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Christmas 2018

 

Art & Science

 

Planetary Paint & Sip

 

Exoplanets: Special Weekend October 19-21

 

Eat to Help the Planetarium

 

VOLCANOES

 

Friends of the Planetarium 2018–2019 Schedule

 

Special Events This Weekend - June 16-17!

 

May Special Weekend: Motion of the Heavens: Galileo and Newton

 

Collision Course with Earth: April 20 - 22

 

Fundraiser at Lost Dog Cafe: Thursday, April 26th, 2018

 

March Friends Weekend: Stargazing 101

 

2018 SMASH Contest: Deadline Today

 

February Weekend: Darwin & Date Night

 

Ocean of New Worlds

 

2018 Annual Meeting

 

Beacon in the Winter Sky

 

Important Update for Sunday, 11/19/17!

 

Lunar Wonders

 

Our Redesign

 

35th Annual NOVAC Star Gaze Saturday, October 21, 2017

 

Immense Telescopes that Sail the Night Above

 

Upload Your 2017 Eclipse Images

 

Icy Frontier of the Solar System

 

Summertime and the Viewing is Easy

 

Rockets, Probes & Space Stations

 

The Art of Science

 

Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Exploring Evolution & Celebrating Darwin Day

 

January, 2017 FOTP Events: Citizen Science and the Friends' Annual Meeting

 

The 2016 SMASH Contest is Now Open

 

Science and the Christmas Star

 

November Friends Weekend: “On the Shoulders of Giants”

 

November Friends Weekend: Advance Notice

 

September Friends Weekend: Amateur Astronomy, Telescopes and Stargazing

 

Welcome Back: the September Friends' Weekend

 

The 2016 Perseid Meteors

 

Friends of the Planetarium 2017–2018 Schedule

 

June Friends' Weekend: PLANETS

 

May 20-22: Transits and Eclipses

 

View the Transit of Mercury

 

Human Space Exploration

 

Panel Discussion on Science Fiction and Future Technology on March 20th, 2016

 

March 2016 Friends Weekend - Science Fiction Festival!

 

February Friends' Weekend: Darwin and Evolution

 

2016 Annual Meeting

 

FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM JANUARY WEEKEND, January 15-17, 2016: “ALL ABOUT TIME!”

 

Science and the Christmas Star

 

Friends of the Planetarium November Weekend: A Tribute to Carl Sagan

 

The Second Annual Tribute to Carl Sagan

 

“If you seek his memorial, look about you”

 

Friends of the Planetarium October 2015 Weekend

 

The Planetarium Calendar

 

The 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Fall Fundraising Festival

 

September 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Weekend: Fall Fundraising Kick-Off

 

Friends of the Planetarium 2015-2016 Schedule

 

The Final Friends Weekend of the Season

 

June 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Programming: The Sun

 

Community Events

 

May 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Programming: robots

 

April 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Programming: NASA

 

Planetarium Invaded and Occupied by Galactic Empire

 

March 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Programming: Science Fiction

 

The 2015 SMASH Contest is Now Open

 

Natural Selection - Extra Screening

 

February 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Programming: LIFE!

 

Friends' Annual Meeting on January 24th

 

January 2015 Friends of the Planetarium Programming: LASERS!

 

Annie Jump Cannon’s Birthday

 

December 2014 Friends of the Planetarium programming: Science and the Christmas Star

 

NOVEMBER 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING - A Tribute to Cosmos

 

The Partial Solar Eclipse of October 23, 2014

 

OCTOBER 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING

 

SUCCESS! Friends' Fantastic Fall Fundraising Fest

 

MEET ISAAC NEWTON! Sept. 20, 2014 – Free Events

 

SEPTEMBER 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING: Sept. 19-21, 2014

 

2014 DAVID M. BROWN SCHOLARSHIP Winner Honored

 

Friends of the Planetarium 2014-2015 Schedule

 

International Space Station (ISS) Flyover

 

JUNE 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING: June 13-15, 2014

 

MAY 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING: May 16-18, 2014

 

April 2014 Science and Engineering Festival

 

Exoplanet weekend kickoff

 

MARCH 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING

 

Moon Reflections

 

FEBRUARY 2014 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING

 

2014 Annual Meeting Wrap-up

 

Annual Meeting on January 11, 2014

 

Brig Pari is ISCC Woman of the Year

 

DECEMBER 2013 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING

 

Rocket Launch Today!

 

Comet ISON Photo Contest

 

This Morning’s Solar Eclipse: a Post-Mortem

 

NOVEMBER 2013 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING

 

Sunday Science: the MAVEN Mission to Mars

 

Comet ISON Still Intact

 

Announcing the 2nd Annual SMASH Contest

 

OCTOBER 2013 FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING

 

This Year's Friends' Weekends

 

Annual Review 2012-2013

 

History

 

Donors

 

The Board, Advisory Council, and Corporation

 

September Friends of the Planetarium Programming

 

Maria Mitchell's Birthday

 

Astronomy News

6/9/2018 17:41 Jocelyn Bell Burnell wins $3 million prize for discovering pulsars: We regularly recognize J. B. Burnell’s birthday here, and her role in discovering pulsars, with a commemorative illustration. Now she has been rewarded with the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. She is using the money to establish a scholarship.
27/7/2018 12:02 There Was No Big Bang Singularity: Descriptions of the Universe’s origins as a singularity, although common even on the part of cosmologists, are out of date.
26/7/2018 9:01 Gravitational redshift observed from star orbiting black hole: An impressive confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity.
18/7/2018 10:28 Ten New Moons Discovered Around Jupiter: ‘The newly plotted moons of Jupiter include one “oddball” that orbits in the wrong direction and may be the remnant of a head-on collision.’
15/7/2018 11:18 Space Debris Lands in Kazakhstan: A fireball in the sky leads to a fire on the ground and the discovery of rocket parts, as yet unidentified.
13/7/2018 22:01 Get Some Heaven on Earth at Observatory Park at Turner Farm: ‘Take a guided tour of the heavens at “Family Fun Night at the Telescope” at Observatory Park at Turner Farm.’ The cost is $8 per person. Visit the link for location and details.
6/7/2018 15:27 The aphelion occurs today: “On Friday, Earth will swing toward the outermost point in its orbit, known as aphelion. You, me and everyone on the planet will be three million miles farther from the sun than when we are closest to it.”
26/1/2018 14:47 Astronomers enraged by huge man-made star: “This is stupid, vandalises the night sky and corrupts our view of the cosmos”.
15/1/2018 22:47 Mystery funders of Arecibo radio telescope can celebrate an early success: “Dish saved from demolition gets best look yet at fast radio bursts.”
6/12/2017 11:39 Giant Planetarium Opens in New Jersey: The Hayden Planetarium could fit inside “with room to spare.”
3/12/2017 10:37 How to See the Brightest Supermoon of 2017: The “December 3 full moon will be relatively close to Earth and will appear about seven percent larger and 16 percent brighter than usual.”
27/11/2017 10:12 NASA’s next flagship telescope is “not executable” in its current form: A new report questions the viability of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope and criticizes NASA’s management practices.
12/8/2017 12:27 Planning for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: This excellent, illustrated guide from 2015 covers weather, roads, crowds, navigation, and strategies for wrangling photographic equipment. And more.
28/7/2017 18:09 Travel the path of the solar eclipse: A great interactive aid for planning your eclipse viewing.
20/6/2017 7:39 Nighttime Rocket Launch To Create Colorful Clouds in Space: The much delayed NASA sounding rocket has a good chance of lifting off tonight too many clouds again — next attempt on June 24th with a launch window between 9:07 and 9:22 p.m. from Wallops Island, Virginia, considering the weather report. The launch window is from 9:06 to 9:21 pm local time. “Canisters will deploy between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch releasing blue-green and red vapor to form artificial clouds. These clouds, or vapor tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space. The clouds may be visible along the mid-Atlantic coastline from New York to North Carolina.”
12/6/2017 22:34 Interesting Wallops Launch Tomorrow: It’s been delayed twice, but with luck NASA will launch a sounding rocket from Wallops Island, Virginia, tomorrow night between 9:04 and 9:19 p.m. local time. “Canisters will deploy between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch releasing blue-green and red vapor to form artificial clouds. These clouds, or vapor tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space. The clouds may be visible along the mid-Atlantic coastline from New York to North Carolina.”
23/5/2017 10:40 Staff Recommends Denying Historic Designation for Potential High School Site: “Under the plan for historic designation, the Education Center and the adjacent David M. Brown Planetarium would be saved from possible demolition [...] School Board members do not support pursuing historic designation”.
4/5/2017 18:53 Ever want to ask a real life astronaut a question? Here’s your chance!: Astronaut Jeanette Epps will be taking your questions in an Answer Time session on Friday, May 5 from 10am - 11am ET here on NASA’s Tumblr.
26/4/2017 16:46 Planetariums — not just for kids: “Planetariums are not just for education, or even astronomy: they could display all sorts of data, if only scientists thought to use them”.

Star chart for Arlington