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My wife bought me a telescope as a wedding present. Being a romantic, I just had to bring it along with us on our honeymoon to the Shenandoah; I thought the mountains of the Blue Ridge would provide an unsurpassed starscape. So, armed with crisp new star charts, we crept along Skyline Drive at 10 mph, dodged several dozen deer, and stopped at a windswept overlook to set up the ‘scope. But under the black, moonless sky, my shivering hands could barely focus the thing on a single supernova. And my blushing bride was back in the car, imagining us dying in a Blair Witch Project-like scenario. Tonight, the National Park Service and the National Capital Astronomers provide a much more accommodating environment for Exploring the Sky, an evening of communal stargazing in Rock Creek Park. Just try to be understanding if your spouse waits for you at a bar. Meet at 8:30 p.m. at Rock Creek Park, in the parking lot at Glover & Military Roads NW. Free. (202) 426-6829. (Brian Nelson)