Moongaze on International Observe the Moon Night

Moongaze with us at our Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia during International Observe the Moon Night! Join the 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.


  • Stargazing is free and open to the public.
  • The event is weather permitting and may be canceled due to rain, clouds and other poor visibility conditions. For last minute updates, call the Astronomy Education number at 202-633-2517,
  • To bring warm clothes and one small flashlight. If possible, make your flashlight red by wrapping it in a brown paper bag or red cellophane.
  • Parking is free after 4 p.m. Please park at the south end of the main parking lot and consider mitigation your headlights on approach.
  • Stargazing is located at the south end of the Museum parking lot. Look for staff with red flashlights to guide you to the telescopes.


  • Approach the Museum from the Route 28 exit
  • Keep left past the parking lot 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 is near the museum and take the path 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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