Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Leonid meteor shower will peak Saturday and next Tuesday.
Keep your eyes on the sky over Arlington late Saturday and early Sunday, as the famous Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak in the pre-dawn hours. These meteors move quickly — about 40 miles per second — and can leave trails of smoke, according to Astronomy Magazine. They will appear to radiate from the constellation Leo and can vary in color. "Many Leonids are also bright. Usually, the meteors are white or bluish-white, but in recent years some observers reported yellow-pink and copper-colored ones," according to Astronomy Magazine. If you miss the show Saturday night, the meteor shower is expected to peak again Tuesday. Leonids are spawned by the comet Tempel-Tuttle, according to Space.com. This shower is called the Leonids shower …
Saturday, September 29, 2012
View a video of highlights from opening day.
Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium reopened Friday morning following a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. View a video slideshow of Barrett Elementary School's fifth grade chorus singing "The Galaxy Song" along with photos from a brief demonstration inside the planetarium. Or watch a video of Alice Monet, president of the Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium, talking about what it is like to see her project reach fruition. Read more about the planeterium grand reopening event here.
Friday, September 28, 2012
The planetarium will have programs open to the public starting this weekend.
Following months of hard work by community volunteers and more than $1 million in renovations, Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium officially reopened Friday morning. Outfitted with the latest in dome theater technology, the 56-seat planetarium will gradually incorporate educational programming for all grades throughout the year. Following this weekend's celebratory shows, regular public programming begins Oct. 12. Gone are the tedious slide reels that had to be stitched together for productions. Digital technology is now in place, meaning stargazers are no longer bound to Earth — different programs can take viewers to different planets or satellites in order to look at the stars and other phenomena from different perspectives. "It was …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
For many, the event would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
A little after 6 p.m. Tuesday, Northern Virginia residents will have an opportunity to witness one of the rarest predictable celestial events: a transit of Venus. Often referred to as the "Evening Star" or "Morning Star," Venus is the brightest natural object in our sky after the sun and the moon. It's also the second planet from the sun. A "transit" of Venus occurs when Venus passes between Earth and the sun in such a way that we can see Venus's silhouette backlit by the sun's brilliant light. It last happened in 2004, but it won't happen again until 2117. Unless you plan to shatter some human longevity records, this is probably your last chance. Were Venus either large enough or close enough to block out the sun's light as it passed, we…
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Friends of the Planetarium is hosting exciting upcoming events to raise money for Arlington's planetarium.
After worrying about a potential budget shortfall, Arlington Public Schools announced their decision to pull the plug on Arlington's one and only planetarium. Local astronomy-lovers were not going to let the building go down without a fight. After creating a petition, the members of the nonprofit organization, Friends of the Planetarium, have done everything in their power to keep the planetarium up and running by raising the money requirements set by the school superintendent. "I've been an Arlington citizen for most of my life. I went to the planetarium when it first opened over 40 years ago and it was what led me to want to be an astronomer. I would love to keep it open and have it spark that interest in others, especially children," …