Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Tuesday and Wednesday nights are you last chance to see the Comet Pan-STARRS from Arlington.
Clearing skies will give Northern Virginia skywatchers a pretty good shot at seeing the Comet Pan-STARRS Tuesday and Wednesday at dusk. Comet Pan-STARRS (also known as Comet Panstarrs), a glob of ice and dust from the heavens, was closest to Earth last Tuesday, but clouds from the snowstorm-that-wasn't prevented most in our area from seeing it. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, March 12 and 13, are the next best chance you have to see it. Space.com recommends looking toward the west to find the Comet Pan-STARRS, near the moon. Its bright dust tail might be visible to the naked eye, though some have suggested using binoculars (but only after sunset so not to injure the eyes) to see it. Unlike most meteor showers, the comet should be most …
Friday, January 18, 2013
The Inaugural Star Party is co-sponsored by NASA.
Meet an astronaut this weekend at Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium. NASA astronauts and other experts will be on hand at an Inaugural Star Party to answer questions about space explorations and mingle with the crowd, according to Alice Monet, president of the Friends of Arlington's Planetarium. Depending on the weather, there will also be stargazing with telescopes in the plaza surrounding the planetarium. | Gallery: Arlington Planetarium | The event, which is co-sponsored by NASA, will also feature several shows inside the planetarium. While most of the shows are sold out, unreserved seats for the 7:30 p.m. show will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All shows are free. You do not have to watch a show to meet with …
Saturday, September 29, 2012
View a video of highlights from opening day.
Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium reopened Friday morning following a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. View a video slideshow of Barrett Elementary School's fifth grade chorus singing "The Galaxy Song" along with photos from a brief demonstration inside the planetarium. Or watch a video of Alice Monet, president of the Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium, talking about what it is like to see her project reach fruition. Read more about the planeterium grand reopening event here.
Friday, September 28, 2012
The planetarium will have programs open to the public starting this weekend.
Following months of hard work by community volunteers and more than $1 million in renovations, Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium officially reopened Friday morning. Outfitted with the latest in dome theater technology, the 56-seat planetarium will gradually incorporate educational programming for all grades throughout the year. Following this weekend's celebratory shows, regular public programming begins Oct. 12. Gone are the tedious slide reels that had to be stitched together for productions. Digital technology is now in place, meaning stargazers are no longer bound to Earth — different programs can take viewers to different planets or satellites in order to look at the stars and other phenomena from different perspectives. "It was …