Exploring the Sky


Come See the Stars!
2018 Schedule

Month Day Time Things of Interest
April 7 8:30 PM Winter constellations last gasp
May 5 9:00 PM Jupiter rising; Big Dipper high
June 2 9:00 PM Venus and Jupiter visible; Vega rising
July 14 9:00 PM Summer Triangle; First quarter moon and Jupiter in Libra
August 11 8:30 PM Three planetst; Andromeda rising
September 1 8:00 PM Vega overhead; Now four planets!
October 6 7:30 PM Summer triangle is directly overhead; Mars
November 17 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 4, 2018

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Mailing Address:

5200 Glover Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20015


(202) 895-6000
Rock Creek Park administrative offices can be reached at 202-895-6000. For general information call 202-895-6070 Wednesday - Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and dial 0.

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