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 while they point out the heavenly stars.

Binoculars are required as telescopes will not be provided this season. Guests must supply their own binoculars for celestial viewing.

Social distancing and masks are required due to current pandemic concerns. Please do not attend if you are feeling sick or have an elevated temperature.

Held select Fridays at the Big Meadows Area (mile 51, outside the Rapidan Camp Gate). Free to all park visitors. Participants must bring their own binoculars, and a blanket, chair, and flashlight are recommended.

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

Upcoming Night Skies Events

DATE TIME TOPIC
 Apr 22   8:00 PM   Earth Day, Lyrids Meteor Shower ZHR 20 
 Apr 29   8:30 PM   Mercury, M44, M13. Mercury at greatest Eastern elongation 
 May 15   8:30 PM   M44, M13, Total Lunar Eclipse (Totality Start: 11:29 PM)
 May 27   8:30 PM   M44, M13, M57 (Ring Nebula)
 Jun 3   9:00 PM   18% Crescent Moon, M44, M13, M57 (Ring Nebula)
 Jun 17   9:00 PM   M44, M13, M57 (Ring Nebula), Milky Way, 80% Moonrise 12:30 AM 
 Jul 1   9:00 PM   8% Crescent Moon, M13, M57 (Ring Nebula), Milky Way
 Jul 15   9:00 PM   M57 (Ring Nebula), Milky Way, Saturn, 92% Full Moon rises 10:30 PM 
 Jul 29   8:30 PM   M57 (Ring Nebula), Milky Way, Saturn, 1.6% Crescent Moon, end of Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower, 
 ZHR 20, Pisces Austrinid Meteor Shower ZHR 5, early alpha Capricornid Meteor Shower ZHR 5
 Aug 12   8:30 PM   PERSEID Meteor Shower, Saturn, SuperMoon, Jupiter
 Aug 26   8:00 PM  Mercury, Milky Way, Saturn, Jupiter. Mercury at greatest Eastern elongation
 Sept 2   8:00 PM  Moon, Saturn, Jupiter. End of Aurigid Meteor Shower ZHR 6
 Sept 16   7:30 PM   Milky Way, Saturn, Jupiter. Moon/Mars late
 Sept 30   7:30 PM   28% Crescent Moon, Milky Way, Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus. Mars late
 Oct 14   7:00 PM   Milky Way, Saturn, Jupiter. Moon/Mars late. End of Delta Aurigid Meteor Shower ZHR 2
 Oct 28   6:30 PM   15% Crescent Moon, Milky Way, Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus. Mars late
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