Moongaze with us at our Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia on International Observe the Moon Night ! Join staff and members of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club for an evening of stargazing. We'll help you use our telescopes to observe planets, stars, and more.
- Moongazing is free and open to the public.
- The event is weather permitting and may be cancelled due to rain, clouds, and other poor visibility. For last-minute updates, call the Astronomy Education number at 202-633-2517,
- Bring warm clothes and a small flashlight. If possible, make your flashlight red by wrapping it in a brown paper bag or red cellophane.
- Parking is free after 4:00 pm. Please park at the south end of the main parking lot, and consider dimming your headlights as you approach.
- Stargazing is located at the south end of the Museum's parking lot. Look for staff with red flashlights to help guide you to the telescopes.
- Directions instructing visitors to park in the main parking lot but walk to the bus parking lot where the event takes place.
- Approach the Museum from the exit off Route 28
- Keep left after the parking entrance gate, and take the fifth driveway on the right to enter the south end of the main parking lot.
- Once parked, cross the road that’s close to the Museum and take the walkway through the trees to the stargazing area.
Astronomy programming is made possible by a gift from the Thomas W. Haas Foundation in honor of Phoebe Waterman Haas.