Oct 11 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
This is an added public night since Star Gaze was cancelled. Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details and check NOVAC front page for day of event for updates in case of cancellations.
C.M. Crockett Public Night and Leonids Meteor Shower @ C.M. Crockett Park
Nov 14 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Feb 6 @ 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
The weather forecasts indicate mostly cloudy sky conditions until after 23:00 local. To not disappoint the public or annoy volunteers, tonight’s public night is cancelled. Hope for clear skies in the coming months. ~ Tree Greenwood Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details.
Cancelled – C.M. Crockett Public Night and Messier Marathon @ C.M. Crockett Park
Mar 12 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Unfortunately tonight’s public night is canceled, the third cancelled Crockett Public Night in a row. The astronomy forecast predicts 70 percent or more cloud cover and the local forecast is cloudy with a 20% chance of showers or drizzle. Not acceptable conditions; nobody wants precipitation on lenses, mirrors or electronics. Hoping for clear skies next[...]
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
National Weather Service issued a wind advisory predicting “WINDS… NORTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH” until 22:00 (10 PM) EDT. Combined with forecasts of bad seeing and frigid wind chills, tonight won’t be suitable for observing with the public. Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details.
Canceled – C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park
Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Just to make it official. Clear Sky Chart says there might be a slight break in the overcast around 21:00 but otherwide overcast. The local forecast is mostly cloudy with a 20 to 30 percent chance of measurable precipitation this evening. Although I haven’t checked this morning, the field is likely soggy, too. Not a[...]
Feb 25 @ 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Strong, gusty winds will make conditions unsuitable for astronomy with portable equipment this evening according to the weather forecasts. We don’t want to disappoint the public with shaky views where they will see little if anything of interest. Weather forecasts agree that thunderstorms will be gone and the skies clear by or shortly after sundown.[...]
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Most forecasts predict cloudy skies with a 10 to 20 percent likelihood of light rain or drizzle. Conditions won’t be suitable for astronomy. Even though the Clear Sky Chart currently predicts only 10% cloud cover <http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/CrckttPrkVAkey.html>, most of the other weather-guessers say that the evening will be cloudy with a significant chance of precipitation <https://weather.com/weather/hourbyhour/l/22728:4:US>[...]
Jun 17 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Cloudy skies and a 10-20% chance of precipitation this evening means that the Crockett Park Public Night is again canceled. Although the Clear Sky Chart predicts only 10% cloud cover at 21:00 local time, most forecasts  show mostly cloudy skies with a significant chance of precipitation through this evening. Transparency prediction ranges from POOR[...]
Jul 22 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Weather forecasts force cancellation of our Public Night again. The Clear Sky chart predicts transparency and seeing mostly as “Too cloudy to forecast”. As of 11:00 local time, all the other forecasts  predict mostly cloudy to overcast skies with a 15 to 50 percent chance of a thunderstorm or rain. Conditions won’t be suitable[...]
Nov 18 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The public night scheduled for 18 November is canceled. Although the Clear Sky Chart currently says only 50% of the sky will be covered by clouds, all of the other forecasts predict “cloudy” or “mostly cloudy” with a chance of precipitation. DC television weather-guessers all agree it will be mostly cloudy tomorrow evening with differing[...]
Feb 17 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
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 Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details.
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