Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Bluebells peak in April and Riverbend Park will be celebrating April 13.
Check out the Virginia bluebells as they cascade down the banks of the Potomac River on Saturday, April 13. That's the date of Riverbend Park's annual Bluebells at the Bend celebration. In addition to checking out the scenery, the day includes games, animals, music from Andrew McKnight, wildflower walks and wagon rides. The program is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 and the cost is $5 per person. Riverbend Park is located at 8700 Potomac Hills Street in Great Falls. For more information, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/riverbend, or call 703-759-9018.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Cloudy skies Tuesday night prevented most from seeing the Comet Pan-STARRS, but it will be close to the sun Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
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Friday, March 8
Cloudy skies Tuesday night from the major-snowstorm-that-wasn't prevented most people in Northern Virginia from seeing the Comet Pan-STARRS (also know as Comet Panstarrs), but you have a second chance. Comet Pan-STARRS (also known as Comet Panstarrs), a glob of ice and dust from the heavens, was closest to Earth Tuesday, but you may be able to see the comet Sunday (March 10) when the comet will be closest to the sun, according to Space.com. You'll get another chance Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12 and 13. Its bright dust tail might be visible to the naked eye, though some have suggested using binoculars (but only after sunset so not to injure the eyes) to see it. Also, unlike most meteor showers, the comet should be most visible not in …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Mark your calendar: The Riverbend Park Astronomy Festival is March 9.
With no moonlight and dark skies, Riverbend Park will be a great spot to see Jupiter in March. The park’s Astronomy Festival includes star (and planet) gazing, stories and snacks and is scheduled for 7 – 9 p.m. March 9, weather permitting. Attendees will be able to look at Jupiter through the park’s Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and be able to learn about constellations visible that night. Admission to the event is $5. For more information or to make a reservation (only needed for a group of 10 or more people), call the park at 703-759-9018. Riverbend Park is located at 8700 Potomac Hills Street in Great Falls
Sunday, September 16, 2012
This stretch of the river is "particularly deadly," according to the Washington Post.
A young man in his late teens or early 20s died in the Potomac River near Riverbend Park in Great Falls on Friday, Montgomery County police have confirmed to the Associated Press. "Police say the man apparently entered the water south of Riverbend Park and waded to the middle of the river, where he became trapped," the AP reports. No foul play is suspected. The Washington Post reports that this stretch of the Potomac River is "particularly deadly," but that deaths near this spot have declined in recent years.