UPDATE: This event has been canceled due to inclement weather. However, the eclipse may be viewed from home if your sky is somewhat clear. The partial eclipse will be visible on the Moon beginning at 10:30 pm ET, and the total eclipse or "blood Moon" phase will begin at 11:30 pm and last until 12:55 am ET. 

Do you ever look up at the night sky and wonder what exactly you're seeing above you? We're here to help! Stargaze with us at our Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia! 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.

You’ll also have a chance to observe a total lunar eclipse, which will reach total eclipse around 11:30 pm ET.

Details

  • Stargazing is free and open to the public. 
  • The event is weather permitting. Check this page or call 202-633-2517 for the most up-to-date information.
  • 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

  • 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.

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