This stunning image of the Horsehead Nebula was captured by NOVAC member Jeff McFarlin. Jeff writes: The Horsehead Nebula (also known as Barnard 33) is a small dark nebula in the constellation Orion, and is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. The Horsehead Nebula is approximately 422 parsecs or 1,375 light-years [...]
The Mysterious Great Dimming of Betelgeuse Dr. Andrea Dupree, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian Sunday, March 14, 2021 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST Online event http://meet.google.com/aoj-rfxn-oqd Monthly Meeting - Public Invited Abstract: The bright cool supergiant Betelgeuse became historically faint a little over one year ago in early February 2020. Various explanations have been [...]
Finding Light in the Dark Linda Thomas-Fowler Sunday, February 14, 2021 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST Online event https://meet.google.com/aoj-rfxn-oqd Monthly Meeting - Public Invited Linda will present an overview of her journey in astrophotography including the obstacles encountered and how they were overcome. She talks about her motivation for doing imaging, the learning curve and the [...]
Association of Lunar & Planetary Observers Shawn Dilles & Carl Hergenrother Sunday, December 13, 2020 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST Online event https://meet.google.com/xtw-gjjx-udg Monthly Meeting - Public Invited The Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO) is an international organization devoted to study the Sun, Moon, planets, asteroids, meteors, and comets. The ALOP’s goals are [...]
Join NOVAC for Astronomy Day at C. M. Crockett Park on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Astronomy Day is a world-wide event to promote and share amateur astronomy. Come out at 3 pm to observe the Sun! Stay after nightfall to see double stars and deep sky objects! Enjoy wonderful views of the sky. The program [...]
Tom Finkenbinder provided this information to go along the feature image and the Skynet and multi-messenger Astronomy slide presentation: Shortly before the presentation I made at AHSP 2018 at Spruce Knob last Fall, I asked for ideas from the Skynet team at UNC about the radio astronomy features they added to the network with the [...]
Here's a great presentation that our member Dan Ward has updated for the upcoming lunar eclipse.
Join the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club for Star Gaze at C.M. Crockett Park on October 6, 2018 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. [...]
Getting a jump on this coming years Star Party planning? Well I have updated the regional star parties list as best I can based on updated links and what information certain clubs had available at the time. The page still needs to have some formatting updated but the dates are updates as of 9/19/2018.