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.

*Oct 21th, 2020. For a full new organizer's Intro see below.

The current global circumstances due to COVID-19 has forced countless in-person events to be canceled, postponed or moved on-line. We can see how the increasing of virtual events is changing the way we meet and participate in space events. Nancy C. Wolfson as the new organizer of Washington Area Astronomy MeetUp Group is adapting and wish to increase the number of VIRTUAL SPACE EVENTS to enable specialists and the general public to participate and to stayed connected to space concepts.

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!

MESSAGE FROM:

NEW ORGANIZER FOR THE WASHINGTON AREA ASTRONOMY MEETUP GROUP Oct 21st, 2020

Nancy C. Wolfson - Email me: lessonsbynancy@gmail.com

Dear Washington Area Astronomy MeetUp co-organizers and members.

I hope this email finds you well

I am writing to introduce myself as the new organizer of the Washington Area Astronomy MeetUp Group. I am excited to meet everyone here. Here is a little bit about myself and some of most recent work within the space industry. Nancy is a Washington, D.C. based scholar, researcher, speaker, published author, currently the Vice Chair of the IAF Technical Committee on Near Earth Objects where part of my work is to raise awareness about all Planetary Defense -NEO related topic, organize plenaries, Special sessions and other academic-educational initiatives in collaboration with space organizations and agencies. She president of Disrupting Space, a company dedicated to analog research and education based in the U.S. Great part of my work is focused on education and communication about asteroids and contributing to the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN), a signatory for United Nations Declaration for Asteroid Day. She is a frequent keynote speaker, panelist and moderator at international and U.S. events. Among her most recent engagements are a series of presentations at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) By the IAF, the United Nation Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Meeting, Planetary Defense Conference (PDC), and the American Institution of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) ASCEND Conference just to mention some. Nancy C. Wolfson focuses on Human and Social Sciences aiming for diverse and healthy human colonies in Outer Space. Nancy's objective is to democratize access to higher learning, making space concepts accessible to all academia, corporations and the broad general public.

Nancy’s vision

Nancy’s vision is to increase the coverage of the Washington Area Astronomy MeetUp group and other space related topics such as Planetary Defense-NEOs and asteroids mining along with facilitate discussion and collaboration about space related topics for all involved in this group. Through Washington Area Astronomy Meetup Group public platform Nancy aims to enable all its members, space and non space actors including decisions makers to have a closer communication with the general public. As you know the current global circumstances due to COVID-19 has forced countless in-person events to be canceled, postponed or moved on-line. We can see how the increasing of virtual events is changing the way we meet and participate in space events. The new organizer of Washington Area Astronomy MeetUp Group is also adapting and wish to increase the number of virtual events to enable specialists and the general public to participate and to stayed connected through the next items:

- To increase the involvement of the Co-organizers accordingly to their availability and possibly to have monthly meetings to discussed new actions that could benefit the group and the community overall.

- To increase the involvement of the co-organizers and all members by welcoming them to post, promote and create their own events.

- To increase the professional relation and communication with local space organizations, institutions and agencies in order to keep the general public informed of space related topics.

- To increase the professional relation and communication with international space organizations, institutions and agencies, specially now that most PUBLIC EVENTS ARE VIRTUAL in order to keep the general public informed of (international – keeping standard English) space related topics.

- The goal is to continue raising awareness and continue building bridges between the local-global space community and the general public about the ongoing work within the space industry and to get more people interested and attracted to the topic.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions and wish to discuss how we can work together towards our continued success in the future. Email me: lessonsbynancy@gmail.com

Nancy C. Wolfson -

Vice Chair of the International Astronautical federation TC Committee on Near Earth Objects

PS: For more about me please check the next links:

*My latest interview by IAC TV with Ann- NASA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZqSHhPl0kw

*International Astronautical federation – IAC 2019 Special session: Get Ready to Protect Earth from Asteroids – Planetary Defense in Your Hands https://www.iafastro.org/events/iac/iac-2019/technical-programme/specialsessions/monday-21-october-2019/get-ready-to-protect-earth-from-asteroids- %E2%80%93-planetary-defense-in-your-hands.html

*The United Nation 100X Asteroid Declaration for Asteroid Day https://asteroidday.org/people/nancy-wolfson/

*Collaborative Educational & Outreach Project - Booth 116 https://myemail.constantcontact.com/JoSS-Bulletin---August-2019.html? soid=1117055860134&aid=5EmzjAueCq4

Upcoming events (4+)

Virtual Tour of Outer Space, livestream hosted by California Academy of Sciences

FREE event: Do you love space? Come and join a California Academy of Sciences Morrison Planetarium planetarium presenter on a live wander through outer space EVERY WEDNESDAY on Facebook and YouTube live. Come ready with your astronomy questions and tour stop requests!
*NOTE: The direct link changes every week, to find the new weekly link please go to: www.facebook.com/morrisonplanetarium
4:30 PST / 7:30 EST.
Next:
December 16
December 23
December 30.....

Tune into the Morrison Planetarium Facebook page or the OpenSpace YouTube channel at 4:30 PST / 7:30 EST.

Source:: https://www.facebook.com/morrisonplanetarium/
Event: December 16

*OpenSpace organizer Corrie and Washington Area Astronomy MeetUp Organizer Nancy C. Wolfson are planning a collaborative event in the near future, stay tune!

Virtual Tour of Outer Space, livestream hosted by California Academy of Sciences

FREE event: Do you love space? Come and join a California Academy of Sciences Morrison Planetarium planetarium presenter on a live wander through outer space EVERY WEDNESDAY on Facebook and YouTube live. Come ready with your astronomy questions and tour stop requests!
*NOTE: The direct link changes every week, to find the new weekly link please go to: www.facebook.com/morrisonplanetarium
4:30 PST / 7:30 EST.
Next:
December 16
December 23
December 30.....

Tune into the Morrison Planetarium Facebook page or the OpenSpace YouTube channel at 4:30 PST / 7:30 EST.

Source:: https://www.facebook.com/morrisonplanetarium/
Event: December 16

*OpenSpace organizer Corrie and Washington Area Astronomy MeetUp Organizer Nancy C. Wolfson are planning a collaborative event in the near future, stay tune!

Virtual Tour of Outer Space, livestream hosted by California Academy of Sciences

FREE event: Do you love space? Come and join a California Academy of Sciences Morrison Planetarium planetarium presenter on a live wander through outer space EVERY WEDNESDAY on Facebook and YouTube live. Come ready with your astronomy questions and tour stop requests!
*NOTE: The direct link changes every week, to find the new weekly link please go to: www.facebook.com/morrisonplanetarium
4:30 PST / 7:30 EST.
Next:
December 16
December 23
December 30.....

Tune into the Morrison Planetarium Facebook page or the OpenSpace YouTube channel at 4:30 PST / 7:30 EST.

Source:: https://www.facebook.com/morrisonplanetarium/
Event: December 16

*OpenSpace organizer Corrie and Washington Area Astronomy MeetUp Organizer Nancy C. Wolfson are planning a collaborative event in the near future, stay tune!

Exploring the Sky at Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park *near* Nature Center

*NOTE: This event is subject to cancellation at the last minute, due to SARS-CoV-2 or other restrictions. Please check with National Park Service before heading out.*

Join us as we participate in a public stargazing event at Rock Creek Park! This is a no-host event. Feel free to use the comments section to arrange carpooling/meeting locations!

Website:

https://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/expsky.htm

Details from site:

Exploring the Sky is an informal program that for over sixty years has offered monthly opportunities for anyone in the Washington area to see the stars and planets through telescopes from a location within the District of Columbia.

Sessions are held in Rock Creek Park once each month on a Saturday night from April through November, starting shortly after sunset. We meet in the field just south of the intersection of Military and Glover Roads NW, near the Nature Center. A parking lot is located immediately next to the field.

Beginners (including children) and experienced stargazers are all welcome-and it's free!

Questions? Call the Nature Center at (202)[masked] or check the Internet sites: http://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/planetarium.htm (https://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/planetarium.htm) orhttp://www.capitalastronomers.org (http://www.capitalastronomers.org/)

A presentation of the National Park Service and National Capital Astronomers.

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