General Meetings

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Upcoming Meeting

Sunday, May 6; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: Research Hall, Room 163

Speaker: Denise Silva

Topic: Auroras!

If viewing and capturing auroras are on your bucket list, then this presentation is for you! Learn how auroras are created, learn why they come in different colors, and learn how to capture images of this amazing phenomenon, as well as how to prepare yourself and gear for extreme outdoor conditions.

Bio: Denise was the featured photographer in the July/August 2015 Photoshop User Magazine Who’s Who in the KelbyOne Community Article. Additionally, Denise was recognized as one of the Top 200 Women Photographers Who Inspire by Nature Photo Guides and has had multiple articles published in Extraordinary Vision (EV) Magazine.

Denise finds every aspect of photography rewarding. From in-camera composition to post-processing, photography is meditative, creative, and challenging. Her passion is to capture images, from landscapes to urban decay and to share her experiences and knowledge with fellow adventurers and photographers.
She looks forward to sharing her passion for adventure, travel, and photography with you. There is no better place to learn and develop your skills than in the field!

NOVAC’s general meetings are open to club members and the general public alike, and are held on the campus of George Mason University (directions) in Fairfax, Virginia. Research Hall is easily identified by the observatory attached to the side of the building. Paid parking is available in the Shenandoah parking structure. Some members have also chosen to park across the street in the far reaches of the Patriot Center’s parking lot, then walk up the path to Research Hall.

Meetings start at 7:00 PM, generally on the second Sunday of every month (with the exception of May, when we meet earlier or later to avoid a conflict with Mother’s Day). If you come earlier you can do a little socializing. The first part of the meeting is club business, during which the officers make reports about their activities and areas of responsibility. The next part of the meeting usually includes:

  • Show and Tell, where members share gadgets, books, techniques, etc.
  • The Observing Report, describing the astronomical events for the next month.
  • Q&A, where beginning astronomers are encouraged to ask questions to be answered by more experienced members.
  • The Sky Tour, describing what’s where in the sky for the next month.

The final part of the meeting is a program, usually by one of the members, but sometimes by “outside experts”. We’ve had presenters from all aspects of Astronomy.  Here is a listing of upcoming speakers, a listing of past speakers, their lecture topics, and copies of slideshow presentations and video coverage where available.

There’s a good deal of socializing before and after meetings, allowing members to put faces with the voices they’ve heard in the dark.

Whether you’re an longtime club member, a new or prospective club member, or simply an interested member of the public, you’ll be warmly welcomed at our meetings.

Please Join Us For Dinner!

Meeting attendees (and their guests) are invited to come out for our informal pre-meeting dinner.  The pre-meeting dinner will be held at Brion’s Grille located at 10621 Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032 at 5:30 p.m.  The pre-meeting dinner is an excellent way to meet club members, welcome newcomers, and renew old friendships.

If you’d like to join us, stop by the restaurant at 5:30 PM. See you there!

NOVAC Dinner

PARKING is available at the Shenandoah parking deck (enter via Sandy Creek Way) for $3/hr, up to a daily maximum of $14. Though the club recommends the use of the paid parking deck, we’ve also had members report success parking in Lot A (a permit-only lot also associated with the Patriot Center) without trouble on Sunday evenings (tickets are $85, however, so assess your own risk tolerance before considering this option).

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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 meetings web page, has directions and additional details. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday evenings!
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