Exploring the Sky


Come See the Stars!
2019 Schedule

Month Day Time Things of Interest
April 6 8:30 PM Winter constellations last gasp
May 4 9:00 PM Mars prominent; Big Dipper high
June 1 9:00 PM Mars setting; Vega rising
July 6 9:00 PM Summer Triangle; First quarter moon and Jupiter rising
August 10 8:30 PM Jupiter and Saturn high; Andromeda rising
September 7 8:00 PM Vega overhead; Moon, Jupiter and Saturn in a row!
October 5 7:30 PM Summer triangle is directly overhead; First Quarter Moon
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: https://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/planetarium.htm or http://www.capitalastronomers.org

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

Last updated: February 23, 2019

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Mailing Address:

5200 Glover Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20015


(202) 895-6000
Rock Creek Park's main phone line.

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