The annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall, will be held Saturday, June 22, 2019, 6 -11 pm in front of the Smithsonian Castle (Metro stop: Smithsonian) (with the rain location inside the Castle). Admission is free. The sponsors say there is still time to participate, volunteer, and bring telescopes. Celebrate the summer solstice with telescope observations of the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn, star clusters, and multi-colored double stars. Astronomers and astronomy educators from 21 organizations will do hands-on activities and show the public the wonders of astronomy. This year, the Festival is presented in association with the Smithsonian Solstice Saturday events. The National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Museums will be open until midnight with free parties, programs, and performances. For more info, go to https://www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/hclas/physic/physic-nationalmall.html For Solstice Saturday events, go to www.si.edu/solsticesaturday
The weather forecast is bad for tonight, including possible thunderstorms. It is no night for a star party. Sorry, but the event (planned tonight at Caledon State Park May 4 2019) is cancelled. Better luck in June.
May the Fourth be with you anyway.
May 1–A new newsletter is available for your reading pleasure. Articles include one on Jerry Hubbell’s latest “pilgrimage” to NEAF/NEAIC, Scott Busby on measuring darkness, a review of a mini guidescope by Ron Henke, and articles by Linda Billard on Planet Nine and some recent new findings on the extinction asteroid. And that’s just a taste of what’s included. Click the newspaper icon on this page to “read all about it.”
The weather forecasts are good enough to go ahead with tonight’s star party at Caledon State Park. There will likely be some clouds in the sky, but forecasts say we will have some clear sky some of the time. I … Continue reading →
The March star party at Caledon State Park is cancelled due to overcast skies.
All forecasts are for clear, dry skies tonight. Our star party at Caledon State Park is ON. The temperature will stay above freezing, but just barely. Dress in layers to stay warm. We won’t be moving around, so when you … Continue reading →