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Old 04-13-2013, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Fairfax
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You may have heard about the solar flare that will likely let us see the Northern lights. Unfortunately, light pollution will cause most of us not to see it. I'm thinking about going down I66 to Marshall, VA area (close to Rappahannock County). Does anyone have any better ideas or suggestions?
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Old 04-13-2013, 04:08 PM
 
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I'd suggest heading to the aptly named Sky Meadows State Park. It's located not far from Marshall and has an active skywatching/astronomy program. Here's their website:
Sky Meadows State Park

If you click on the events webpage, you can see that they have an astronomy program scheduled for tonight, starting at 7:00 pm:
Virginia State Parks Events Search Result

04/13/2013 7:00 p.m. Sky Meadows Outdoor/Nature/Natural History Astronomy for Everyone
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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They were not predicted this far south.

Aurora Forecast | Geophysical Institute
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Fairfax
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They were not predicted this far south.

Aurora Forecast | Geophysical Institute
Some sources predicted it, such as Accuweather.
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Fairfax
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I'd suggest heading to the aptly named Sky Meadows State Park. It's located not far from Marshall and has an active skywatching/astronomy program. Here's their website:
Sky Meadows State Park

If you click on the events webpage, you can see that they have an astronomy program scheduled for tonight, starting at 7:00 pm:
Virginia State Parks Events Search Result

04/13/2013 7:00 p.m. Sky Meadows Outdoor/Nature/Natural History Astronomy for Everyone
Thanks for the great suggestion! Of course there were no lights visible, but since we went to the astronomy night we still had a great time. I had wanted to attend one of those last year but never got around to it, so this was a happy coincidence.
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