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Enjoy ASTRONOMY DAY with NOVAC members sharing their knowledge and telescopes!
• What we'll do Listen to guest speakers. Solar viewing until sunset. Attend a sky tour just after dusk. After dark NOVAC members provide telescopes and knowledge for viewing planets, stars, star clusters, galaxies and whatever else might be visible in the heavens depending on cloudiness and weather. Guest speaker presentations from 3 pm to around 5 pm take place rain or shine. Telescope viewing until 11 pm, weather permitting. • What to bring Wear warm clothing cap and possibly gloves in layers. Bring water to stay hydrated. If you bring a low power flashlight please cover the lens with red plastic. Please, no smoking or pets around the sensitive optics. • Important to know C.M Crockett Park, located in Farquier County, charges a $7 vehicle entry fee for non-Farquier County residents. There is no additional attendance charge for the NOVAC ASTRONOMY DAY event.

CM Crockett Park

10066 Rogues Rd · Midland, VA

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    *** The events posted here are open to the public and are offered monthly. NOVAC Members have access to viewing sites in northern Virginia and West Virginia and access to loaner telescopes, an extensive astronomy library, special interest groups and member observing sessions. Please attend one of our monthly meetings at George Mason University to see if NOVAC fits your interests in astronomy. We would love to have you as a member!! ***

    NOVAC is an astronomy outreach focused non-profit organization formed in 1990, however, the club met informally for many years before that!

    We provide enjoyment and education to the public (and ourselves!) through amateur astronomy. We discuss telescopes, astrophotography, and anything above our atmosphere! :)

    We strive to be a friendly club with a focus on observing, and we are one of the largest clubs in the United States with over 800 members.

    Some might call this plain old "Star-gazing." If you wish to grow your knowledge and help others grow their knowledge of astronomy NOVAC will help you achieve that goal. With our large membership covering all aspects of astronomy, you are sure to find others with interests in astronomy and equipment similar to yours.

    By joining NOVAC, you will have the opportunity to meet others who have common interests and the opportunity to exchange ideas. Through our public programs, you can be directly involved with the public events NOVAC sponsors to introduce others to the joys of astronomy.

    NOVAC sponsors numerous public events that are free and open to the public ! To facilitate the club's operations members pay small annual dues to support the outreach events, provide the web site, provide loaner scopes and purchase books for the library. Dues also include membership in the Astronomical League. NOVAC is non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) corporation. Funding is primarily through membership dues with some corporate charitable contributions and various partnerships that support the viewing sites.

    Whether an interested beginner or an experienced amateur astronomer , we think you will find joining NOVAC a rewarding experience.

    Our motto is To Observe and to Help Others Observe: we welcome everyone who wishes to learn more about astronomy.

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