On Saturday, May 7, Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC) for the 2011 Astronomy Day, an annual celebration of the amateur astronomer. The event includes solar observations, guest speakers and activities for all age groups. The event culminates with a night sky tour at one of the best observation sites in Northern Virginia.
Activities begin at 3 p.m. with solar viewings. This is a unique opportunity to safely see the Sun through specially filtered telescopes. Visitors can also stop in to the NOVAC tent for information about the club and see the Second Annual Art Contest display. A series of programs led by NOVAC members begins at 3:30, including a presentation on astrophotography. At 5 p.m., University of Maryland’s Astronomy Department, will talk about the mission highlights of the current Moon, comet, asteroid, and Mercury probes.
Once twilight arrives, then the wonders of the night sky take center stage. Guests can join Ed Witkowski for a tour of the night sky and take advantage of the numerous telescopes set up to view deep space objects. Don’t be shy! All NOVAC members will be happy to share views of the sky and to answer your questions.
No astronomy experience is needed to attend and enjoy this event. If you have binoculars, bring them along. They are a great tool to observe the night sky. Be sure to bring a jacket, as it can get cool at Sky Meadows once the sun sets. Remember, all dogs must be on a leash and should not be brought out on to the observing field.
There is a $5.00 parking fee per vehicle. All activities are free. For additional information and a complete schedule of activities, please visit the NOVAC website atwww.novac.com/astronomy-day/.