The public night scheduled for 18 November is canceled. Although the Clear Sky Chart currently says only 50% of the sky will be covered by clouds, all of the other forecasts predict "cloudy" or "mostly cloudy" with a chance of precipitation. DC television weather-guessers all agree it will be mostly cloudy tomorrow evening with differing [...]
Join the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club for Star Gaze at C.M. Crockett Park on October 21, 2017 from 3 pm to 11 pm! You don’t need any astronomy experience or equipment at all to enjoy Star Gaze. Enjoy the wonderful views of the landscape and night sky from one of our local dark sky sites. [...]
Weather forecasts force cancellation of our Public Night again. The Clear Sky chart predicts transparency and seeing mostly as "Too cloudy to forecast". As of 11:00 local time, all the other forecasts  predict mostly cloudy to overcast skies with a 15 to 50 percent chance of a thunderstorm or rain. Conditions won't be suitable [...]
Strong, gusty winds will make conditions unsuitable for astronomy with portable equipment this evening according to the weather forecasts. We don't want to disappoint the public with shaky views where they will see little if anything of interest. Weather forecasts agree that thunderstorms will be gone and the skies clear by or shortly after sundown. [...]
The public events for Crockett and Great Meadow are cancelled due to bad weather projected for this evening! Sorry and see you all next month.
Unfortunately tonight's public night is canceled, the third cancelled Crockett Public Night in a row. The astronomy forecast predicts 70 percent or more cloud cover and the local forecast is cloudy with a 20% chance of showers or drizzle. Not acceptable conditions; nobody wants precipitation on lenses, mirrors or electronics. Hoping for clear skies next [...]
Here is a link to the resource page that NOVAC has been recording info on over the years. This years event is scheduled for March 12 2016 at Crockett Park. Check the calendar and the front page for any updates to the event. http://www.novac.com/wp/observing/messier-marathon/
The weather forecasts indicate mostly cloudy sky conditions until after 23:00 local. To not disappoint the public or annoy volunteers, tonight's public night is cancelled. Hope for clear skies in the coming months. ~ Tree Greenwood
We have two great Public Nights schedules tomorrow, one at CM Crockett Park and another at Sky Meadows State Park. Check the calendar on the left and the website for any updates that may occur. The weather is predicted to be nice so see you on the field!
With the cancellation of Star Gaze this past weekend we have added an additional Public Night for this coming Sunday evening 6:30pm to 11:00pm at Crockett Park. Special thanks goes out to the club members that are making this happen!