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*FREE* Star Party - 223rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society

Star Party
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm (Cloud Date Wednesday, 8 January)

More than 3,000 professional astronomers, educators, journalists, and guests will gather in the nation's capital for the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), 5-9 January 2014, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD 20745.

Come see the Moon, the planet Jupiter, and other celestial attractions and mingle with professional astronomers under the stars. The AAS is co-hosting this public observing extravaganza in partnership with local amateur astronomers and astronomy vendors. Our plan (weather permitting) is to set up telescopes at or adjacent to the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Featured in the winter sky are the giant planet Jupiter and its moons, the Great Nebula in Orion, the Pleiades star cluster, and several attractive double stars. We'll also enjoy a nearly-first-quarter ("half") Moon. The star party is suitable for adults and kids of all ages. In the event of clouds (or worse), we’ll present a slideshow featuring highlights from the great telescopes of the world. It's a great opportunity to see the stars with help from knowledgeable guides, to meet local astronomers, and to learn about telescopes and other astronomy gear.

NOTE: You are encouraged to bring your personal telescope!

Local partners:

Hands On Optics
The Howard Astronomical League
The Astronomical Society of Greenbelt
The Northern Virginia Astronomy Club
Southern Maryland Astronomical Society

Attendance at the star party is FREE and open to the public. Weather and logistics updates will be posted on the AAS Facebook ( Contact for more information: Jason Kendall ([masked]), [masked]-3707.

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  • Stacy

    I'm not sure who originally posted this event, but would anyone like to volunteer to be the event host? One person should be in charge of deciding where the group should meet up at the gaylord hotel and things like that. Sounds like a great event!

    January 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I posted the event; wish I could host, but I won't arrive til late in the event.

      January 6, 2014

  • Vicki

    I understand it is going to be a high of 16 degrees on Tues., Jan. 7...!

    January 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Update: if you need to contact the organizer, his cell # is[masked]-1972. Please let him know if you plan to bring your own telescope!

    January 2, 2014

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