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Monthly General Body Meeting - Open to the Public

Explore cosmic landscapes from the comfort of your chair or with us at GMU, Research Hall Rm 163 in Fairfax, VA.  Thanks to a joint collaboration between NOVAC and the Virtual Telescope Project (VT)in Italy (, a powerful telescope in Italy will be capturing in real time images of the most beautiful cosmic gems and will share the view with all those connected from all around the planet.

All this with the live commentary of the astrophysicist Gianluca Masi, PhD, founder and scientific director of the Virtual Telescope Project, who will be available on the event chat for questions and comments.

We will surf the northern Spring skies, spying beautiful, distant galaxies like Messier 51, Messier 100, NGC 4565 and so on, also spying dying stars, exploding supernovae millions and millions of light years away. On our way back home, we will visit planet Saturn and its elegant, amazing rings. Of course, participants can suggest their own preferred destinations via chat, adding interactivity to the trip.

Paid parking is available in the Shenandoah Parking Deck (formerly Sandy Creek Parking Deck), which is behind the building.  Please enter at the back side of the building which is in front of the round-about in front of the parking garage.  The parking lot is on Sandy Creek Way off of Patriot Circle.

Meetings are on the second Sunday of every month. If you come earlier you can do a little socializing. The first part of the meeting is club business, during which the officers make reports about their activities and areas of responsibility.

The final part of the meeting is a program, usually by one of the members, but sometimes by "outside experts". We've had presenters from all aspects of Astronomy and former Astronauts.

There's a good deal of socializing before and after meetings, allowing members to put faces with the voices they've heard in the dark.

NOVAC and VT will open the online event to all, for free: to join, you just need to access, at the event date and time, the
In case of cloudy weather at the observatory, backup images will be used.
This event is part of the Global Astronomy Month 2013.

Meetings begin promptly at 7pm.  General membership meetings are open to the public, and are held at (room change) Research Hall, room 163 on the campus of George Mason University (directions) in Fairfax, Virginia.

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