Want to meet other astronomers? Then join the fun at ALCon 2016, the national amateur astronomy convention. It’s the annual convention of Astronomical League, the nation’s largest federation of amateur astronomical societies, and it’s coming to the NRECA Center in Arlington, Virginia on August 10-13, 2016. The Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC) and the Astronomical League are jointly hosting this year’s event. The Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers will also participate by holding its annual meeting at ALCon.
Over 250 night sky enthusiasts, representing a wide range of interests and expertise levels, are expected to attend. They’ll range from beginning stargazers wanting to learn more – to intermediate sky watchers wanting to improve their knowledge and skill – to advanced amateurs astronomers active in the leading edge of the art of observing.
Nearly 20 engaging speakers share their experiences and knowledge. Topics include astronomy outreach opportunities, meteor observing, planetary observations, the New Horizons mission to Pluto, the long-anticipated 2017 total solar eclipse (first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous U.S. since 1979), spaceflight, variable star research, solar astronomy, gravitational wave astronomy, youth in Astronomy and more.
The public is always welcome.
Why attend ALCon?
You’ll rub shoulders with, among others, research astronomers, authors, university professors, and amateurs from across the country, as well as officers of the Astronomical League and partnering organizations. You’ll listen to and speak with people versed in imaging, outreach, equipment, club improvement, youth in astronomy, the art of observing, and the science of astronomy.
You’ll have the very best “discovery” experience.
Plus there are special tours!
Smithsonian Meteorite Collection
National Air & Space Museum
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
US Naval Observatory
Thursday night’s Star-BQ will be held at Barcroft Park and will feature live music by
The Awesome Exaggerations.
Saturday night will feature the popular gala Awards Banquet with keynote speaker NASA Administrator Major General Charles Bolden. Discover the future of space exploration from the leader of NASA and a former astronaut.
Hotel accommodations are available at the beautiful Westin Arlington Gateway (703-717-6200) and at the nearby equally attractive Hilton Arlington on the Metro Line (703-528-6000). Be sure to ask for the special ALCon rate.
Bottom line: Check out ALCon 2016 – the national amateur astronomy convention – held this year from August 10-13 in Washington, D.C. Registration is now live!