Skywatching Programs

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Skywatching, August 10, Moon Movie Fest & a Show (Perseid's Meteor Shower)
Skywatching, October 5, International Observe the Moon Night
Skywatching, October 26, Saturn

Turn your eyes skyward and enjoy the amazing sites from Observatory Park, home to the historic Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory.

Observatory Park will be dark, but please do not bring a bright flashlight; bring a red light as it will be less intrusive to other watchers. Red cellophane will be available to cover any white light flashlights. Also adjust the brightness of electronic devices.

Limited parking for those with accessibility tags is available onsite. Parking is also available at the field at the corner of DeSellum & Rt. 355 – 2 blocks from the park. No amenities available on site. Alcohol is not permitted at events in City parks.

Events at Observatory Park could be cancelled or modified at the last moment if conditions, including inclement weather and cloud cover, are not conducive to Skywatching. Please check the Community Museum Facebook page for last minute announcements.

Schedule

  • 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing
    Saturday, July 20, 2019 • 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
    Join us in commemorating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the Moon. Hands-on activities, telescope viewing, and more will be part of the evening festivities. Check back for more details.

  • Moon Movie Fest & a Show (Perseid's Meteor Shower)
    Saturday, August 10, 2019 • 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
    This will be our first ever movie night in Observatory Park. Based on a true story, The Dish takes a comical & fictionalized look at the 1969 space mission that marked mankind’s first steps on the moon and why NASA relied on a radio telescope in the middle of an Australian sheep farm to bring the images back to Earth. It was the top grossing Australian film in the year 2000. Rated PG-13 (brief strong language, social drinking & smoking).

    Stay for a viewing of the Perseid's Meteor Shower. While this isn’t the peak, there should still be plenty of shooting stars to see.

  • International Observe the Moon Night
    Saturday, October 5, 2019 • 6 – 8 p.m.
    Join us, and astronomy enthusiasts all over the world, in observing the Moon. Hands-on activities and tours of the Observatory will be available. Check back for specific activities.

  • Saturn & Nebula
    Saturday, October 26, 2019 • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Join us, and astronomy enthusiasts all over the world, in observing Saturn. We will be looking at Saturn and for one of the visible nebula in the Milky Way. Hands-on activities and tours of the Observatory will be available.

    Limited accessible parking adjacent to the park. Field parking will not be available. Parking is available in Olde Towne & Activity Center. Please be considerate of street parking within the neighborhood.

Additional Skywatch programs may be planned depending on weather, staffing, and public interest. Please contact the Gaithersburg Community Museum to express interest in additional Skywatch programming.

Some of the Gaithersburg Community Museum skywatching and educational programs are supported by The Explore Science: Earth & Space project, led by the Science Museum of Minnesota, in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits are developed and distributed nationwide by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net). The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) is a national community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement and understanding of current science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). For more information about NISE Net and to download a digital Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit please visit: www.nisenet.org

This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC67A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).