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2017: Your space odyssey in Western New York

Did the solar eclipse leave you dazzled? Are you interested in learning what else is in the stars?

Fall is full of events of interest to stargazers.

The Buffalo Astronomical Association lists events on its website. The group also works closely with virtually all the astronomy-oriented organizations in town.

Oct. 7, 8 p.m.: Public Observing Night, Beaver Meadow Observatory. BAA members will be on hand to take you on a personal tour of the night sky. 1610 Welch Road, Java Center. (585) 457-3228.

Oct. 14, 7 p.m.: Wilson Star Search. Steve Smith of the Buffalo Astronomical Association leads a telescopic tour of our solar system, weather permitting. Krueger Park, Wilson.

Penn Dixie Nature Reserve has intermittent star-gazing events open to all. 4050 North St., Blasdell, 627-4560.

Sept. 23, 6:45-9:45 p.m: Telescopes will be set up to observe a thin crescent moon and Saturn.

Oct. 7, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Earth Science Day Stargazing focuses on Jupiter and Saturn, visible on this moonless night, as well as fall constellations including Aquarius and Pisces. Admission is free and no registration is needed.

The planetarium at Williamsville North High School holds regular events for adults and for kids, including monthly "sky tours" of what can be seen in Western New York. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 and it is asked that you pre-register on

Sept. 27: Back-To-School Kids' night.

Oct. 3: October Sky and Chasing the Ghost Particle.

Oct. 10: Astronomy class, "Volcanoes of the Solar System."

Oct. 27: Halloween laser show.

Nov. 1: November Sky and Ringworld.

Dec. 6: December Sky and Planet 9.

Buffalo State College's Whitworth-Ferguson Planetarium holds Saturday evening events, with the current programs being a program for families at 6:30 p.m. followed by another for adults at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for kids under 18. Buffalo State College students have free admission. Reservations are recommended. Call 878-4911.

The Buffalo Museum of Science's new interactive exhibit, "Buffalo in Space," acquaints you with the heavens from a Buffalo perspective. 1020 Humboldt Parkway, 896-5200.


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