The Washington Area Astronomy Meetup connects people interested in astronomy by fostering informal gatherings at local star parties, public observatory nights, astronomy lectures and other astronomy-related programs. No experience in astronomy is required and you don't need to own a telescope to participate.

The free evening "star party" meetups posted here are hosted by local astronomy clubs and organizations that welcome public participation. These groups offer fun, safe ways to explore the night sky in the company of more experienced amateur and professional astronomers. Currently, we do not host our own events, but some of us belong to the host groups and you'll occasionally see us under the stars with our telescopes. We post selected events in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Central Maryland, allowing members to choose the Meetup that is most convenient or that best fits their stargazing preferences (metro-accessible urban observatory vs. semi-rural, dark sky "star parties", etc.).

Our aim is to help you rekindle your connection with the night sky while having fun and meeting others with similar interests. We welcome your active participation and look forward to receiving your suggestions for new astronomy meetups. See you under the stars!

 

 

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Upcoming Meetups

  • Friday, September 19, 2014 6:30 PM

    Northern Virginia Astronomy Club: Great Meadows Public Night

    8 Stargazers attending
  • Monday, September 22, 2014 7:00 PM

    Copernicus Complex: Cosmic Significance in a Universe of Planets & Probabilities

    6 Stargazers attending
  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014 6:30 PM

    The Soaring Trajectory of Sally Ride’s Life: America’s First Woman in Space

    1 Stargazers attending
  • Saturday, September 27, 2014 3:00 PM

    Northern Virginia Astronomy Club: The 32nd Annual NOVAC Star Gaze

    8 Stargazers attending
  • Saturday, September 27, 2014 6:45 PM

    Northern Virginia Astronomy Club: Stargazing at Sky Meadows State Park

    4 Stargazers attending
  • Sunday, October 5, 2014 12:45 PM

    Monthly Model Rocket Launch at NASA Goddard

    0 Stargazers attending
  • Sunday, October 26, 2014 5:00 PM

    MAKERS: "Women in Space" and STEM Education

    1 Stargazers attending
  • Saturday, November 1, 2014 10:00 AM

    Smithsonian Innovation Festival

    20 Stargazers attending
  • Sunday, November 2, 2014 12:45 PM

    Monthly Model Rocket Launch at NASA Goddard

    0 Stargazers attending
  • Saturday, November 8, 2014 5:00 PM

    Far Out! A Tour of the Icy Bodies of the Outer Solar System

    18 Stargazers attending
  • Saturday, November 8, 2014 6:30 PM

    Stargazing at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Public Observatory

    26 Stargazers attending
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014 5:00 PM

    Rubble Trouble: How Space Junk Impacts Astronomy

    9 Stargazers attending
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014 6:30 PM

    Stargazing at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Public Observatory

    14 Stargazers attending
  • Sunday, December 7, 2014 12:45 PM

    Monthly Model Rocket Launch at NASA Goddard

    0 Stargazers attending
  • Sunday, January 4, 2015 12:45 PM

    Monthly Model Rocket Launch at NASA Goddard

    0 Stargazers attending
  • Saturday, January 24, 2015 5:00 PM

    Observing the Origin of the Universe from the South Pole

    13 Stargazers attending
  • Saturday, January 24, 2015 6:30 PM

    Stargazing at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Public Observatory

    5 Stargazers attending
  • Sunday, February 1, 2015 12:45 PM

    Monthly Model Rocket Launch at NASA Goddard

    0 Stargazers attending
  • Saturday, February 21, 2015 5:00 PM

    Tracing the Structure of the Universe with Galaxy Surveys

    11 Stargazers attending
  • Saturday, February 21, 2015 6:30 PM

    Stargazing at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Public Observatory

    8 Stargazers attending
 
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Founded Jun 19, 2008
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Carrie Rowland Fitzgerald, Kristine

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