Full Moon Walk with Friends of Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium

February 16, 2022 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Bluemont Park
Full Moon Walk with Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium @ Bluemont Park

Join WalkArlington and Friends of Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium

for a full-moon walk led by Jennifer Bartlett, a professional astronomer with the U.S. Naval Academy and an Arlington resident.

Departing from the ranger station in Bluemont Park, Dr. Bartlett will lead us on an out-and-back walk along the Washington & Old Dominion Trail as we observe the sun setting and the full moon rising. She will explain the diminishing light as we pass through twilight and tell us a bit about how the moon waxes and wanes through its different phases. By the end of the walk, the moon will have fully risen and we will be able to look at craters and other features with binoculars under Dr. Bartlett’s guidance.

Dr. Bartlett will happily target portions of this walk and her explanations to children, so kids are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Note: There are TWO sessions of this walk, one that starts at 5:30 p.m. and one that starts at 7:30 p.m. When you register, please choose which instance you would like to attend.

What to bring: WalkArlington will provide lanterns and flashlights since we will be walking in the dark. If you have your own flashlights, feel free to bring them. Friends of Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium can loan some binoculars, but you are also encouraged to bring your own. WalkArlington will also provide free hot beverages (tea, hot chocolate) you can take with you as we embark on this winter walk.

Getting there: The exact meetup point is at the Bluemont Park Ranger Station near the tennis courts. Bluemont Park is located at 601 N. Manchester St., about 1 ½ miles from the Ballston Metro. You can take Metro, bus, or use active transportation (walking, biking, bikeshare) to get to this walk. It takes about 30 minutes to walk to the park from the Ballston Metro. Alternatively, you can take several buses from Ballston to reach the park, including the 25B, the 1A, and the 75. Visit Car-Free Near Me (carfreenearme.com) to figure out the best route.