Join the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC) for Astronomy Day at C.M. Crockett Park on April 29, 2017. Astronomy Day is a national event held to promote and share amateur astronomy. Come out at 3 PM to observe the Sun! Stay until nightfall to see some planets and deep sky objects! The program features solar observing through safe filters, telescopes to look at and look through when the stars come out, and presentations about astronomy, space exploration, and the night sky.The presentation portion is rain or shine. Presentations are generally appropriate for all ages. Evening observing is weather-permitting, but we can observe under even partly cloudy skies! Entrance to the park ends at 9 pm, no exceptions! Crockett Park charges $7 per vehicle if you’re not a Fauquier County or NOVAC member, but the event itself is completely free..
Check out Tom Watson’s helpful video review of the Skywatcher Adventurer mount. He demonstrates the features, discusses the quality (great bang for the buck), and shows some photos taken using it.
The comic XKCD has a meditation here on the disadvantages of reflectors vs. refractors.
Come out to the Marine Corps Museum on March 11 from 5 to 8 pm for a hands on intro to celestial navigation.
At 9 pm (not 8 pm as previously indicated) Hear Myron Wasiuta and Jerry Hubbell interviewed by Marty Kunz. Interview focus will be the club’s Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) and some of Jerry’s projects for Explore Scientific. To listen, visit AFM Radio and click the “Listen to AFM Radio Now” icon in the upper left of the opening page. If you miss the live broadcast, the program will repeat every 4 hours until 5 pm on Thursday, March 2.
Here we go again with a beautiful morning and yet, the promise of cloudy skies tonight. I just returned from a 5 mile hike at Caledon, where tonight’s star party is scheduled. But on the radar I see that predicted line of storms approaching. The rain will probably stop by nightfall, but we will probably have cloudy skies above a wet field tonight. Better luck next time.