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September Meeting – Studying Wind on Mars (from Earth)

By | 2020-08-23T08:16:04-04:00 August 23rd, 2020|Home, Meetings|

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 [...]

August NOVAC Meeting – Radio Astronomy: The “Longest” View

By | 2020-08-01T10:00:17-04:00 August 1st, 2020|Home, Meetings|

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 [...]

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 [...]