The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Most of the activity is seen in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet Halley, which[...]
This meeting is moved to a week earlier to avoid Mothers Day. Our meetings on the second Sunday of the Month. The events are normally held evening at 7:00 pm in Research Hall Room 163 on the campus of George Mason University. Our web page, http://www.novac.com/meetings/, has directions and additional details. We look forward to seeing you[...]
Most forecasts predict cloudy skies with a 10 to 20 percent likelihood of light rain or drizzle. Conditions won’t be suitable for astronomy. Even though the Clear Sky Chart currently predicts only 10% cloud cover <http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/CrckttPrkVAkey.html>, most of the other weather-guessers say that the evening will be cloudy with a significant chance of precipitation <https://weather.com/weather/hourbyhour/l/22728:4:US>[...]
Saturn rules the summer sky, but on this night, the ringed planet truly takes center stage. When it reaches opposition, Saturn will be bright and fully illuminated by the Sun. You may even notice that its rings look brighter than usual thanks to a phenomenon known as the Seeliger Effect. Take it all in! Saturn’s[...]
Cloudy skies and a 10-20% chance of precipitation this evening means that the Crockett Park Public Night is again canceled. Although the Clear Sky Chart predicts only 10% cloud cover at 21:00 local time, most forecasts  show mostly cloudy skies with a significant chance of precipitation through this evening. Transparency prediction ranges from POOR[...]
In the northern hemisphere, the longest day of the year when the Sun is farthest north. The summer solstice marks the first day of the season of summer. In the southern hemisphere, this is your winter solstice, marking the shortest day of the year. The declination of the Sun on the (northern) summer solstice is[...]
The public night at Great Meadow scheduled for Friday June 23 is cancelled due to the cloudy forecast. Ray Young Great Meadow site coordinator See front page of NOVAC Site for changes to event. More information about Great Meadow including directions and parking visit the Great Meadow Site page.
Don’t miss out on this, make some travel plans! A total eclipse of the sun will runs smack through the middle of the USA on August 21, 2017. Plan a car trip, bus ride, or plane trip to the narrow strip of Earth stretching from Salem, OR through to Nashville, TN in which the sun[...]
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[...]
The Delta Aquarids is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht. The Delta Aquarids is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris[...]
Forecast of heavy rains force cancellation of the public night at Great Meadow. We’ll try again in August. Ray Young ————- Great Meadow site coordinatorSee front page of NOVAC Site for changes to event. More information about Great Meadow including directions and parking visit the Great Meadow Site page.