Please Note: Watch for event cancellations made in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in the period of this spring’s Public Health Emergency. COVID-19 is a serious disease and it is only prudent, if disappointing, for some events to be called off. For more information on this public health issue, visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website.
In the mean time, stay healthy and work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others.
CAA Public Star Parties:
For Public Star Party information and directions to our observing site, please see the following section: CAA Observatory
Here are the 2020 convention dates for regional conventions and star parties:
These events are generally intended for members of regional astronomy clubs and not the general public.
CANCELED/POSTPONED — Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society (CVAS): Saturday, June 13, 2020 — OTAA Convention — Observing and socializing ’til 4:00 AM. EVENT MAY BE RESCHEDULED FOR AUTUMN 2020.
CANCELED — Green Bank Starquest XV: Wednesday – Saturday, June 17 – 20, 2020 — Green Bank Starquest — We have amazingly dark skies, first-rate facilities, and as a bonus, you get the opportunity to learn about radio astronomy, from the Green Bank Observatory staff.
CANCELED — Cherry Springs Star Party: Thursday – Sunday, June 18 – 21, 2020 — Presented by the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg, Penn., Inc. — The Cherry Springs Star Party has been running since 2005 at the Cherry Springs State Park, featuring excellently dark skies and expert astronomical companionship!
Scenic Vista Stargaze: Saturday, August 15, 2020 — Mahoning Valley Observatory — Meeting of the Ohio Turnpike Association Astronomy (OTAA) Clubs. Public is welcome to attend.
Astroblast: Friday – Monday, August 18 – 23, 2020. — NOTE: These dates are tentative; a decision on whether to go ahead with the event will be made in late may or early June. Presented by the Oil Region Astronomical Society (ORAS), this is a regional gathering of amateur astronomers and anyone interested in astronomy! Lectures, information, educational sessions, on-site camping, and dark sky observing are all a part of our annual star party.
Black Forest Star Party: Friday – Sunday, September 18 – 20, 2020 — The Black Forest Star Party (BFSP) is an annual dark-sky amateur astronomy observing event hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Observers (CPO). Held every year since 1999, the BFSP generally spans a weekend in the late summer or early fall in Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County, Pennsylvania.
Hidden Hollow Star Party: Friday – Sunday, September 18 – 20, 2020. — At the Warren Rupp Observatory in the Mansfield area; presented by the Richland Astronomical Society under dark skies, offering spacious campgrounds, bunkhouses, restrooms, speakers, vendors, raffles, and a really big telescope (“Big Blue” – a 36-inch reflector!)
Cuyahoga Astronomical Association’s OTAA Convention/Star Party: Saturday, September 19, 2020 — featuring an evening astronomy presentation, potluck dinner, and late-night observing in a Medina County park setting. Park improvements include enclosed, air conditioned meeting room with modern restroom, and a paved parking lot with convenient access to grassy observing area. Indoor programming will go on, “rain or shine,” with only the star party affected by cloudy skies or inclement weather. The event starts around 2 p.m. We plan to eat between 5 and 6 p.m., followed by a drawing for raffle prizes, and an opportunity for observing later during the evening. The CAA will provide the meat for the picnic: brats, sausages, and hot dogs. We will also provide paper plates, cups, plasticware, condiments, and “fixins.” Since this is a pot-luck event, please bring your favorite food or a dessert to share. A refrigerator will be available. Bring your own soft drinks if you wish. Location information here.
Apollo Rendezvous: — Miami Valley Astronomical Society
Black River Astronomical Society OTAA Star Party: — Black River Astronomical Society. Birmingham United Methodist Church Hall; 15018 South Street; Birmingham, Ohio 44816
Scope Out: — An telescope/astronomy fair hosted by the Cincinnati Observatory. The main event is Saturday night: Join the members of the Cincinnati Observatory as they celebrate the telescope. Dozens of astronomers will set up their telescopes and share their knowledge, passion, expertise between 6 – 8 PM. Then as darkness falls, from 8 – 10 PM they will share views through their own telescopes (weather permitting). Plus the massive Cincinnati Observatory telescopes will be in operation to view the planets up close. There will also have activities for students of all ages, meteorites on display, and new and used telescopes for sale.