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Old 08-12-2011, 04:57 PM
 
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I'd like to see tonight's Perseid meteor shower. Can anyone recommend a dark enough area in NoVa (I'm in Fairfax County near the border between Springfield and Alexandria)? Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-12-2011, 05:40 PM
 
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I'd like to see tonight's Perseid meteor shower. Can anyone recommend a dark enough area in NoVa (I'm in Fairfax County near the border between Springfield and Alexandria)? Thanks in advance!
I am glad that you asked this question, but sadly the light pollution in this area is horrible and with the full moon tonight, viewing for the Perseids is horrible. Your best bet is to get out of the city and go into the country. The Northern Virginia Astronomy Club has some great viewing sites, but most are reserved for their members (which you could easily join if you love star parties) and are not listed publicly since many are owned by private landowners.

Regardless, the moon is spoiling it all.

There are some great events coming up with NOVAC so if you are interested in other events, their website is The Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC). My husband and I have been really impressed with the size of this club. It is a really great group.

Hopefully others on this board have suggestions for areas in the country if you are willing to drive a bit. Since viewing doesn't really start until after midnight, you have some time to find that location. Good Luck!!
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:44 AM
 
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Thanks so much for the info!
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Old 08-13-2011, 03:52 PM
 
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Won't help with the Persoids but there will be a public night watch at Grrat Meadows out in The Plains on August 19. It is on their website. Fun to do, we took the kids out for it years ago.


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I am glad that you asked this question, but sadly the light pollution in this area is horrible and with the full moon tonight, viewing for the Perseids is horrible. Your best bet is to get out of the city and go into the country. The Northern Virginia Astronomy Club has some great viewing sites, but most are reserved for their members (which you could easily join if you love star parties) and are not listed publicly since many are owned by private landowners.

Regardless, the moon is spoiling it all.

There are some great events coming up with NOVAC so if you are interested in other events, their website is The Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC). My husband and I have been really impressed with the size of this club. It is a really great group.

Hopefully others on this board have suggestions for areas in the country if you are willing to drive a bit. Since viewing doesn't really start until after midnight, you have some time to find that location. Good Luck!!
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