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April 2018 is Global Astronomy Month!

Throughout the month of April members of the public will be joining with amateur clubs around the world in this global celebration of astronomy.   Our own organization, the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC) will host its Astronomy Day event on Saturday, April 21st at C.M. Crockett Park giving members of the public a rare [...]

By | 2018-03-30T09:23:33-04:00 March 30th, 2018|Home, News, Public Night|0 Comments

Cancelled C.M. Crockett Public Night

Cancelling the public night for C. M Crockett Park scheduled for tonight. This is a tough call. Weather forecasts don't agree as of 08:00. The Clear Sky Chart forecast says skies will clear to 20% coverage at 17:00 and then clear completely by 19:00. Forecasts by WeatherUnderground, Weather_Channel and Weather.com show clearing later with the [...]

By | 2018-03-25T11:29:11-04:00 March 17th, 2018|News, Public Night|0 Comments

Binocular Messier and the AL Observing Program

March is the time of the year when the Messier Marathon is possible.  This is also a great time to get started on your Binocular Messier observing program. A very useful resource (I would say essential) for observational astronomy is Sky and Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas.  It is available from many sources for less than [...]

By | 2018-03-12T18:48:58-04:00 March 12th, 2018|Home, News, Public Night, Website|0 Comments

Great Meadow Public Night Feb 18 – Cancelled

I'm cancelling public night. Great Meadow fields are soft already. The melting snow will make it worse. When using the dirt roads to access our site, remember to try not veer off, causing damage and widening of the roads. We are grateful to be guests at Great Meadow so please don't damage the facilities. I [...]

By | 2018-02-20T17:59:45-05:00 February 18th, 2018|News, Public Night|0 Comments

Great Meadow Public Night Feb 18 – TBD

There's a public night scheduled tomorrow, Feb 18, at Great Meadow. The weather forecast is pretty decent. However, the state of the field is not known. I will send out an email tomorrow as to whether the ground is too wet to hold the event. A group of special needs scouts who are taking the [...]

By | 2018-02-18T11:27:57-05:00 February 17th, 2018|News, Public Night|0 Comments

Cancelled – C.M. Crockett Public Night – 17 February

A nasty wintery mix of rain, sleet, freezing rain and/or snow tomorrow afternoon and evening isn't suitable for telescopes, astronomers or the general public. Hoping for Clear skies for future dates, Tree Greenwood Crockett Park Site Coordinator

By | 2018-02-17T20:32:23-05:00 February 16th, 2018|News, Public Night|0 Comments