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ASTEROID DAY at George Mason University Observatory
30 June 2015
All Talks Research Hall Room 163

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Check back often to see updates and changes in scheduling.

Also checkout these links:
International Asteroid Day
Association of Space Explorers
George Mason University
Northern Virginia Astronomy Club
Sun/Moon Rise/Set and Phases for DC metro for 2015 by Milt Roney

The George Mason University Observatory at the Fairfax Campus building Research Hall (see campus map here) officially opened 24 January 2007. There are a number of informal night sky observing sessions scheduled throughout the regular semester. Attendance at these sessions is open to all students, faculty, staff and the interested public. The primary telescope used in the observatory atop the pier is the 0.8m (~32") Ritchey-Chretien telescope. There is a 12 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope used on the patio that provides good views of the sky as well. We still possess the 6" refractor originally built by GMU students in 1975 (it is on display in the glass alcove).

Please note that the observing session will be canceled if the sky is more than half overcast one hour before the session is scheduled to begin, or if it is too windy (>20mph) to open the observatory dome. If in doubt, check weather forecast here or here, and check the Clear Sky Chart for the area . HOWEVER, ALL TALKS WILL TAKE PLACE REGARDLESS OF THE WEATHER.

The location of the observing sessions is the observatory at Research Hall. Access to the observatory is limited. Guests will be met in Research Hall lobby by the main elevators. If you are late, you can stay by the elvators and someone will meet you, after you call the observatory at 703-993-9558 and have been acknowledged by observatory personnel.
NOTE: The observatory deck has very rough flooring. Guests are advised to WEAR ONLY CLOSED TOED SHOES. NO SANDALS or other open toed shoes.
To learn more about the observatory visit the observatory website.

Photographs from the 1st Asteroid Day event at George Mason University

ASTEROID DAY EVENT SCHEDULE - Subject to change without prior notice

All during the day (starting at 1 PM) there will be telescopes on display from the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club and observing of the Sun (weather permitting) while the Sun is above our horizon at Research Hall.


Please attend for your own enjoyment! All are invited, so bring a friend.

Dr. Harold Geller
Observatory Director
College of Science
School of Physics, Astronomy and Computational Science
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22030