Note: this program has been cancelled due to weather. The description below is being kept for reference.


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

Join Museum staff and members of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club for a view of the night sky. Experienced people will help you to observe a variety of things, including planets, stars, and the Moon.

Please leave your personal telescopes at home; all equipment will be provided for this event.


  • Stargazing 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.
  • We recommend bringing layers of clothing and a small flashlight covered with red cellophane or brown paper.
  • 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 in the bus lot at the south end of the Museum's parking lot. Look for red lanterns to help guide you to the telescopes.
Astronomy Moon (Earth) Telescopes Solar System
Sponsored by
Thomas W. Haas Foundation
Otto Haas Charitable Trust
The Waterman Trust
Wyncote Foundation
How to attend Bus Parking Lot


  • 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. Red lanterns will guide you.