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February 2023 Night Sky

The much talked about Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) came closest to Earth on February 1st and is still very close for the next few days, though it will become harder to see as the moon gets fuller. Speaking of the Moon, it is full early this month on February 5th and the new moon is

Observing Omega Centauri by John Raymond

Introduction  What is Omega Centauri? It is a globular cluster located in the southern constellation Centaurus. It is the brightest globular , but not easy to see in Virginia due to its low elevation. With proper timing Omega can be viewed given good transparency. Observation  This morning the skies were finally clear again. It was

NOVAC Public Meeting – 2/5/23, 7:30pm EST

Join NOVAC as we welcome Dr. Brian Williams from the Goddard Space Flight Center.     Brian will be discussing supernova, the cataclysmic explosions of stars, and help us understand why they occur and what the structures and remnants can tell us about our cosmos. 

Take a trip to the Birr Castle in Ireland!

Travel to the midlands of Ireland with Elizabeth and Marcel Assink and pay a visit to the Birr Castle, home of the largest telescope of its time!  Thanks for sharing with NOVAC!

January 2023 Night Sky

Happy New Year! January promises more early sunsets and long, dark nights and with the holidays being over, perhaps slightly less light pollution (not something Scrooge was concerned about, except perhaps the cost of candles)! Being the coldest month of the year, we can also perhaps look forward to great viewing conditions with low moisture