Watch the Stars for Free With a 16-Inch

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

With two Virginia natives up in space, this could be the perfect night for star-gazing. And guess what?

The National Air and Space Museum's new observatory is open for exactly that tonight.

From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., it's your chance to see the heavens through a powerful 16-inch, 3,000-pound Boller and Chivens telescope on loan from Harvard College Observatory.

Afterward, astronaut John Grunsfeld will be on hand in the Lockheed Martin IMAX theater, where he'll talk about the Hubble Space Telescope.

The primary theater is sold out, but you can still get free overflow tickets for the lecture, DCist reports. 

The observatory opened in early October 2009 and is located on the Fourth Avenue side of the National Mall building, on the terrace outside of McDonald's.

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