The Turner Farm

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open dawn to dusk except for speciality, after-hours events hosted only on Friday nights
703-324-2820 TTY 711
925 Springvale Road
Great Falls, Virginia 22066
Sebastian Arnez
Turner Farm Observatory Educator

Turner Farm Park Events

Department Resources

Night Sky Tour at the Roll-Top Observatory

12/05/2023 7:30 pm to 12/05/2023 8:30 pm

(8-Adult) This program is a fun tour of planets, constellations, stars, nebulas, and galaxies in the night sky that can be seen with the eye and in telescopes at the Roll-Top observatory at Turner Farm Park. If inclement weather, then we will discuss and show images of objects that could be observed in clear skies. No knowledge of astronomy is…

Meteorites-Exploring Visitors from Space

12/11/2023 7:30 pm to 12/11/2023 8:30 pm

(8-Adult) This class is an introduction to meteorites as we explore what they are and where they came from. Participants will be able to examine actual meteorites including specimens from the Moon and Mars. The discussion is followed by an observatory session with telescopes, weather permitting. The course will be held in the Roll-Top observatory…

Planet Adventure Night

12/18/2023 7:30 pm to 12/18/2023 8:30 pm

(6-Adult) This program is a tour of the planets and moons of our Solar System which are viewable in the current night sky. The classroom discussion is followed by an observatory session of planets and the stars beyond in telescopes, weather permitting. No knowledge of astronomy is needed, just an interest in learning about the universe. The course…

Introduction to Astronomy

12/20/2023 7:30 pm to 12/20/2023 8:30 pm

(8-Adult) This course provides a general introduction to some fundamentals of astronomy and the universe we see in the sky around us. We will discuss the basic types of astronomical objects from the small to the large, the motions of the planets and stars, and interesting phenomena in the night sky. The classroom discussion is followed by an…

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