What we're about

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!

Upcoming events (5)

Virtual Star Party with Fraser Cain

Online event

Fraser Cain, the co-host of Astronomy Cast, is hosting a weekly virtual star party. It starts late (9:00pm PDT/12:00am EDT), but may be of interest to group members. Note that videos from past star parties are also available to watch later, if you don't want to stay up quite so late. Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4WRUVy7Z2o

Howard Astronomical League Meeting

Robinson Nature Center

Join us as we attend this free public lecture sponsored by the Howard Astronomical League! Note: This is a no-host meetup. Feel free to use the comments area to find other group members at the event. Website: http://www.howardastro.org/meetings.php

[PLACEHOLDER] "Astronomy for Everyone" Star Party at Sky Meadows

Sky Meadows State Park

These events take place from April to November. This is a placeholder listing; the exact date/time schedule for 2018 has not yet been announced. Sky Meadows is a great site for astronomical observing under dark, star-filled skies, away from city lights. Admission is free, but parking costs $5/vehicle. NOTE: No admittance to the park after 9:00 pm! Feel free to use the comments section to arrange carpooling/meeting locations! Recommend making meeting arrangements in advance of the event; it can be difficult to find group members in the dark. For more information visit: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/park-event-info?id=SK190040-08 Astronomy for Everyone Location: Historic Area Description: Our evening of space exploration begins with our half-hour Ranger-led "Junior Astronomer" program for children ages 5-12. Immediately following the children's program, join volunteer Ambassadors from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab for a half-hour multimedia presentation on the latest in the United States' space research. Then, get yourselves oriented to the celestial skies with a 15-20 minute 'sky tour' by our Volunteer Star Guide. For the remainder of the program take advantage of Sky Meadows' dark skies by looking at deep space objects through telescopes provided by volunteers. Have your own telescope? Feel free to bring your scope for your own sky exploration. Note: No entrance to the program more than an hour after the event starts. See link above for specific times. In the event of rain or clouds, only the "Junior Astronomer" and multimedia presentations will be provided. Parking for this program is $5.00 per vehicle. Are you an astronomy enthusiast interested in volunteering for our monthly programs? Contact our park by emailing [masked] . Extra Event Fee:No Children Allowed:Yes

Virtual Star Party with Fraser Cain

Online event

Fraser Cain, the co-host of Astronomy Cast, is hosting a weekly virtual star party. It starts late (9:00pm PDT/12:00am EDT), but may be of interest to group members. Note that videos from past star parties are also available to watch later, if you don't want to stay up quite so late. Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4WRUVy7Z2o

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Virtual Star Party with Fraser Cain

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