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July 12 2020 at 7:30 – Remote Sensing and Spaceborn Planetary Observations

By | 2020-07-03T14:06:11-04:00 July 3rd, 2020|Home, Meetings|

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 [...]

The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover; A mission overview and an insider’s perspective

By | 2020-06-28T19:03:41-04:00 June 28th, 2020|Home, Meetings|

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 [...]

June 14, 2020 at 7:30 – The Hubble Space Telescope:  30 Years of Cosmic Discovery

By | 2020-06-10T08:47:35-04:00 June 10th, 2020|Home, Meetings|

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 [...]

In-Person Events Cancelled Through May 10, 2020

By | 2020-03-15T22:05:21-04:00 March 15th, 2020|Home, Meetings, News|

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 [...]

Cancelled – Astronomy Day! April 25, 2020

By | 2020-03-15T21:59:56-04:00 March 7th, 2020|Home, Star Party|

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.

The 37th Annual NOVAC Star Gaze: Saturday, October 5th

By | 2019-12-28T15:02:39-05:00 September 10th, 2019|Home, Public Night, Star Party|

Join the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club for Star Gaze at C.M. Crockett Park on October 5th, 2019 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. [...]

NOVAC Astronomy Day: Saturday, May 11

By | 2019-12-29T17:44:48-05:00 April 21st, 2019|News, Public Night|

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 [...]

M87 black hole

By | 2019-04-11T21:31:57-04:00 April 11th, 2019|AHSP, Home, News|

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 [...]