• - Visitors to Kitt Peak Observatory near Tucson can picnic under the stars between peeks through 16-inch telescopes. www.noao.edu
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  • - On the Caribbean island of Nevis, naturalist Jim Johnson leads nightly star-watching tours, complete with a campfire on the beach, rum punch, and marshmallows. (869) 469-9080
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  • - Gaze through the Adler Planetarium’s telescopes in Chicago on Far Out Fridays, held the first Friday night of every month. www.adlerplanetarium.org
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  • - At Alaska’s Denali National Park & Preserve, where it’s a tradition to howl at the northern lights, guests at the McKinley Chalet Resort can request a wake-up call whenever the skies flare. www.denaliparkresorts.com
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  • - The McDonald Observatory in Texas’s Big Bend region throws star parties on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays with their 16-inch and 22-inch telescopes. www.mcdonaldobservatory.org
     
  • - Make reservations for the astronomer-led nightly stargazing tours atop the roof at the Hyatt Regency Maui to scope planets and constellations. A nightcap of Milky Way candy bars and Starburst Fruit Chew candies sweetens the deal. (808) 661-1234. www.maui.hyatt.com
     
  • - Plan now for the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association’s annual Grand Canyon Star Party next June. Bring your own telescope or check out others’ at the weeklong celestial fete. www.tucsonastronomy.org —E.G.