Astronomers often spend their time lost among the stars, but astronomy and stargazing are also communal affairs. You might be interested in tackling the Messier Marathon, building your own telescope, or joining the world of scientific discovery. Whatever your interest, you’ll benefit from the mentorship of old pros, and you might even be able to help out a newbie!

Canyonlands Star Party
Star party at the Canyonlands National Park in Utah, now an International Dark Sky Park.
NPS / Chris Wonderly

We invite you to explore the many ways you can become more involved in the astronomy community. From clubs and star parties to public outreach and pro-am collaboration, here’s where you'll find a way to get involved. Don't be a stranger — dive into the links below and find your astro-family.

Astronomy Clubs & Organizations

Find local groups dedicated to the hobby of stargazing:

For club leaders:

Sky & Telescope's Astronomy Events Calendar

If there's a gathering or event to explore the subject of stars or space, chances are we have it listed here.

Looking through a telescope at a star party
Observer at Grand Canyon Star Party
National Park Service / Michael Quinn

Get Involved!

Save Dark Skies

See how you can help minimize light pollution and keep our night skies dark for generations to come.

Pro-Am Collaboration

Find out how amateur astronomers are contributing to, and making an impact in, the field of astronomy.

Citizen Science Projects

No telescope? No worries! Choose a citizen science project from this list to see beautiful images of lunar craters and distant galaxies — and start making scientific discoveries with just your desktop computer.