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Public Viewing 2019-12-29T17:27:38-05:00

Public Viewing and Community Outreach

solarkidSharing our knowledge of space has always been an important part of NOVAC. Many of our members are avid astronomers and are very enthusiastic about the hobby. Each year we hold several public observing sessions and the annual Star Gaze to help you learn more. Please make plans to attend.

You do not need to be a member of the club or own any astronomical equipment to attend. All you need is an interest in the wonders of the cosmos. We welcome all ages, though children under 18 who attend an event must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Preparation begins before leaving home. Dress warmly! Summer nights can still become cold. Please check the Thanks for Coming to our Schoolweather forecast.

For lighting, cover a flashlight in red cellophane (darker the better). Bring along water to keep hydrated and plan on staying the entire evening or as long as the weather allows. Please dim your vehicles headlights when arriving and departing.

Feel free to walk around and enjoy the sights through the equipment on display but please ask the owner before using. It’s best to control children around expensive astronomical equipment. Remember, telescope mirrors are sensitive to cigarette smoke and bug spray. Pets should not be brought onto the observing field.

Please check back with our website prior to leaving for the event. If it’s cancelled, there will be a notice prominently displayed on the homepage News or the calendar events.

Club members will begin to arrive just prior to sunset. We advise you to arrive before darkness, too but please check with each event for specific details for arrival.

For more information on NOVAC outreach check out the specific page or if you are looking to have an event please fill out this outreach request form or contact the NOVAC Outreach Coordinator at: outreach@novac.com

Please Note: NOVAC outreach events should generally be held on one of our scheduled public viewing events. Weather conditions may cause last minute cancellations so check out the event calendar for the event status before you head out.

 

NOVAC Public Events Calendar

Jan
25
Sat
2020
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park
Jan 25 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park | Midland | Virginia | United States

Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details.

 

Feb
22
Sat
2020
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park
Feb 22 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park | Midland | Virginia | United States

Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details.

 

Mar
28
Sat
2020
C.M. Crockett Public Night and Messier Marathon @ C.M. Crockett Park
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
C.M. Crockett Public Night and Messier Marathon @ C.M. Crockett Park | Midland | Virginia | United States

Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details. Details will be updated for the Messier Marathon too!

 

Apr
25
Sat
2020
Astronomy Day @ C.M. Crockett Park
Apr 25 all-day
Astronomy Day @ C.M. Crockett Park

Head over to the Astronomy Day page for more information.

C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park | Midland | Virginia | United States

Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details.

 

May
23
Sat
2020
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park | Midland | Virginia | United States

Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details.

 

Jun
20
Sat
2020
Astronomy Festival on the National Mall @ National Mall, Washington, DC
Jun 20 all-day
Astronomy Festival on the National Mall @ National Mall, Washington, DC

The Astronomy Festival on the National Mall is the largest annual astronomy outreach event in the United States and will take place on the National Mall between 3rd and 4th streets on Sat.  June 20, 2020.

C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park
Jun 20 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park | Midland | Virginia | United States

Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details.

 

Jul
25
Sat
2020
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park
Jul 25 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park | Midland | Virginia | United States

Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details.

 

Aug
22
Sat
2020
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park | Midland | Virginia | United States

Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details.

 

 

 

 

Other Public Events

The following opportunities are sponsored by other organizations and schools in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

The Analemma Society
Sponsors public observing every Friday at Observatory Park, near the village of Great Falls, Virginia.

The Astronomy Dept. of the University of Maryland
Holds a public lecture followed by informal observing at the observatory in College Park, Maryland the 5th and 20th of each month.

The Montgomery College Planetarium
Closed for remodeling until approximately Fall 2021.

NOVAC Monthly Meetings
Don’t forget that our meetings, generally held at George Mason University on the second Sunday evening of each month (except when that Sunday is Mother’s Day), are open to the public.