Public Meeting 12/10/23, 7:30 EST
The Vera C. Rubin Observatory

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Public Meeting 11/12/23 7:30 pm EST
Gravitational Waves
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NOVAC Public Meeting, 12/10/23, 7:30pm EST

Join NOVAC as we welcome Dr. Sandrine Thomas, Project Scientist and Deputy Director for Rubin Observatory Construction.  Dr. Thomas will be updating us on the development and construction progress of the Rubin Observatory and share the anticipation of grand, new discoveries that will be coming soon.  The Rubin Observatory, an idea which began in the

2024 Astro-calendar available!

Meet NOVAC member Lisa Paradis who created an astro-calendar inspired both by the beauty of our universe and her new-found hobby!  One night using her Celestron 8HD, she tried to capture what she was seeing with her cell phone and was amazed at how much more could be seen. That started her adventures in astrophotography.

NOVAC Public Meeting, 11/12/23, 7:30pm EST

Join NOVAC as we welcome Dr. Ann Zabludoff from the University of Arizona.   Dr. Zabludoff will be speaking on the sources of gravitational waves and describe how professional and amateur astronomers can work together to make new discoveries in this emerging field.   Here’s your chance to get involved!

Star Gaze 2023 – A Success!

Finally!   A clear and cool evening prevailed on 7 Oct 23 just in time for NOVAC’s Star Gaze event at C.M. Crockett Park, Midland, VA.  Read Carlie Kenny’s excellent accounting of the night’s events. Saturday October 7th, we held our fall annual event, “Star Gaze” at CM Crockett Park, the largest lakeside park in Fauquier County

October 2023 Night Sky

The big news this month is something you can appreciate during daylight hours – a partial eclipse of the Sun which takes place on Saturday, October 14th. The eclipse starts at 11:44 am. See here for more details on timing and what you can expect to see in Virginia: Eclipse Timing A nice place to