• Nerd Nite DC

    DC9 Nightclub

    Join us for the first Nerd Nite DC event of 2019! Laugh and learn from local researchers and experts, while also enjoying an adult beverage from DC9 Nightclub. Note: tickets ($10) are required for the event, and must be purchased through the DC9 website (see link below). This event is 21+. Doors open at 6 pm, event starts at 6:30 pm Event website: https://dc.nerdnite.com/2018/12/14/nerd-nite-for-january-12-2019/ Purchase tickets here: https://www.dc9.club/event/1804440-nerd-nite-washington/ Event details: Nerd Nite for January 12, 2019 DC9 Nightclub DOORS: 6:00PM Cost: $10 21+ HAPPY NERD YEAR! We’re ringing in 2019 with three amazing talks. Freakin’ lasers! Not being abilist jerks! The connection between sketchy wizards and back pain! Auld acquaintance may be forgot, but you won’t forget these amazing speakers. So much to learn! Come start the new year off right by partying it up with your favorite nerds. Also, come out to hear some exciting new updates about Nerd Nite DC 2019! “Sick Freaks: Disability, Freak Shows, and Reality TV” Summary: The old carnival freak shows are basically gone now, but that hasn’t changed people’s desire to stare at those who are different. From Mystery Diagnosis to Born This Way, come find out what’s going on with reality television, and how all that’s old is new again. Presenter Bio: Katya is a queer, disabled theater historian (for extra freakiness) who writes about identity, performance theory, and political theater. When not reading, writing, or talking about these topics, Katya is usually either murdering aliens in XCOM or crafting, and sometimes even does both at once. “Cosmic Death Lasers” Summary: We’ll explore objects so extreme that if you could stand on their surfaces gravity would squash you flat as a pancake. Then we’ll learn how to manipulate these objects to create a death ray capable of destroying all life on Earth as we know it. Presenter Bio: Ginny is a fourth year astronomy graduate student working at the University of Maryland and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She studies the brightest explosions in the universe and in her free time she likes to pet dogs and drink wine (preferably at the same time). “Exposing the Fake News of Low Back Pain” Summary: Does good posture prevent back pain? Do six pack abs help your back? Where does pain even come from? Can Professor Dumbledore teach us something about pain? (okay that one is obviously yes!) Forget everything you’ve ever been told about back pain and get ready to nerd out on the science of pain while busting some myths along the way. Presenter Bio: JD is a nerd with the goal of making physical therapy and health care more scientific (if you haven’t heard health care is complicated). He a board-certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy, is currently serving on the American Physical Therapy Association of Maryland’s board of directors, and works at Washington Wellness Physical Therapy & Sports Care. In his free time he enjoys hiking and backpacking with his dog Scout.

  • Star party- Astronomical Society of Greenbelt, MD

    Greenbelt Observatory

    • What we'll do See the universe! Visit our observatory, look through club members’ telescopes, or bring your own. Adults and children are welcome. Event will be cancelled if it’s too cloudy to see any stars. • What to bring Bring your own binoculars or telescope if you would like. • Important to know Further information about our star parties is at http://www.greenbeltastro.org/starparties/index.shtml

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  • Monthly Model Rocket Launch at NASA Goddard

    NASA Goddard Visitors Center (via ICESat Road)

    On the first Sunday of the month, NASA Goddard hosts model rocket launches. Participate in the rocket launch, and after you're done sending small objects into (or at least slightly closer to) space, you can tour the great Goddard Visitors Center! Note: It's "bring your own rocket." You can buy nearly-ready-to-launch rockets and engines at the Gift Shop the day of the event, or find them online or at places like Michaels and specialty shops prior to the event. See below for restrictions on engines, etc. NOTE: This is a no-host meetup; you are welcome to use the comments section below to find other group members at the event. Details from NASA Goddard Visitor's Center Web site: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/visitor/events/rocket_launch.html Like to build model rockets, but don’t have a launch pad? Now you do! Anyone can fly at the Goddard model rocket launches, and there are no costs or fees to participate. Rockets, motors and supplies are available at the nearby Goddard Gift Shop (and many hobby shops or toy stores) and you can even get rocket construction and launch tips from our on-site experts on launch day! Don't want to launch your own rocket? That's fine, too -- come out to watch, and cheer on our rocketeers! Model rocket launches are held at the Goddard Visitor Center the first Sunday of the month (some holidays excluded, and weather and security conditions permitting). Launches start at 1 p.m. and are brought to you by the NARHAMS Model Rocket club (http://www.narhams.org/). These launches have been part of Visitor Center programs since 1976. Visitors bring and prepare their own models; a group safety briefing is given at 1:00pm, and models are given a preflight safety assessment. We allow single-engine models that must not exceed D-class models. 1/2A or A models work best for our field. We do not permit models whose altitude may exceed 2,000 feet, nor do we normally allow glider models. For any questions, please contact the Visitor Center front desk at[masked] Weather decisions will be made the day of the launch -- to check the status of a launch, please contact the Visitor Center front desk.

  • Monthly Model Rocket Launch at NASA Goddard

    NASA Goddard Visitors Center (via ICESat Road)

    On the first Sunday of the month, NASA Goddard hosts model rocket launches. Participate in the rocket launch, and after you're done sending small objects into (or at least slightly closer to) space, you can tour the great Goddard Visitors Center! Note: It's "bring your own rocket." You can buy nearly-ready-to-launch rockets and engines at the Gift Shop the day of the event, or find them online or at places like Michaels and specialty shops prior to the event. See below for restrictions on engines, etc. NOTE: This is a no-host meetup; you are welcome to use the comments section below to find other group members at the event. Details from NASA Goddard Visitor's Center Web site: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/visitor/events/rocket_launch.html Like to build model rockets, but don’t have a launch pad? Now you do! Anyone can fly at the Goddard model rocket launches, and there are no costs or fees to participate. Rockets, motors and supplies are available at the nearby Goddard Gift Shop (and many hobby shops or toy stores) and you can even get rocket construction and launch tips from our on-site experts on launch day! Don't want to launch your own rocket? That's fine, too -- come out to watch, and cheer on our rocketeers! Model rocket launches are held at the Goddard Visitor Center the first Sunday of the month (some holidays excluded, and weather and security conditions permitting). Launches start at 1 p.m. and are brought to you by the NARHAMS Model Rocket club (http://www.narhams.org/). These launches have been part of Visitor Center programs since 1976. Visitors bring and prepare their own models; a group safety briefing is given at 1:00pm, and models are given a preflight safety assessment. We allow single-engine models that must not exceed D-class models. 1/2A or A models work best for our field. We do not permit models whose altitude may exceed 2,000 feet, nor do we normally allow glider models. For any questions, please contact the Visitor Center front desk at[masked] Weather decisions will be made the day of the launch -- to check the status of a launch, please contact the Visitor Center front desk.

  • NoVA Astronomy Club: C.M. Crockett Public Night

    CM Crockett Park

    Join us as we participate in the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club's public stargazing event at C.M. Crockett Park! This is a no-host event. Feel free to use the comments section to arrange carpooling/meeting locations! Websites: http://www.novac.com/wp/blog/event/c-m-crockett-public-night-32/?instance_id=166727 http://www.novac.com/wp/observing/c-m-crockett-park/ Details from site: 10066 Rogues Road (Rt. 602) Midland, VA, 22728 Phone:[masked] Observing Field coordinates: 38.38′.2″N -77.43′.15″W Latitude: [masked] Longitude [masked] Elevation: 330 ft Coordinator: Tree Greenwood – [masked] NOVAC welcomes everyone to come out to our public events and enjoy the night sky. You do not need to be a member of the club or own any astronomical equipment to attend. All you need is an interest in the wonders of the cosmos. C.M. Crockett Park in Fauquier County, Virginia offers an excellent place to stargaze for the beginner or the advanced. Depending on the time of year, expect to see constellations, planets, star clusters, galaxies, nebula, and possibly a few meteors and satellites. Volunteers (and guests, if they wish) bring a variety of telescopes and binoculars. General Information Preparation begins before leaving home. Dress warmly! (http://www.novac.com/resources/winter.php) Summer nights can still become cold. Please check the weather forecast. For lighting, cover a flashlight in red cellophane (the darker the better). Bring along water to keep hydrated and plan on staying the entire evening or as long as the weather allows. Please dim your vehicles headlights when arriving and departing. Feel free to walk around and enjoy the sights through the equipment on display but please ask the owner before using. It’s best to control children around expensive astronomical equipment. Remember, telescope mirrors are sensitive to cigarette smoke and bug spray. Pets should not be brought onto the observing field. Crockett has reasonably dark skies, with a limiting magnitude around 5 most nights. It has excellent horizons (http://www.novac.com/crockett/crockett_horizons.php) (Omega Centauri has been observed from Crockett on several occasions), with relatively little light pollution to the south and west. To the north, Manassas is the biggest offender, while to the east an airport beacon can be annoying. In addition to its virtues as an observing site, Crockett is a nice place to visit during the day. (http://www.novac.com/crockett/cm_crockett_park.php) The lake offers fishing and boating (rentals available), and there are several playgrounds for children, as well as picnic pavilions and volleyball courts. 10066 Rogues Road (Rt. 602) Midland, VA, 22728 Phone:[masked] Observing Field coordinates: 38.38′.2″N -77.43′.15″W Latitude: [masked] Longitude [masked] Elevation: 330 ft Directions Crockett Park is about 20 miles south of Manassas at 10066 Rogues Road (Rt. 602), Midland, VA, 22728. The telephone is[masked]. From Washington DC/Northern Virginia, go west on I-66 to Exit 43A, US 29 (Lee Highway) toward Gainesville/Warrenton. Follow US[masked] miles approaching Warrenton Stay to the left at the US15/US29 junction to Culpeper/Fredricksburg . Go 1.3 miles past this interchange, exiting onto Meetze Road (643). At Meetze Road, turn left (south) and go 7.5 miles to Rogues Road. There is a sign indicating Crockett Park. Turn right, go a half mile, and you are at CM Crockett Regional Park. The observing area is adjacent to the parking lot to your immediate left as you pass through the park entry gate. Alternate directions: go west on I-66 to exit 44 (234 South bypass around Manassas). Take 234 bypass approximately 3 miles to Rt. 28 West. Stay on Route 28 for about 13.7 miles through Nokesville, Catlett, and Calverton. Turn right on Rt. 643 (Meetze Rd.) towards Warrenton (Mayhugh’s country store is on the corner) Go on about a mile up Rt. 643 to the park entrance road (Rogues Rd.) on the left. Look for a small sign directing you to CM Crockett Park. Once on the park entrance road, go one-half mile to the park gate. After arriving at the main gate, take the first left into the gravel parking lot. There should be some telescopes setup in the nearby field. Please dim your headlights if you are arriving after dark and please do not drive onto the field.

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  • "Astronomy for Everyone" Star Party at Sky Meadows

    Sky Meadows State Park

    Start your new year with some stargazing! Sky Meadows is a great site for astronomical observing under dark, star-filled skies, away from city lights. Admission to stargazing is free, but parking costs $5/vehicle. NOTE: No admittance to the park after 5:30 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: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/park-event-info?id=SK180026-02 Astronomy for Everyone Date: 01/05/2019 Time: 4:30 p.m. To 7:30 p.m. Location: Historic Area Description: Our evening of space exploration begins with a half-hour "Junior Astronomer" program, for children ages 5-12. Immediately following, hear about the importance of dark skies and light conservation, then join volunteer Ambassadors of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab for a half-hour multimedia presentation on the latest in the United States' space research. After the presentation, get oriented to the celestial skies with a brief sky tour. For the remainder of the program take advantage of Sky Meadows' dark skies by looking at deep space objects through telescopes provided by our Dark Sky volunteers. Have your own telescope? Feel free to bring your scope or binoculars for your own sky exploration. Note: Entrance gates close one hour after program start time. 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

  • 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

  • Virtual Meetup: Mars, the National Geographic TV series

    Watch Season 2 of the National Geographic TV show “Mars” along with other people. We will discuss the show online via Twitter — look for us at @AstroDC! Website: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/tv/mars Show details: SEASON 2 PREMIERES MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH AT 9PM ET The story of the quest to colonize Mars as told from the perspective of the crew of a fictitious mission in 2033.

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