Physics and Astronomy

Astronomy Festival on the National Mall

Saturday, June 24, 2023; 6 - 11 pm;
Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building
900 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: L'Enfant Plaza

In association with the Smithsonian Solstice Saturday

**Rain Location: The Arts and Industries Building**


Free Admission

  • Day/evening close-up views of the Sun, Moon, Mars, Venus, star clusters, colorful double stars with optical & radio telescopes
  • Hands-on activities
  • Meet an astronomer
  • Astronomical image exhibits


Dr. Ezinne Uzo-Okoro, Assistant Director for Space Policy, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will participate in the AFNM and open the event at 6 pm.

Representatives from Focus Features will be on hand to promote Wes Anderson’s new film Asteroid City, about a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention, with giveaways and a photo booth.

Participating Organizations: American Astronomical Society, Associated Universities, Inc., Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Ball Aerospace & Technology, Carnegie Science, Carnegie Academy for Science Education, Chandra X-ray Observatory, DayStar Filters LLC, ePlanetarium, Focus Features' ASTEROID CITY, International Dark Sky Association, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Maryland STEM Festival, NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Solar System Ambassadors, National Air and Space Museum, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NSF’s NOIRLab, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, National Science Foundation, Port Discovery Children's Museum, Project Caelus, Sky and Telescope Magazine, The Society of Physics Students, Space Telescope Science Institute (HST and JWST), Unistellar, U.S. Naval Observatory, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Participating Colleges and Universities: Georgetown University, George Mason University, Montgomery College, Rice University, University of Maryland, University of Virginia Astronomy Department.

Participating Astronomy Clubs: Goddard Astronomy Club, National Capital Astronomers, Northern Virginia Astronomy Club.  Isaac Newton will be portrayed by Dean Howarth.

2023 Sponsors:
Hofstra University would like to thank our generous sponsors for their support.

Supernova Sponsors

George Mason University
United States Naval Research Laboratory

Nova Sponsors

American Astronomical Society
Associated Universities, Inc
National Radio Astronomy Observatory

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