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Astronomy Day at Sky Meadows State Park

Join us for Astronomy Day 2012 hosted by the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC) at Sky Meadows State Park on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. behind the historic Mount Bleak House.  

Astronomy Day at Sky Meadows State Park on April 28, 2012.Astronomy Day at Sky Meadows State Park on April 28.

The event features safe solar viewing and telescopes for checking out the planets and stars, special presentations, and fun for the kids. 

The McLean High School Astronomy Club will be onsite portraying historical figures that made advances in the study of astronomy.  You could have a chat with past American Astronomers: Maria Mitchell, Daniel Kirkwood, or Henry Draper

   -  At 3:30 p.m. NOVAC Member Bill Burton will present “Your Place in Space.” 

   -  Try your hand at Astronomy Bingo starting at 3:45 p.m. 

   -  At 4 p.m. enjoy a presentation about the history of telescopes and a demonstration of modern observing equipment. 

   -  Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassador and Sky Meadows State Park Volunteer Dr. Woody Davis will present “An Update on the Cassini Mission” at 5 p.m. 

    - Dr. David Choi of the Goddard Space Flight Center, will present at 6 p.m. “Our Solar System in the Age of Planetary Exploration.” 

    - At twilight the viewing will begin; join NOVAC members in the fields of Sky Meadows State Park to take in the expanses of the night sky.  Members will be on hand to happily share views of the night sky and answer visitors’ questions.

The NOVAC motto is To Observe and to Help Others Observe.  NOVAC is a group of like minded individuals who enjoy learning and teaching others about astronomy.  Their primary purpose is to provide enjoyment and education to the public through amateur astronomy.  Members have the opportunity to connect with others who share a common interest and the opportunity to exchange ideas.  For more information about NOVAC and how to become a member visit their website.

Did you know our 35 state parks are open 365 days a year? You can also find detailed information about our trails including maps with GPS way points and video guides by clicking here and selecting the park of interest.

For general park information click here, contact the park office at 540-592-3556 or e-mail Sky Meadows State Park.

Sky Meadows State Park is located at 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA 20144-0710.  The park is less than two miles south of Paris, Va., via U.S. Route 50 to Route 17 South; or seven miles north of I-66, Exit 23 on Route 17 North. The park entrance is on State Route 710.

Published: 04/19/2012

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