All of the weather forecasts agree that Saturday evening will be cloudy. They disagree only on how early rain will begin. Not suitable conditions for observing the night sky so tomorrow’s public night is canceled. Clear skies for the future, R J ‘Tree’ Greenwood Site Coordinator Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details.[...]
The date (near March 21 in the northern hemisphere) when night and day are nearly the same length and Sun crosses the celestial equator (i.e., declination 0) moving northward. In the southern hemisphere, the vernal equinox corresponds to the center of the Sun crossing the celestial equator moving southward and occurs on the date of[...]
Canton is the fellow who updates your astronomy calendar (full moons, equinoxes, etc.) from his laptop in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It’s his birthday today! The astronomy calendar is an effort of love and no reciprocity is needed or expected, but if you’d like to say thank you for his efforts, then please visit: https://cantonbecker.com/astronomy-calendar/credits.html
Forecasts aren’t good for today, so I’m cancelling the public night. Ray Young Great Meadow site coordinator ———– See front page of NOVAC Site for changes to event. More information about Great Meadow including directions and parking visit the Great Meadow Site page.
Although the Clear Sky Chart shows only 20 to 40% cloud cover, the ClearOutside site predicts over 80% of the sky obscured by clouds. WeatherUnderground says 39 to 70% and AccuWeather says ~90% cloud cover. Other paid weather-guessers predict partly or mostly cloudy and most give a five to fifteen percent chance of measurable precipitation.[...]
The Lyrids is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861. The shower runs annually from April 16-25. It peaks this year on the night of the night of the 22nd and[...]
This meeting is moved to a week earlier to avoid Mothers Day. Our meetings on the second Sunday of the Month. The events are normally held evening at 7:00 pm in Research Hall Room 163 on the campus of George Mason University. Our web page, http://www.novac.com/meetings/, has directions and additional details. We look forward to seeing you[...]
The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Most of the activity is seen in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet Halley, which[...]