Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium

Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium The Friends of Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, incorporated in May 2010, whose purpose is to continue to raise funds to make the Planetarium even better.
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The David M. Brown Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by the Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium and admini...
01/22/2020
Scholarships - Arlington Community Foundation

The David M. Brown Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by the Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium and administered through the Arlington Community Foundation. Students who wish to be considered for the 2020-2021 school year need to submit their application soon! The application deadline is February 3rd, 2020.
Go to the link below for more information about applying for any of the scholarships that ACF administers:

https://www.arlcf.org/scholarships

NASA is looking for your help! They need a name for the next Mars rover.
01/22/2020
Name the Rover Contest

NASA is looking for your help! They need a name for the next Mars rover.

Tell us your favorite name for NASA's next Mars rover.

The David M. Brown Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by the Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium and admini...
01/22/2020
Scholarships - Arlington Community Foundation

The David M. Brown Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by the Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium and administered through the Arlington Community Foundation. Students who wish to be considered for the 2020-2021 school year need to submit their application soon! The application deadline is February 3rd, 2020.
Go to the link below for more information about applying for any of the scholarships that ACF administers:

https://www.arlcf.org/scholarships

The David M. Brown Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by the Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium and admini...
01/22/2020
Scholarships - Arlington Community Foundation

The David M. Brown Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by the Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium and administered through the Arlington Community Foundation. Students who wish to be considered for the 2020-2021 school year need to submit their application soon! The appleication deadline is February 3rd, 2020.
Go to the link below for more information about applying for any of the scholarships that ACF administers:

https://www.arlcf.org/scholarships

The David M Brown Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by the Friends of Arlington's David M Brown Planetarium and administ...
01/22/2020
Scholarships - Arlington Community Foundation

The David M Brown Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by the Friends of Arlington's David M Brown Planetarium and administered through the Arlington Community Foundation. Students who wish to be considered for the 2020-2021 school year need to submit their application soon! The appleication deadline is February 3rd, 2020.
Go to the link below for more information about applying for any of the scholarships that ACF administers:

https://www.arlcf.org/scholarships

"One hallmark of a dark sky is the ability to behold the Milky Way. Because of light pollution, though, more than a thir...
01/19/2020
Stargazers fight to save the dazzling dark

"One hallmark of a dark sky is the ability to behold the Milky Way. Because of light pollution, though, more than a third of the people on Earth cannot see it from where they live, nor can 60 percent of Europeans or nearly 80 percent of North Americans."

Here's a link to a new article about the worldwide work of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) to create dark sky reserves, and the growing number of astronomy tourists who are looking for those dark skies.

Truly dark skies — our windows on the universe — are rarer than ever. But a movement to create dark-sky preserves is growing.

Save the dates for more events with the Friends of Arlington's Planetarium!
01/18/2020

Save the dates for more events with the Friends of Arlington's Planetarium!

Exoplanets are cool - but binary star systems can be complex!
01/16/2020
Can solar systems exist in a binary star system?

Exoplanets are cool - but binary star systems can be complex!

Astronomy.com is for anyone who wants to learn more about astronomy events, cosmology, planets, galaxies, asteroids, astrophotography, the Big Bang, black holes, comets, constellations, eclipses, exoplanets, nebulae, meteors, quasars, observing, telescopes, NASA, Hubble, space missions, stargazing,....

Thanks to everyone who came to our screening of "The City Dark" on Saturday - especially Maya Kaminski, who shared her s...
01/13/2020

Thanks to everyone who came to our screening of "The City Dark" on Saturday - especially Maya Kaminski, who shared her science fair project on light pollution measurement in Arlington!
And, of course, a special thanks to Milt Roney, our speaker from the International Dark-Sky Association, who talked about the latest developments regarding light pollution. You can find out more about The Dark-Sky Association at its website: https://www.darksky.org

There's only 1 more evening when this is open to the public, but for those who are able to get to Charlottesville on the...
01/12/2020

There's only 1 more evening when this is open to the public, but for those who are able to get to Charlottesville on the evening of February 1st, you can see the University of Virginia Rotunda Library transformed into a planetarium, as Thomas Jefferson originally envisioned!

More information about the Rotunda Planetarium project can be found at the following link:
http://www.rotundaplanetarium.org/

Don't forget to join us at 7:00pm tonight (Saturday, 1/11/2020) at the W-L High School Auditorium for our screening of t...
01/11/2020

Don't forget to join us at 7:00pm tonight (Saturday, 1/11/2020) at the W-L High School Auditorium for our screening of the documentary "The City Dark"!

Learn about how light pollution affects all of us - and find out what you can do about it.

Tickets are available online (at the link below) and at the door.

https://friendsoftheplanetarium.ticketleap.com/the-city-dark---film-screening/

Don't forget, tomorrow (Saturday, January 11th, 2020) is your double dose day of Friends of Arlington's Planetarium!At 9...
01/10/2020
The Friends of Arlington’s Planetarium

Don't forget, tomorrow (Saturday, January 11th, 2020) is your double dose day of Friends of Arlington's Planetarium!

At 9:30AM, all members can join us at the Langston-Brown community center for our annual meeting. Not a member? You can join at the meeting! Find out more about the organization, and how you can get involved!

At 7:00pm we're showing "The City Dark," a documentary film about the problem of light pollution. The film will be in the W-L High School auditorium, and will be followed by a short talk and Q&A by a representative from the International Dark-Sky Association.

To reserve your place at either event, you can go to our website: www.friendsoftheplanetarium.org

or directly at Ticketleap: https://friendsoftheplanetarium.ticketleap.com/

Interested in what's going to be happening in the sky in 2020? Here's a calendar with a few highlights. Please note that...
01/10/2020

Interested in what's going to be happening in the sky in 2020? Here's a calendar with a few highlights. Please note that not all of these events will be viewable from Virginia!
Feel free to download it and use it all year!

Light pollution robs us of the night sky. (Click on the photos below to see an example.) Find out more about light pollu...
01/09/2020

Light pollution robs us of the night sky. (Click on the photos below to see an example.) Find out more about light pollution and what you can do to help reduce it!
Come see the documentary "The City Dark" on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at 7:00pm in the W-L High School Auditorium. After the film, a representative from the International Dark-Sky Association will give a brief talk and answer questions.

Tickets are available online (and at the door):
https://friendsoftheplanetarium.ticketleap.com/the-city-dark---film-screening/

Light pollution is a real problem! It is about both intensity and color, and it affects the health of humans and other l...
01/06/2020
Chicago, the Night Should Not Look Like the Day

Light pollution is a real problem! It is about both intensity and color, and it affects the health of humans and other living creatures. Here's a recent article about light pollution issues in Chicago.
Want to know more? Come to our screening of the film "The CIty Dark" this Saturday, to find out more about light pollution and how you can help reduce it.
When: Saturday, 1/11/2020 7:00pm
Where: W-L High School auditorium.
Tickets are available online now!

https://friendsoftheplanetarium.ticketleap.com/the-city-dark---film-screening/

Chicago has been replacing its high-pressure sodium lamps with 3000K LEDs. They are finding many objections to the level of glare and brightness, but the Chicago Tribune editorial board came out wi…

It's the Friends of the Arlington Planetarium 2020 ANNUAL MEETING!On Saturday, January 11th, at 9:30am, we will hold the...
01/03/2020
Friends of the Planetarium Annual Meeting

It's the Friends of the Arlington Planetarium 2020 ANNUAL MEETING!
On Saturday, January 11th, at 9:30am, we will hold the organization's annual meeting - and you're invited! Come join us at the Langston-Brown Community Center, where we'll review the past year, and talk about plans for 2020 and beyond. Give us feedback on what we're doing, and tell us what you would like to see in the future. It's a great opportunity to meet the Board of Directors and even volunteer your own talents!
The meeting is open and free for all members (and prospective members!), but we'd like to know how many plan to attend, so we ask that you sign up through our online reservation system:

https://friendsoftheplanetarium.ticketleap.com/friends-of-the-planetarium-annual-meeting/

Are you interested in finding out more about the Friends of the Planetarium? Come to our annual meeting and learn who we are, what we're doing, and how you can get involved!We are looking for your feedback on our past programs and activities, and your suggestions for future events.And, of course, we...

Congratulations to astronaut Christina Koch, who now holds the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman! Yes...
12/29/2019

Congratulations to astronaut Christina Koch, who now holds the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman! Yesterday (12/28/19) she broke the old record of 288 days (held by astronaut Peggy Whitson) and Christina is scheduled to remain aboard the International Space Station for two more months!

The planet Saturn is named for the ancient Roman god of agriculture and the harvest. At this time of year the Romans hel...
12/24/2019

The planet Saturn is named for the ancient Roman god of agriculture and the harvest. At this time of year the Romans held a week long festival called Saturnalia, characterized by partying and a temporary overturning of the social order (pranks and role reversals).
There were also decorations, with garlands and wreaths hung at doors and windows. Outside, trees were decorated with ornaments representing gods, stars, and the sun.
The festival dates were December 17-23rd, so you'll have to wait till next year to participate in a Saturnalia celebration...

Whatever festival or holiday you may celebrate in this season of light, the Friends of Arlington's David M Brown Planetarium wish you and your family peace and joy.

Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium's cover photo
12/21/2019

Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium's cover photo

Happy Solstice to everyone! In Washington, DC the solstice is at 11:19 PM EST today, and marks the beginning of winter i...
12/21/2019
What is the Winter Solstice? - Sky & Telescope

Happy Solstice to everyone! In Washington, DC the solstice is at 11:19 PM EST today, and marks the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere.
This is the longest night of the year in northern hemisphere, and the shortest in southern hemisphere.
Want to know more? Go to one of the links below to learn about the solstice:

https://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-resources/what-is-the-winter-solstice/

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-winter-solstice-astronomy-christmas.html

https://petapixel.com/2019/07/17/this-is-the-worlds-first-solargraphy-timelapse/

The December solstice is when the Sun reaches its southernmost point in the sky. In the Northern Hemisphere it is the winter solstice and winter's start.

The Friends of the Planetarium want to extend a very special thanks to all our wonderful donors! Together, they contribu...
12/06/2019

The Friends of the Planetarium want to extend a very special thanks to all our wonderful donors! Together, they contributed more than $2000 for the David M. Brown Memorial Scholarship during our Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign.
Your generosity will help educate the next generation of Arlington scientists and engineers.

It's #GivingTuesday!The Friends of Arlington's David M Brown Planetarium are dedicating our fundraising this Giving Tues...
12/03/2019

It's #GivingTuesday!
The Friends of Arlington's David M Brown Planetarium are dedicating our fundraising this Giving Tuesday to the David M Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund. This college scholarship has, since its founding in 2013, been devoted to helping Arlington students attend college and pursue a STEM major.
Go to our special #GivingTuesday scholarship web page to donate!

https://friendsoftheplanetarium.org/givingtuesday/

As many of you know, tomorrow (Tuesday, 12/03/2019) is "Giving Tuesday." At The Friends of Arlington's David M Brown Pla...
12/03/2019

As many of you know, tomorrow (Tuesday, 12/03/2019) is "Giving Tuesday."
At The Friends of Arlington's David M Brown Planetarium, we're making our Giving Tuesday campaign all about the David M Brown scholarship. If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund, visit the following webpage:
https://friendsoftheplanetarium.org/givingtuesday/

Thanks for your support!
#GivingTuesday2019

After today, public shows at Arlington’s David M Brown Planetarium will be on hiatus until sometime in 2021. The Friends...
11/24/2019

After today, public shows at Arlington’s David M Brown Planetarium will be on hiatus until sometime in 2021.
The Friends of The Planetarium will continue to hold events, however, as well as keep you up to date on the planetarium’s status.

Don't miss out! This is the last weekend (11/22/19 - 11/24/19) for public planetarium shows before the temporary closure...
11/22/2019
Planetarium - Arlington Public Schools

Don't miss out! This is the last weekend (11/22/19 - 11/24/19) for public planetarium shows before the temporary closure of the building due to construction! For more information about the shows, go to the Arlington Public Schools web page for the planetarium:

https://www.apsva.us/planetarium-overview/

David M. Brown Planetarium 1426 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22207 703-228-6070 Our Fiftieth Anniversary September 1969 – September 2019. Fifty years of service to Arlington and the surrounding region. The David M. Brown Planetarium will be closed temporarily for about a year and a half beginni...

Happy 50th anniversary of Apollo 12's lunar landing! Here's an image of astronaut Alan Bean standing next to  Surveyor 3...
11/20/2019

Happy 50th anniversary of Apollo 12's lunar landing!
Here's an image of astronaut Alan Bean standing next to Surveyor 3. Apollo 12 performed a precision landing within about 600 ft of the robotic probe. You can see the lunar module "Intrepid" in the distance.

11/16/2019
Mercury Transit 2019 - 4K

Did you miss out and not get to see the transit of Mercury last Monday?
You can still view the transit by watching this timelapse video created from images taken by NASA's SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory).
And, just to put it in perspective - that little black dot of Mercury is about 3000 miles (over 4800 km) in diameter - wider than the continental United States.

Starting around approximately 1200 - 1808 UTC (7:00 am - 1:38pm ET) November 11, 2019, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory watched as Mercury move across the S...

Don't forget - Arlington Public Schools is presenting two more weekends of public shows (11/15/19 - 11/17/19 and 11/22/1...
11/15/2019
Planetarium - Arlington Public Schools

Don't forget - Arlington Public Schools is presenting two more weekends of public shows (11/15/19 - 11/17/19 and 11/22/19 - 11/24/19) at the planetarium before its temporary closure due to construction next door. Don't miss your chance to see a show inside the dome!

Please note that these are the regular APS programs, not managed by the Friends of the Planetarium, so the latest information is available at the schools web page:

https://www.apsva.us/planetarium-overview/

David M. Brown Planetarium 1426 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22207 703-228-6070 Our Fiftieth Anniversary September 1969 – September 2019. Fifty years of service to Arlington and the surrounding region. The David M. Brown Planetarium will be closed temporarily for about a year and a half beginni...

Unfortunately, Arlington is not the only location in the Washington, DC region with a planetarium going through a tempor...
11/11/2019
Farewell to the Zeiss Planetarium Projector

Unfortunately, Arlington is not the only location in the Washington, DC region with a planetarium going through a temporary shutdown. The Einstein planetarium in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum recently closed for a 2 year hiatus, due to museum renovation. Here is link to a comprehensive article about the history of that planetarium, and the retirement of its opto-mechanical projector.

https://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/farewell-zeiss-planetarium-projector

Since its opening, and until recent years, our Zeiss Model VIa optical planetarium projector has brought the wonder of the night sky to countless visitors. The Zeiss Company no longer services the over 40 year-old model, and though its stars are as sharp as ever, and its skies deep in their dramatic...

Thanks to the volunteers who helped set up sunspotters, binoculars and telescopes to view the transit of Mercury this mo...
11/11/2019

Thanks to the volunteers who helped set up sunspotters, binoculars and telescopes to view the transit of Mercury this morning! We hope everyone who stopped by enjoyed viewing the event.

Just a reminder that there are only TWO weekends of public shows remaining before the Arlington planetarium temporarily ...
11/11/2019

Just a reminder that there are only TWO weekends of public shows remaining before the Arlington planetarium temporarily closes due to construction on the building next door!

As of now it looks like most of the clouds may hold off until later in the morning, so we’re going to set up today on th...
11/11/2019

As of now it looks like most of the clouds may hold off until later in the morning, so we’re going to set up today on the W-L parking deck (the level closest to the 15th St entrance) to observe Mercury crossing in front of the Sun! Join us there between 9 and 11 am.

Transit of Mercury Update!The weather tomorrow is looking a bit iffy (clouds are predicted) but we currently plan to be ...
11/10/2019

Transit of Mercury Update!
The weather tomorrow is looking a bit iffy (clouds are predicted) but we currently plan to be at the W-L parking deck over I-66 (enter from 15th St) to try to see Mercury pass in front of the sun.
We hope to be there and set up between 9am and 11am for you to take a look - again, that's tomorrow, 11/11/2019.
*Check back here for final updates before you come - if there's no real chance that the sun will break through the clouds occasionally during the morning, we won't be there!
And remember - NEVER look directly at the sun without proper equipment to protect your eyes. Looking directly at the sun can cause permanent eye damage!

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Solar eclipse 2017 Orlando, FL
Solar Eclipse 2017 Orlando, Fl
This proposed designation would cover the Planetarium too.