Shenandoah Stargazing

The crisp, clear Blue Ridge Mountains air in Shenandoah National Park makes everything brighter in the night sky. Stars sparkle with more intensity, and constellations come into clearer view. Shenandoah National Park offers a variety of night sky activities - including Twilight Hiking!

Night Skies

Night Skies - Shenandoah National Park

National Parks are becoming a refuge for people from city light pollution. Join amateur astronomers as they present a provocative presentation on controlling light pollution as you gaze at the heavenly stars through telescopes.

Held select Fridays at the Big Meadows Area (mile 51, inside the Rapidan Camp Gate). Free to all park visitors. A blanket, chair, and flashlight are recommended.

Presentation is cancelled if there is inclement weather. Call 540-999-2222 the day of the event to check on its status.

DATE      
TIME        
Fri, May 26  8:30 PM 
Fri, June 23  9:00 PM 
Fri, July 21  8:30 PM 
Sat, Aug 12 (Perseid Meteor Shower) 8:00 PM 
Fri, Sept 22  7:00 PM 
Fri, Oct 20  6:00 PM 

Let's Talk About Space In Shenandoah!

Galaxy Rising - © Greg Redfern

Join NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador Greg Redfern for engaging presentations about outer space!

"Under the Stars at Shenandoah National Park" - If the sky is clear after the presentation, guests will move outdoors to see the night sky in all its glory while listening to sky lore and fascinating sky facts!

Presentations are held select dates at Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge. Free to all park visitors. Program start time varies based on sunset.  A jacket is recommended and a flashlight is helpful.

Click Tabs For Schedule Details:

DATE      
TIME        
TOPIC
May 21  8:30 PM The Future of US Manned Spaceflight - Learn where NASA is headed, literally, with new manned spacecraft and rockets to launch the next generation of American astronauts. 
May 28  8:30 PM The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater - The world's 7th largest known impact crater is under the Chesapeake Bay at Cape Charles, VA. Hear the inside story, and view extremely rare geological samples from within CBIC. 
June 4  9:00 PM LADEE - NASA's Newest Mission to the Moon - Results of NASA's latest mission to the Moon, and the video Greg took just 2 miles from the launch pad. 
June 25  9:00 PM Inside the Historic 200-Inch Mount Palomar Hale Telescope - The famous ground based telescope used by the man the Hubble Space Telescope is named for and seen by Einstein. 
July 16  9:00 PM This Isn't Your Granddaddy's Moon - Learn the latest about the missions sent to the Moon by NASA, China, and India - plus manned efforts.
July 30  9:00 PM New Horizons To Pluto - Learn about the famous dwarf planet from discovery to flyby.
Aug 13  9:00 PM The Lives of the Stars - How do the stars, including our Sun, shine? How are they born, how do they live, and - ultimately - die? You'll never look at the stars the same after you learn their secrets.
Aug 27  9:00 PM The Universe and You - Learn about the fascinating Universe in which you live, are made from, and are part of.
Sept 10  8:00 PM JWST-NASA's Successor to Hubble Space Telescope (HST) - The 2018 space telescope successor to HST seen up close and personal with the latest pics and information direct from NASA. 
Sept 24  8:00 PM So, You Want To Be An Astrophotographer? - This engaging presentation will teach the basics of how to photograph Shenandoah National Park and its night skies. 
Oct 8  8:00 PM The Sky IS Falling - Space Rocks and You - Learn about meteorites and see actual meteorites from Mars, Chelyabinsk, Russia, and the Moon. 
Oct 22  8:00 PM The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater - The world's 7th largest known impact crater is under the Chesapeake Bay at Cape Charles, VA. Hear the inside story, and view extremely rare geological samples from within CBIC. 
Nov 5  8:00 PM The Future of US Manned Spaceflight - Learn where NASA is headed, literally, with new manned spacecraft and rockets to launch the next generation of American astronauts. 
Nov 19  8:00 PM This Isn't Your Granddaddy's Moon - Learn the latest about the missions sent to the Moon by NASA, China, and India - plus manned efforts. 
DATE      
TIME        
TOPIC
May 11  8:30 PM  So, You Want To Be An Astrophotographer? - This engaging presentation will teach the basics of how to photograph Shenandoah National Park and its night skies.
May 25 8:30 PM  The Sky IS Falling - Space Rocks and You - Learn about meteorites and see actual meteorites from Mars, Chelyabinsk, Russia, and the Moon. 
June 8  9:00 PM The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater - The world's 7th largest known impact crater is under the Chesapeake Bay at Cape Charles, VA. Hear the inside story, and view extremely rare geological samples from within CBIC. 
June 22  9:00 PM The Future of US Manned Spaceflight - Learn where NASA is headed, literally, with new manned spacecraft and rockets to launch the next generation of American astronauts. 
July 6  9:00 PM LADEE - NASA's Newest Mission to the Moon - Results of NASA's latest mission to the Moon, and the video Greg took just 2 miles from the launch pad. 
July 20  9:00 PM This Isn't Your Granddaddy's Moon - Learn the latest about the missions sent to the Moon by NASA, China, and India - plus manned efforts. 
Aug 3  9:00 PM Inside the Historic 200-Inch Mount Palomar Hale Telescope - The famous ground based telescope used by the man the Hubble Space Telescope is named for and seen by Einstein.  
Aug 17 9:00 PM New Horizons To Pluto - Learn about the famous dwarf planet from discovery to flyby. 
Aug 31  9:00 PM The Lives of the Stars - How do the stars, including our Sun, shine? How are they born, how do they live, and - ultimately - die? You'll never look at the stars the same after you learn their secrets. 
Sept 7  8:00 PM The Universe and You - Learn about the fascinating Universe in which you live, are made from, and are part of. 
Sept 28 8:00 PM JWST-NASA's Successor to Hubble Space Telescope (HST) - The 2018 space telescope successor to HST seen up close and personal with the latest pics and information direct from NASA. 
Oct 12  8:00 PM So, You Want To Be An Astrophotographer? - This engaging presentation will teach the basics of how to photograph Shenandoah National Park and its night skies.
Oct 26  8:00 PM The Sky IS Falling - Space Rocks and You - Learn about meteorites and see actual meteorites from Mars, Chelyabinsk, Russia, and the Moon. 
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