Join a Star Party!


You need perfect dark for a proper stargazing experience.


Star Party host Sean O’Brien of the Museum’s Albert Einstein Planetarium will be at Sky Meadows State Park, guiding amateur astronomers on a journey through the star filled skies.
The sky you normally see, is polluted by artificial light. You may be able to see a few stars, but at Sky Meadows State Park, the sky is perfect dark–perfect stargazing conditions.
After a half hour “Junior Astronomer” program for children ages 5-12, is a presentation by a Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassador followed by night sky orientation. If the sky gets cloudy, there will only be the Junior Astronomer program.
Dress warm and bring $5 for parking. If you bring a flashlight, they ask you to cover it with a red filter or brown paper bag.

Sky Meadows State Park is west of Washington, D.C. on US Route 17 North, 1 mile south of US Route 50, or 7 miles north of Interstate 66, Exit 23. The park phone number is (540) 592-3556.

Happy Star Gazing!

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