NOVAC hit a milestone last month, and has grown to a community of more than 1,000 members of all level (novice to expert) who share diverse interests in astronomy! Our members, old and new, beginner and experienced, continue support each other's shared interests and take advantage of NOVAC's: Access to dark sky sites for observing [...]
Sunday, October 11; 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Location: Online https://meet.google.com/uqm-ppvw-gzd Speaker: Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer, American Astronomical Society Title: The American Astronomical Society: History, Purpose and Future Kevin will present a brief history of the American Astronomical Society, how it began, how it has grown and what it is doing today. He’ll share opportunities [...]
Public nights at Great Meadow are on hold due to the pandemic. We look forward to holding these events again when everyone's safety can be assured!
Join NOVAC on September 13 at 7:30pm for our September meeting Location: Online https://meet.google.com/gzt-iwnx-cpx Speaker: Dr. Marian Baker Title: Studying wind on Mars (from Earth): a story of exploration, adaptation, and unexpected discoveries Images returned by Mariner 9, the first spacecraft to orbit Mars in the 1970s, revealed a dry and dusty planet that had been subjected [...]
Join NOVAC at 7:30pm on Sunday, August 9 for our monthly meeting which will be held online. Location: Online https://meet.google.com/qhc-acci-ceu Speaker: Dr. Joe Pesce Title: Radio Astronomy: The "Longest" View In this talk we will explore the field of Radio Astronomy, with a discussion of what it is, how radio observations are made, and what they [...]
Join NOVAC at 7:30pm on Sunday, July 12 for our monthly meeting which will be held online. Location: Online https://meet.google.com/qns-wmyk-tbo Speaker: Dr. Dennis Reuter Using spaceborne systems to carry out observations of atmospheric and surface properties of the objects in our solar system (including the Earth) provides a wealth of information about the processes that are [...]
Join us at 8:00pm online at https://meet.google.com/sio-kjec-kzi An overview of the Perseverance Rover’s mission objectives and lifecycle from inception to operation will be presented followed by a discussion of a summer engineering intern’s firsthand experience working with the Perseverance Rover’s team. The presentation will be hosted by Evan Kramer, a spring 2020 graduate from the University [...]
Join NOVAC at 7:30 on June 14 for our monthly meeting, which will be held online: Location: Online https://meet.google.com/bpz-ugtk-yqu Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Wiseman This year, we are celebrating Hubble’s 30th anniversary! Five astronaut servicing missions and phenomenal teams of experts on the ground have kept this facility at the frontier of cosmic discoveries. In honor of [...]
Today the CDC updated their guidance to recommend that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. To comply with this recommendation, NOVAC will take the following actions to modify our plans through May 10, 2020: We [...]
In accordance with CDC recommendations, NOVAC is cancelling in-person events through May 10, 2020. We will make every attempt to reschedule Astronomy Day later in the year so we can enjoy the wisdom of our speakers and the beautiful observing the the field at C.M. Crockett Park affords us.