Cancelled – Monthly Meeting, Elections, and Equipment “Show and Tell” @ George Mason University
Dec 9 @ 12:00 am – 2:00 am

This meeting is cancelled due to weather – Elections will be held in January and “Show and Tell” will be booked for another time in the future.


NOVAC Members,


Our next meeting will be Sunday Evening, December 8, 7:00 pm with an equipment “show and tell” event with NOVAC members bringing their astronomy equipment for others to see.  You will be able to talk with the equipment owners about how and why they use what they have for observing.  We will meet in Room 163,  Research Hall, George Mason University. Check the web page,, if you need directions and details.


We are looking for members to bring their equipment like last year.  Email (and the list for that matter) to let us know what you are planning on bringing.


Also, bring along whatever you use to power your equipment (unless it is your automobile!) so that attendees can see the creative ways folks get power to their scopes and mounts and accessories.


If you are setting up equipment to show, please try to arrive between 6:15 and 6:45 to setup your things.


We will also have light refreshments in the spirit of making this a social event to honor all of our volunteers that served NOVAC so well during the past year.


We will elect officers for 2014 at our December NOVAC Meeting.  Candidate nominations have been received for each position.  If you wish to run for one of the officer or trustee positions, please self-nominate by emailing your desire to do so at this email address:


We look forward to you coming to attend this fun NOVAC meeting!





NOVAC Public Meeting @ George Mason University, Exploratory Hall, Room 3301 or Google Meet
Oct 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Learn about the formation of supermassive black holes and what exciting new discoveries await us from the James Webb Telescope.  Join NOVAC and one of the leading astrophysists in this field of study, Dr. Jenny Greene, Professor of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University.

When: 10/9/22, 7:30pm EDT

Where:  Dr. Greene will present virtually.  Those interested may meet at George Mason University, Exploratory Hall, Room 3301 (arrive as early at 6:30pm).

For those wishing to join virtually here is the link:

NOVAC General Meeting
Sunday, October 9 · 7:30 – 9:00pm

Google Meet joining info

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 484-430-1468‬ PIN: ‪486 839 001‬#
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Talk Title: The birth of supermassive black holes

Abstract: Supermassive black holes are ubiquitous at the centers of massive galaxies in the universe today, but we have no idea when or how these monsters are first formed. For the first time we have the chance to catch them as babies or adolescents just hundreds of millions of years after the Big Bang, thanks to the remarkable performance of the James Webb Space Telescope. I will discuss prospects for first results in this area in the coming year.

Jenny Greene is a Professor of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, where she has been chasing intermediate-mass black holes for more than a decade. She is also the faculty director of the Prison Teaching Initiative.