors will be offered various materials to include sky maps, NASA publications, back issues of Sky and Telescope magazine and other handout material received from the Astronomical League.

Grandin Village
1301 Grandin Road Southwest
24015 Roanoke , VA
United States
Virginia US

2018-04-21 09:00 to 16:00

The Children’s Museum in West Hartford, CT celebrates Astronomy Day 2018 on Saturday, April 21 with a “Space Game of Discovery.” Families and children will learn about Earth and space concepts, using a game board and participating in fun hands-on NASA-related Explore Science activity stations. A special planetarium schedule will be presented during the day. Weather permitting, safe solar viewing of the Sun will take place from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meet your favorite characters from Guardians of the Galaxy from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.!

With the exception of planetarium shows, all Astronomy Day activities are included with general admission and member admittance on Astronomy Day. Museum hours on Astronomy Day are 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission to the Children’s Museum is $14.75 for adults, $13.75 for seniors (63+), $13.75 for children (2-12) and free for children under age 2.

The Children's Museum
950 Trout Brook Drive
06119 West Hartford
United States

2018-04-21 10:00 to 14:00

Huachuca Astronomy Club Astronomy Day event at the Patterson Observatory in conjunction with the University of Arizona, South "Family Day". We will have solar viewing, solar science talks, meteorite talks, and a model solar system that attendees can walk.

Patterson Observatory
1140 N. Colombo Avenue
85635 Sierra Vista , AZ
United States
Arizona US

2018-04-21 11:00 to 13:00


The Heart of the Valley Astronomers will have their telescopes and binoculars set up for solar viewing on the patio of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM PDT. They will also have information about the upcoming close approach of Mars and other very cool astronomical tidbits. See https://cbcpubliclibrary.net/astronomy-2018/

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
645 NW Monroe Avenue
97330 Corvallis , OR
United States
Oregon US

2018-04-21 12:00 to 16:00

Astronomy demonstrations, solar observing weather permitting.

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
2600 Deweese Parkway
45414 Dayton , OH
United States
Ohio US

2018-04-21 14:00 to 16:00

Celebrate Astronomy Day at the Cozby Library on Saturday, April 21st, 2:00-4:00 PM. The Perot Tech Truck will be at the library for hands-on astronomy and science activities.

This program is for all ages. For more information please stop by the Information Desk, call 972-304-3658 or email cozbyprograms@coppelltx.gov.

Cozby Library and Community Commons
177 N. Heartz Rd.
75019 Coppell , TX
United States
Texas US

2018-04-21 14:00 to 22:00

Our twelfth consecutive year! Exhibits and demonstrations from the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club, Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society, Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, EBR Metropolitan Airport, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, LIGO, the St. George Fire Protection District and many more! Homemade comet exercise and face painting. Over $700 in astronomical equipment and materials will be raffled. Flying demo from the Red Stick R/C Club. A dry slide, spacewalk and hamster balls for the kids! Author Lisa Calhoun will promote her book "Superflare". Weather permitting a Renaissance Sundial will be displayed; also viewing of the Sun, the Moon, Venus, Jupiter, the Beehive Cluster and (possibly) Omega Centauri. A live remote from 100.7 FM "The Tiger" and live music from Celtic band Kitchen Session. The Adventure Quest game will allow kids to earn neat prizes. Join us from 3pm to 11pm Central Daylight Time.

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

2018-04-21 15:00 to 22:00

First Annual Spring Astronomy Day at the Insperity Observatory in Humble, TX, just north of Houston.

Operating three pier-mounted telescopes in the observatory, deck scopes, solar observing, green laser tour, outdoor talks, indoor presentations, a Houston All Clubs table for membership info, food trucks and more!

Check www.humbleisd.net/observatory/ for the latest.

Insperity Observatory
2505 S. Houston Avenue
77396 Humble , TX
United States
Texas US

2018-04-21 17:30 to 20:30

Northwest Suburban Astronomers and Harper College present: ASTRONOMY DAY on April 21, 2018

Many actives for all ages including:  telescopes on display, astronomy lectures by Harper faculty and NSA club members, 

Solar and deep sky observing opportunities using the Harper campy observatory and NSA club members’ telescopes, 

hands-on actives, display, photographs, and projects for children.  


More information may be found at:  www.nsaclub.org

Come join us starting at 5:30pm.


Harper College, Building Z

Algonquin Road entrance

Palatine, IL

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

2018-04-21 18:00

Make plans to join us for SOLAR DAY on Saturday April 21 from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm. The Charlie Elliott Chapter of the Atlanta Astronomy Club will be on hand to give you a glimpse of the sun like you’ve never seen before! Look through telescopes specifically made for safely observing the sun. We’ll discuss telescope use, the daytime sky and the safe way to view our closest star. Call (706) 878-1448 for more info or directions. $3 per person entrance fee to the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest recreation area, 16 and under FREE For more information see https://cfaia.org/anna-ruby-falls-recreation-area-visitor-center-in-geor... and https://www.facebook.com/events/1608423395944348/

Anna Ruby Falls Visitor Center
3455 Anna Ruby Falls Rd.
30545 Helen , GA
United States
Georgia US

2018-04-21 18:00 to 21:00

Presentations on basic Astronomy and a What's Up, including a raffle if two starter telescopes and two binoculars. Following will be viewing through telescopes and binoculars...
For more information, contact:
Janet Morales at jmorales@cityofwildomar.org
Or https::/www.facebook.com/TemeculaValleyAstronomers/

Marna O'Brien Park
20505 Palomar Street
92595 Wildomar , CA
United States
California US

2018-04-21 19:00 to 23:45

Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh, Inc.
Offering Public Education Programs Since 1929
Contact Persons (media only)
Tom Reiland H: 412-487-8326 O: 724-224-2510
As always during our events, we offer on-site or telephone
interviews, remote broadcast and filming opportunities to the
media. Please contact Tom Reiland for scheduling. Thank you
for your assistance with our educational programs.


GLENSHAW, Pa. (April 2, 2018) – Come see the evening planet, Venus. Catch one last glimpse of the Great Orion Nebula. It is all part of the show during the April Star Parties at Wagman Observatory sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh.
View the night sky with the Moon one to two days before First Quarter. Observe the Spring Constellations. This event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 starting at 8:05 PM EDT.
The Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory is located in Deer Lakes Regional Park, Frazer Township, Pa., near the village of Russellton in northeastern Allegheny County and some 18 miles from Pittsburgh.
This is an opportunity for amateur astronomers, students and the general public to observe the wonders of the Spring sky such as the galaxies in the Coma-Virgo Cluster, planetary nebulae and star clusters.
Did you get a telescope recently and don't know how to use it? Bring it along and members of the AAAP will help!
Looking to buy a telescope, accessories, star charts and books? Wagman Observatory is the place to start. We'll have free handouts, guides and booklets to point visitors in the right direction.
The Star Parties will be held WEATHER PERMITTING. The public should call 724-224-2510 for more information.
For Media use only contact Tom Reiland at home 412-487-8326 in the evening.

For more information check out our web page at: 3ap.org

The members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh invite the public to Nicholas E Wagman Observatory. More than 66,000 people have visited the Observatory since its opening in 1987.

Admission is free, though we gladly accept donations to cover the cost of operation. To reach Wagman Observatory, follow the Orange Belt (accessible from Routes 8 and 28) to Deer Lakes Park, near Russellton. Follow the road through the Park for 1.2 miles and turn left on to the Observatory grounds. Please use parking lights only when you drive through the gate.
For additional directions or to check on the weather conditions, please call the observatory at 724-224-2510. If you get our voice mail or a busy signal, keep trying. We receive many calls for information just before and during the star parties.

Wagamn Observatory, Russellton, PA
225 Kurn Road Frazer Twp
15084 Tarentum , PA
United States
Pennsylvania US

2018-04-21 19:15 to 22:15

On Saturday April 21st be a part of celebrating our Cosmos at Crane Point Museum and Nature Center as part of International Astronomy Day activities. From 12pm to 2pm, come and view our star the Sun and the daytime Moon through special telescopes adapted for this purpose. Astronomer guides Jay Elliott and Elizabeth Moore will be on hand to lead you on the exploration. This event will occur outside the Museum alongside US 1 by the Flagler train and is free to the public.

Then come back at 7pm on the steps of the Museum for an awesome “Evening with the Stars”. Take a walk through the planets and get a good look at our Spring constellations as we approach summer. This program requires that participants be able to walk a gravel road for 1/2mile; there will be no transportation available to or from the Crane House during this program. All participants must arrive by 7pm at the Museum steps and gates will be closed at 7:15pm. Please dress for outdoor nighttime weather. No pets allowed due to the use of telescopes and other equipment. $6 Admission and children under 6 free. Call Jay at 305-394-0975.

Crane Point Museum and Nature Center
5550 Overseas Hwy
33050 Marathon , FL
United States
Florida US

2018-04-21 20:00 to 23:00

The Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers hosts a public star party at the Model Airplane Field in Valley Forge National Historic Park. Telescopes will be set up for all to see the Moon, planets and other celestial objects, weather permitting.

Valley Forge National Historic Park PA
United States
Pennsylvania US

2018-04-22 03:00 to 09:00

On Sunday, April 22, 2018, from 3-9 p.m., The Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association (TAAA) will host a free Family Astronomy Day Festival at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, 3482 E. River Road (River & Alvernon). TAAA will have solar telescopes during the day, plus astronomy exhibits and activities for kids from TAAA, Tucson L5 Space Society, UA Lunar & Planetary Lab, UA Tree Ring Lab, and OSIRIS-Rex Mission. In the evening, telescopes will be available for viewing the Moon and Planets, plus Star Clusters, Nebulae, and other deep sky celestial wonders. Help available for people with personal telescopes. Door Prizes at dusk, and Night Sky Presentation at 8 P.M. For additional information, see the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association website: tucsonastronomy.org. Also, follow the event on Facebook: Facebook.com/TucsonAstronomy.

Brandi Fenton Park
3482 E. River Road
85718 Tucson , AZ
United States
Arizona US

2018-04-22 11:00 to 16:00

Activities, talks, displays, and demonstrations for all ages. Free admission and free parking


University of Hawai’i Institute for Astronomy
2680 Woodlawn Drive
96822 Manoa , HI
United States
Hawaii US

2018-04-22 11:00 to 16:00

Activities, talks, displays, and demonstrations for all ages.


Unversity of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy
2680 Woodlawn Drive
96822 Manoa , HI
United States
Hawaii US

2018-04-22 12:00 to 17:00

The Richmond Astronomical Society and the Science Museum of Virginia will host Astronomy Day activities outside on the Museum's lawn and just inside the main entrance. Activities will include safe solar viewing, water rocket launching, a meteorite collection display, telescope demonstration, video imaging demonstration, dark sky information, and indoor air rockets.

Science Museum of Virginia
2500 West Broad St.
23220 Richmond , VA
United States
Virginia US

2018-04-27 20:00 to 23:45

Psalm 19 Astronomy Society is a group of amateur astronomers who enjoy hosting sidewalk astronomy events. Our mission is "Sharing the beauty and majesty of God's universe through astronomy." This event will be hosted by the Austin, TX chapter.

We will host our second event for 2018 on Friday April 27, 2018 at sunset near downtown Austin, Texas USA. Sunset will be approximately 8:00 PM.

We will set up our telescopes at the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge which is part of the Austin Hike and Bike Trail and spans Lady Bird Lake just east of S. Lamar Blvd. Follow this link to the map of the bridge. There is free street parking near the Zach Scott Theatre.


There will be a waxing gibbous Moon. Venus will be visible at sunset. Otherwise, none of the close-in planets will be available for viewing. We may look at the Orion Nebula depending on how low in the sky.

Please go to our Facebook group page "Psalm 19 Astronomy Society" for more information and updates or contact Ed LaBelle at (512) 574-7633.


Rain-weather makeup date will be Saturday April 28, 2018.

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Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge - part of the Austin Hike and Bike Trail going over Lady Bird Lake just east of S. Lamar Blvd. near downtown Austin
Intersection of S. Lamar Blvd and W. Riverside Drive
78704 Austin , TX
United States
Texas US