Member/Business Meeting:

Monday, July 8, 2024 - 7:00 PM - Location To Be Determined

Directions available via e-mail, upon request.

SMAS Observing Sessions at the Nanjemoy Creek Observatory (NCO),
located at the Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center (NCEEC).


In June:
June 1, 2024
June 8, 2024
June 29, 2024

In July:
July 6, 2024
July 27, 2024

PLEASE NOTE:

*Observing Sessions are for SMAS members, special guests and prospective new members ONLY!

*SMAS schedules Free Public Star Parties at various locations throughout the year. See the calendar for details.

*To schedule a Free Private Star Party, contact the SMAS Program Coordinator.

*NCEEC is a gated facility, and NCO is operated by SMAS volunteers.

*For SMAS Observing Sessions, ALL NON-MEMBERS MUST arrange to meet a SMAS member on site, to be sure that they will have access.

*The scheduling of a SMAS Observing Session DOES NOT guarantee attendance by members, regardless of the weather.

*NCEEC is a facility of the Charles County School District, therefore it is a Smoke Free, Alcohol Free, Drug Free Zone.

Public Star Parties at NCEEC/NCO:

PLEASE NOTE: NCEEC is a facility of the Charles County School District, therefore it is a Smoke Free, Alcohol Free, Drug Free Zone.

PLEASE NOTE: Public Star Parties at NCEEC/NCO may be postponed or cancelled, due to inclement weather.

None Scheduled At This Time

Public Star Parties at Other Locations:

PLEASE NOTE: Public Star Parties at Other Locations may be postponed or cancelled, due to inclement weather.

Saturday, October 26, 2024 - FREE Daytime Public Star Party

Part of the Maryland STEAM Festival
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math
St. Mary's County Fairgrounds
42455 Fairgrounds Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The STEAM Festival is Cloud or Clear. SMAS activities will include safe solar views with specialized astronomical equipment. SMAS observing plans may be modified, based on weather conditions.

Saturday, November 9, 2024 - Free Public Star Party
Patuxent River Park
16000 Croom Airport Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Start Time - 6:00 PM

Weather Permitting Only

Sunday, November 10, 2024 - Rain Date for Free Public Star Party
Patuxent River Park
16000 Croom Airport Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Start Time - 6:00 PM

Weather Permitting Only

Public Speaking Engagements and Astronomy Activities:

None Scheduled At This Time

Private Star Parties at NCEEC/NCO or Other Locations:

PLEASE NOTE: NCEEC is a facility of the Charles County School District, therefore it is a Smoke Free, Alcohol Free, Drug Free Zone.

PLEASE NOTE: SMAS is available to help Cub, Boy and Girl Scouts earn select Astronomy Badge Requirements. Contact the SMAS Program Coordinator for more information.

Friday, July 26, 2024 - Private Daytime Star Party - Lusby - Outdoor Observing Start Time - 10:00 AM - Weather Permitting Only

Saturday, July 27, 2024 - Rain Date for 7/26/24 Private Daytime Star Party - Lusby - Outdoor Observing Start Time - 10:00 AM - Cloud or Clear

Friday, August 16, 2024 - Private Star Party - Newburg - Indoor Presentation - 8:00 PM - Outdoor Observing Start Time - 9:00 PM - Weather Permitting Only

Saturday, August 17, 2024 - Rain Date for 8/16/24 Private Star Party - Newburg - Indoor Presentation - 8:00 PM - Cloud or Clear - Outdoor Observing Start Time - 9:00 PM - Weather Permitting Only

Saturday, October 12, 2024 - Private Star Party - Lusby - Outdoor Observing Start Time - 7:30 PM - Weather Permitting Only

Sunday, October 13, 2024 - Rain Date for 10/12/24 Private Star Party - Lusby - Outdoor Observing Start Time - 7:30 PM - Cloud or Clear

Additional Dates and Details Pending

Private Speaking Engagements and Astronomy Activities:

None Scheduled At This Time

School/Scout Visitation Programs:

None Scheduled At This Time

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