How interested are people in meeting this weekend, either Saturday evening or Sunday evening (Monday is a holiday) at a central location somewhere around DC - maybe Rock Creek Park? There is a scheduled meetup on Friday but the forecast is for overcast but the forecast for Saturday and Sunday evenings is better. This is the weekend of the new moon - therefore better viewing. Meeting location suggestions?
The criteria for a good meeting location are: open - not obscured by trees or buildings, dark - few or no street lights, accessible after dark, and a nearby parking lot - telescopes can be heavy.
Please do a little reconnaissance of your neighborhood.
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!