Stargaze with Nature Lovers Meetup on the lawn behind the historic Mt. Bleak House at Sky Meadows State Park in Fauquier County, Va. This public stargazing event is fun, even if you don't know anything about the night sky. View planets, nebulae and other heavenly bodies through powerful telescopes with amateur astronomers from the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club. Before dark, we'll picnic and if there's interest we can do a small hike.
Bring: blanket to sit on and food and drinks to share (sorry, no alcohol allowed). Also bring a flashlight to carry (to use when you are away from the viewing area).
Directions to Sky Meadows State Park from Vienna Metro:
Take I-66 West about 35 miles to exit 23 (Delaplane/Paris). The off ramp will dump you right onto Rte. 17 heading north. Drive about 6 1/2 miles, turn LEFT on Rte. 710, which is called Edmonds Lane. The entrance to the park is at the end of this road.
Special entrance fee of $5/vehicle to enter the park for this program, although we may be arriving early enough that they may only charge us the regular fee of $4.
We'll meet at the entrance to the walkway of the South side of Vienna Metro and carpool from there before 5pm. The south parking lot is located off of the Nutley Street exit ramp of I-66.
The astronomy program begins at 8:30. We can leave whenever we feel like it. I plan on staying for a couple of hours into the program (10:30 or later). *If you can drive others, please indicate so in your RSVP.* A weather forecast of cloudy skies will cancel the event. If the forecast is good I'll send my contact info to all Yes RSVPs a day before the event.