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Astronomy group sets foray to dark skies

Astronomy group sets foray to dark skies

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The Northern Virginia Astronomy Club is partnering with Fauquier County Parks for “Star Gaze 2022,” to be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 5 to 11 p.m. at C.M. Crockett Park, 10066 Rogues Road in Midland.

The free family-friendly event is a chance for visitors to enjoy safe solar observation through members’ telescopes and hear explanations of topics related to space, followed after dark by a “sky tour” of constellations and the stars and planets that can be seen without a telescope.

The public can then walk the grounds and look through members telescopes at objects that are visible, including Jupiter and Saturn.

“Crockett Park is one of the darkest places within easy reach of D.C. and its suburbs, so the Milky Way and faint objects in the sky should be visible, providing the clouds cooperate,” organizers said. “There will be many ’scopes on the field, so there will be a variety of stars, galaxies and other objects to be seen, and no long waits to get to an eyepiece.”

No registration is required. For information on the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club, see the Website at www.novac.com.

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