• Rock Creek

    Rock Creek

    Park District of Columbia

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  • UPDATE - Temporary Ramp Closure: Rock Creek Parkway at P Street, NW

    Monday, April 14 (8:00 am) thru Saturday, April 19 (5 pm) the ramp from P Street onto the northbound Rock Creek Parkway will be closed for repairs resulting from a storm sewer failure. For additional information, please contact DC Water at 202-787-2202

  • April 1 - 25, 2014: Beach Drive Closures for Pothole Repairs

    There will be intermittent closures on Beach Drive from the Maryland line to the intersection with the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway. Closures will be on weekdays, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway Lane Closures and Construction Update Spring 2014

    Construction work on Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway at Waterside Drive continues. There will be lane closures between rush hours to accommodate work on the roadway, multi-use trail and infrastructure. More »

Exploring the Sky

Telescope
 

Come See the Stars!
2013 Schedule



Month Day Time Things of Interest
April 6 8:30 PM Winter constellations; Jupiter
May 4 9:00 PM Saturn rising; the Beehive in Cancer; Big Dipper high
June 1 9:00 PM Mercury and Venus setting; Vega rising
July 13 9:00 PM Summer Triangle; Moon passing near Virgo
August 10 8:30 PM Saturn near Spica; Andromeda rising
September 7 8:00 PM Cassiopeia level with Polaris; Venus near Spica
October 5 7:30 PM Vega overhead
November 2 7:00 PM Pleiades and winter constellations appear


Exploring the Sky is an informal program that for over sixty years has offered monthly opportunities for anyone in the Washington area to see the stars and planets through telescopes from a location within the District of Columbia.

Sessions are held in Rock Creek Park once each month on a Saturday night from April through November, starting shortly after sunset. We meet in the field just south of the intersection of Military and Glover Roads NW, near the Nature Center. A parking lot is located immediately next to the field.

Beginners (including children) and experienced stargazers are all welcome-and it's free!

Questions? Call the Nature Center at (202) 895-6070 or check the Internet sites: http://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/planetarium.htm or http://www.capitalastronomers.org

A presentation of the National Park Service and National Capital Astronomers.

Did You Know?

Parkway Motor Company

When the National Park Service bought the Old Stone House in the 1950's it was occupied by the Parkway Motors used car lot.