Astronomy-Amercan Star Parties & Villages
Raw file: starparties-villages.csv (10.41 KB)
Includes 166 locations in the following areas:
- United States: AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV
- Canada: AB, BC, NB, NS, ON, SK
- some may be in: DE, MS, SC, WY (near a border)
6 location(s) outside USA/Canada
A collection of several hundred of the older/larger/more famous astronomical Star Parties, astronomy villages, and a few conventions (though many of those move annually) that exist in the US, Canada, and a couple elsewhere in the western hemisphere. By no means complete (and may change annually), this POI serves to help party-goers find a party they've registered for, or may guide the user to dark sites (since most are also great dark-sky sites), and most descriptions per site give enough info to google for a complete description of the relevant star party for possible attendance.
I tried to verify actual observing fields using topographic mapping software, and not just generic lat/longs for some park... this was 93% effective... I cross-correlated these with actual party websites, or contacted coordinators. Then I cross-checked in Google Earth. I did this for every site to improve accuracy. Note that some parties are at private sites and require registration (and maybe a fee), while others are open. Please email me with corrections, updates and additions and I will try to keep it useful....