Messier Marathon

This is the night to find as many of the 110 Messier objects as possible. Several observing locations. More details coming!

Night Skies at Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park

Big Meadows Skyline Dr Mile 51, Shenandoah National Park, VA 22835, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

National Parks are becoming a refuge for people from city light pollution. Guests will be instructed in constellation identification, astronomical objects locations and how to use binoculars for astronomy. Lyrids Meteror Shower near the peak tonight! Telescope views will be available. Free to all park visitors. Binoculars, a blanket, chair,...

Free

Night Skies at Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park

Big Meadows Skyline Dr Mile 51, Shenandoah National Park, VA 22835, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

National Parks are becoming a refuge for people from city light pollution. Guests will be instructed in constellation identification, astronomical objects locations and how to use binoculars for astronomy. Highlights tonight will be Mercury shortly after sunset, the Beehive Cluster (M44) and the Great Hercules Globular Cluster (M13). Free to...

Free

May CAS Meeting

Leander McCormick Observatory 600 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA
Free

First Fridays at Ivy Creek – Star Party Edition!

Ivy Creek Natural Area 1780 Earlysville Road, Charlottesville, VA

Learn from a short indoor astronomy lecture about the upcoming events in the heavens. Then after the skies darken CAS volunteers will help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society’s telescopes or bring your own. Free and open to all! The Astronomy Presentation in the Education Center from 8:00...

Free

Group Night at McCormick Observatory

McCormick Observatory 600 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, VA

CAS will host this private event for an astronomy presentation in the classroom and then the group will observe the night sky with 26" McCormick telescope. The group this evening will be a local home school group of about 20 attendees of 7th to 10th graders, siblings and parents.

Free

Night Skies at Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park

Big Meadows Skyline Dr Mile 51, Shenandoah National Park, VA 22835, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

National Parks are becoming a refuge for people from city light pollution. Guests will be instructed in constellation identification, astronomical objects locations and how to use binoculars for astronomy. Full Lunar Eclipse this evening starting at 9:30 pm and reaching full totality at 11:29 pm. Free to all park visitors....

Free

Lunar Eclipse Viewing

McCormick Observatory

Don't forget we will have a full lunar eclipse this month!  Eclipse starts at about 9:30 pm and will be full eclipse about 11:30 pm.  Full Eclipse until 12:53 am and then partial eclipse for the next two hours.

Free

Group Night at McCormick Observatory

McCormick Observatory 600 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, VA

CAS will host this private event for an astronomy presentation in the classroom and then the group will observe the night sky with 26" McCormick telescope. The group this evening will be 40 families associated with UVA Children's Hospital during this May Mental Health Month.

Free

Night Skies at Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park

Big Meadows Skyline Dr Mile 51, Shenandoah National Park, VA 22835, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

National Parks are becoming a refuge for people from city light pollution. Guests will be instructed in constellation identification, astronomical objects locations and how to use binoculars for astronomy. Full Highlights tonight will be the Beehive Cluster (M44), the Great Orion Globular Cluster (M13) and the Ring Nebula (M57). Free...

Free