Astronomy Day

Join NOVAC for Astronomy Day at Sky Meadows State Park on May 11th.  Come out at 3pm to observe the Sun and sit in on some insightful presentations.  Stay until nightfall to see some planets and deep sky objects.  Entrance to the park ends at 9pm.

The daytime portion is rain or shine (we'll have a few tents set up).  Our presentations include:

"Just Do It! Getting Started in Astrophotography" - Bob Traube

"The Real Alien Visitors to Earth: Meteors, Meteorites, Asteroids, & Comets in the Neighborhood" - Alan Goldberg

"The ABS's of Comets" - Dr. Timothy Livengood, University of Maryland & Goddard Space Flight Center

The daytime portion also features solar observing through safe filters, shared telescopes from our NOVAC members, and presentations about astronomy and the night sky.

You don't need any experience at all to enjoy Astronomy Day, nor is it necessary to bring equipment.  If you own a pair of binoculars, go ahead and bring them; they're great for looking at the night sky.  Our NOVAC members are always eager to share their telescopes and help you observe the sky.

Sky Meadows State Park charges $5 per vehicle for parking, bt the event itself is free.  Paid NOVAC members can have the parking fee waived upon presentation of their membership card.  If you are not a member but would like to jin, you can join online at

Dress warmly because evening temperatures can be chilly.  For light, cover a flashlight in red cellophane.


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