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August 2023 Night Sky

This month Saturn and Jupiter are easy to see, especially Saturn which rises at 9:30 pm at the start of the month and before 8 pm at the end. Jupiter requires a bit more waiting not rising until 12:24 am early this month and around 10:30 pm at the end of August. Mars is now

NOVAC Public Meeting, 8/13/23, 7:30pm EDT

Join NOVAC as we welcome Ana Maria Milla from the Cusco Planetarium in Cusco, Peru!   Ana Maria will share her passion for astronomy, educate us on the Astronomy of the Incas, and tell us all the excitement and experience of viewing the southern skies.

Summer Globulars: Easy and Not

M53 lies just about 1 degree northeast of Alpha Comae Berenices. It can be seen with binoculars or a small telescope. NGC 5053 is a challenge even in large telescopes. Its It lies almost a degree southeast of M53. M3 is found 1/3 of the way from Arcturus and Cor Caroli. It’s obvious in binoculars.

NOVAC Public Meeting, 7/9/23, 7:30pm EDT

Join NOVAC as we welcome Dr. Emily Martin from the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.  Emily will take us on a detective journey as we uncover the hidden secrets of our solar system’s outer moons.

Image Credit & Copyright: Max Alexander, STFC, SPL via NASA

June 2023 Night Sky

I have mentioned the lengthening days multiple times, but the longest is yet to come. The good news (for astronomers anyway) is that after the Summer Solstice on June 21st, the days will start to shorten. Interestingly, at our latitude here in Northern Virginia, the sunset times will remain constant and even increase by a