To all those with rooms reserved at the Parkway Plaza Hotel for AstroCon2017:

Your hotel room(s) is still reserved, or in other words, none of you have lost your room(s).

Because of a reservation system change, some of the hotel’s reservation information is incomplete and the hotel needs everyone to contact them by May 1st to pay for the entire reservation.  For most attendees staying 6-7 nights, this will be $600-$700 plus taxes.  The minimum stay is 4 nights for $400 plus taxes.

Please call the hotel at 1-307-235-1777, Option 0 for reservations, and give them your credit/debit card number to pay for your room(s).  Please identify that you are in the ASTROCON block of rooms.

 We were aware of the May 1stdeadline as part of a contract with a new owner/manager of the Parkway a few months ago.  Our mistake was not informing all of you about this sooner and we are very sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

 We also want to make sure that we have a correct telephone number for everyone, as a representative of the hotel owner wants to reach out in an effort to confirm everyone’s reservation.

 If you have concerns after contacting the Parkway Plaza Hotel, please contact ASTROCON ASAP.  We look forward to meeting all registered guests at ASTROCON!




In regards to room reservations for Astrocon 2017, the full non-refundable payment for the entire stay are due on or before May 1st, 2017

All Astrocon attendees staying at the Parkway were emailed a notice regarding this policy on 4/21.  The Parkway personnel are assuming that each guest has reserved lodging for a minimum of 4 nights.

This directive comes from the owners/managers of the hotel and NOT the ASTROCON committee.

A Total Eclipse of the Sun

A total eclipse of the Sun has to be one of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring events of the natural world.  We see dozens of pictures of these eclipses in the news and on the web, but for those who witness a total eclipse, it is – AN EXPERIENCE.  You can feel the shadow approaching. The wildlife becomes quiet.  The temperature drops.  The light becomes ghostly and strange.  Then an eerie darkness engulfs you.  You feel awe and anxiety all at the same time.  You literally feel the shadow.  You are living the experience of a total solar eclipse. 

To help celebrate the total eclipse of the sun on Monday, August 21st, 2017, the Astronomica League will hold its annual national convention in the days leading up to the event.  Casper Wyoming will host the conference as the eclipse path goes right through the city.  

The Astronomical League was organized on November 15, 1946 under the leadership of Dr. Harlow Shapley.  At present, the Astronomical League is a federation of 280+ astronomical societies throughout the United States and several foreign countries.  It is one of the largest general astronomical organizations in the world. 

National Conventions take place yearly in various locations throughout the country over a four-day period starting on Wednesday and ending with an awards banquet on Saturday. There are lectures/presentations and workshops scheduled mornings and afternoons each day, astronomy related tours of nearby facilities, and a vendor area.  These conventions provide a unique opportunity for professional astronomers to intermingle with knowledgeable amateurs; gathering together to learn from each other and exchange ideas.

ASTROCON 2017 (Astronomical Convention) will be held at the Parkway Plaza Hotel Convention Centre in Casper, Wyoming, Wednesday, August 16th through Saturday, August 19th, 2017.  In addition to the lectures/presentations and workshops, are social events: the Star-B-Q and Gala Awards Banquet including a special keynote speaker.  Well-known vendors will also be on hand to display a multitude of astronomical products and provide expert advice. 

The public will be invited to visit the vendor displays the full length of the convention.  Vendor representatives and other astronomy enthusiasts will be available to answer questions on many astronomical topics, especially how to best experience a total eclipse of the sun.

Lowell Lyon, ASTROCON 2017 Chair
Astronomical League Website,
ASTROCON 2017 Website,
National Convention of the Astronomical League - August 16-19, 2017 - Casper, Wyoming 
ASTROCON 2017, P.O. Box 901631, Sandy, UT  84090-1631