Students can earn up to 2 points extra credit by attending a Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC) public event and submitting a one page write up about the experience. These events are:
Saturday, September 3rd – CM Crockett Park*
Saturday, October 1st - CM Crockett Park – Fall Star Gaze+
Saturday, November 19th - CM Crockett Park* (Leonid Meteor Shower)
Saturday, December 3rd CM Crockett Park*
*Club members will begin to arrive just prior to sunset. We advise you to arrive before darkness, too. The CM Crockett Park will be closed to non-NOVAC members at 11:00 PM.
+This event will be held rain or shine and will begin in the afternoon with talks and other day time activities before observing begins after dark. More information will follow.
Please check the web site, http://www.novac.com/ before leaving to see if the event is cancelled due to weather.
For more information regarding these events go to: http://www.novac.com/outreach/
Crockett Park is about 20 miles south of Manassas at 10066 Rogues Road (Rt. 602), Midland, VA, 22728. The telephone is 540-788-4867.
From Washington DC/Northern Virginia, go west on I-66 to Exit 43A, US 29 (Lee Highway) toward Gainesville/Warrenton. Follow US 29 for ~11 miles. As you approach Warrenton, stay to the left and follow the signs to Culpeper/Fredricksburg. Go ~1 more mile then take the exit for Meetze Road (643). At Meetze Road, turn left (south) and go 7.5 miles to Rogues Road. There is a sign indicating Crockett Park. However, the street sign and the sign for the park are small, so watch carefully. Turn right, go a half mile, and you are at CM Crockett Regional Park. The observing area is adjacent to the parking lot to your immediate left as you pass through the park entry gate.
After arriving at the main gate, take the first left into the gravel parking lot. There should be some telescopes setup in the nearby field. Please dim your headlights if you are arriving after dark and please do not drive onto the field.
There may be a fee to enter the park depending on what time you arrive and what arrangements the club has made with the park. Also, there is no food available at these events.
Students can also earn extra credit by attending public events held by other astronomy clubs or organizations or making other astronomy related field trips. However, you must provide documentation to verify the event and get prior approval from the instructor. Writing reports on an astronomy related TV program or a movie watched from home is NOT acceptable.
Students may turn in up to four extra credit projects during the semester. However, if the projects are not related to attending the NOVAC events, each project must be of a different nature.
All extra credit reports are due by December 6. There are no exceptions.