Richmond Astronomical Society

2017 Star Parties

Dec 17th, 2016 | By | Category: Blog

Lots of star party opportunities in the mid-Atlantic region.  Below are the ones for which we have information.  If you would like another event to be listed, please send a note to president@richastro.org.

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Staunton River Star Party – Spring Installment, March 22-26, Staunton River State Park: More information at http://www.chaosastro.com/starparty/.  For those that have not attended this party it is distinguished by being held at the newest International Dark Sky Park in the eastern US.  Staunton River State Park has been incredibly supportive of the party and dark sky preservation in the area.  Plus they are just real plain nice to us!  If you can make it to this star party, it’s worth your time and a great experience to observe the sky with other astronomy enthusiasts in a beautiful setting under a dark sky.

Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF), April 8-9, Suffern, NY, Rockland Community College:  Premier astronomy and space expo.  Information at http://www.rocklandastronomy.com.

Delmarva Stargaze XXII, April 27-30, Trap Pond State Park, near Laurel, Delaware:  Hosted by the Delmarva Stargazers.  Information at http://www.delmarvastargazers.org.

East Coast Star Party, Coinjock, NC, May 18-20:  Fun and casual observing in a dark North Carolina sky with the friendliest astronomers anywhere.  The location is the Hampton Lodge Campground which offers casual stargazing in a coastal environment.  Pre-registration is not required.  Fees are $20 for star party registration, $20 per night camping fee (additional fee for R/V sites).  Contact Kent Blackwell for information at kent@exis.net.

NASA Langley Open House, Hampton, Virginia, October 21:  Outstanding opportunity to tour NASA Langley Research Center.  More information at https://www.nasa.gov/langley/education/visit.

Virginia Association of Astronomical Societies, October 21:    Information to be posted as it becomes available here.  This year’s gathering will be hosted by the Back Bay Amateur Astronomers.

Cherry Springs Star Party, June 22-25, Cherry Springs State Park, near Coudersport, PA:  Hosted by the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg, PA.  More information at: http://www.astrohbg.org/CSSP/.

Green Bank Star Quest, June 19-22, Green Bank, WV:  The Green Bank Star Quest is a star party where there is a lot to do and see even if cloudy weather limits observing.  The event is held at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory facility in Green Bank, WV.  More information at http://www.greenbankstarquest.org/ and on their Facebook page.

The 2nd York County Star Party (YCSP), May 24-28+ (or longer depending on weather).  THANKS to all that helped make last year’s party a great success!  The York County Star Party (YCSP), sponsored by SkyShedPodPA, will be at Shreveport Airport North, York County, PA, at a private airport about 90 minutes from Philly and D. C. Facilities include flush toilets, hot showers, raffle, speakers, and a food vendor, with flat, hard-packed turf 2000-foot-long taxiway for camping. All events (except evening viewing) will take place rain or shine! The York County Star Party (YCSP) is an annual dark-sky amateur astronomy observing event. Go to http://yorkcountystarparty.org/  for complete current info and updates.

AstroCon, August 16-19, Casper, Wyoming:  To help celebrate the total eclipse of the sun on Monday, August 21st, 2017, the Astronomical League will hold its annual national convention in the days leading up to the event.  Casper Wyoming will host the conference as the eclipse path goes right through the city.  Information on location and registration will be in the Reflector magazine, which you should receive if you are member of RAS since your membership in RAS automatically covers membership in the Astronomical League.  Also see the Astronomical League’s web site at https://www.astroleague.org and at https://alcon2016.astroleague.org for additional information.

Almost Heaven Star Party, July 21-15, Spruce Knob, WV:  Hosted by the Mountain Institute at a high altitude dark site.  Information at http://www.ahsp.org.

East Coast Star Party, Coinjock, NC – Fall Installment, (date to be announced):  Kent Blackwell is kindly hosting his East Coast Star Party again this Fall at the Hampton Lodge Campground which offers casual stargazing in a coastal environment. Portable restrooms conveniently located near observing area.  Showers and country store located on the campground site. Pre-registration is not required.  Fees are $20 for star party registration, $20 per night camping fee (additional fee for R/V sites).  Contact Kent for more information at Kent@exis.net.

Bays Mountain Starfest, [date to be announced], Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium, Kingsport, TN:  The event is a non-profit, multi-day, astronomical convention hosted by the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club and Bays Mountain Planetarium filled with all sorts of astronomical treats! The event is going to be great as usual with fantastic speakers, food, and friends.  More information at this link: http://www.baysmountain.com/astronomy/astronomy-club/?GTTabs=4

Staunton River Star Party – Fall Installment, October 16-22, Staunton River State Park:  The October installment of the Staunton River Star Party.  For those that have not attended, this is an excellent star party with dark skies, convenient amenities and a state park staff that is very welcoming to astronomers and second to none in their dedication to making this a successful event.  More info is at  http://www.chaosastro.com/starparty/.

 

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