Announcing a new Meetup for nature lovers meetup!What
: Stargazing at Sky MeadowsWhen
: Saturday, October 9,[masked]:15 PMWhere
: Sky Meadows State Park
11012 Edmonds Ln
Delaplane, VA 20144
Stargaze with Nature Lovers Meetup on the lawn behind the historic Mt. Bleak House at Sky Meadows State Park in Fauquier County, Va. This public astronomy event is fun, even if you don't know anything about the night sky. View planets, nebulae and other heavenly bodies through powerful telescopes with amateur astronomers from the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club. Before dark, we'll picnic and enjoy the scenery.
Bring: blanket or chair for sitting and food and drinks to share (sorry, no alcohol allowed). Also bring a flashlight to carry (to use when you are away from the viewing area). If you must use flashlight around the telescopes, cover it with red cellophane, a brown paper bag or, at the least, your hand.
Directions to Sky Meadows State Park from Capital Beltway in Virginia:
Take I-66 West over 35 miles to exit 23 (Delaplane/Paris). The off ramp will dump you right onto Rte. 17 heading north. Drive about 6 1/2 miles, turn LEFT on Rte. 710, which is called Edmonds Lane. The entrance to the park is at the end of this road.
Meet me at South side of Vienna Metro at 4:15. We'll arrange for carpooling and leave by 4:30pm.
The astronomy program begins at 6:45 and ends by 9:45.
A weather forecast of cloudy skies will cancel this meetup. If the forecast is good I'll send my contact info to all Yes RSVPs within the day of the event.
Cell phone reception is spotty at the park.
Not recommended to bring pets to this event, as they are discouraged in the telescope viewing area (expensive equipment + unpredictable pets = not good).
Link to Sky Meadows State Park http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/sky.shtml#linktospeventsmasterpages
Link to star gazing program http://dcrintra.dcr.virginia.gov/dcr_public/events/ViewEvent.cfm?id=SK100013-07
RSVP to this Meetup:http://www.meetup.com/nature-lovers/calendar/14685468/