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John Sojka’s image of the Rosette Nebula, taken in his backyard in Virginia
Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wished you knew more about what you were seeing? Before the Perseid meteor shower comes in mid-August, take a day to learn everything you need to know to become an amateur astronomer in the greater Washington, D.C., area.
The local astronomy community is filled with people who share their expertise on what to observe, how to photograph it, and whether to buy, build, or borrow a telescope. You’ll learn where the skies are darkest in your area, and what to observe when light pollution makes urban astronomy a challenge.
Participants can also browse an information fair with star charts, information from local astronomy clubs, and other resources for observation and education.
10–11 a.m. The Basics: How To Read the Sky
Carrie Fitzgerald, professor of Astronomy, Montgomery College
11 a.m.–12 p.m. All About Telescopes
Woody Davis, NASA Solar System Ambassador
12–1 p.m. Lunch (participants bring their own)
1–2 p.m. Astro-photography
John Sojka, Northern Virginia Astronomy Club
2–3 p.m. Beyond the Moon and Planets (What To See Next; How To See It):
Jay Miller, National Capital Astronomers
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)