Astronomy

Join us as we learn about the Stars in one of our free Astronomy Classes!!!

Picture provided by Dave Morrow Photography;  www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

**Monthly astronomy programs on the Blue Ridge Parkway (mile marker 139) allow you to meet other people as you peer through large telescopes to distant stars, planets and galaxies.  All programs are FREE, but advance registration is required by calling 540-853-2236 before the registration deadline.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  Programs lead by Frank Baratta, an experienced amateur astronomer and member of the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society, www.rvasclub.org.

“New Horizons”, July 11th, 2015
(18+,10+ with adult) In 3 days the New Horizons spacecraft arrives at Pluto for our first-ever close-up view of this dwarf planet.  An extremely dim pinpoint of light, Pluto eludes normal viewing.  Learn more about Pluto and New Horizons tonight while we view other planets and seasonal attractions.

Date: July 11th (9:30pm)
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Post 139
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: July 9th
Register HERE!

“A Mid-Summer Night’s Sky”, August 8th, 2015
(18+,10+ with adult) By the calendar, we’re just a bit beyond summer’s half-way point. Though the summer constellations and Milky Way hold center stage, the early patterns of fall are already visible in the eastern sky. This evening we’ll view Saturn and the best of the mid-season.

Date: Aug 8th (9pm)
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Post 139
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: Aug 6th
Register HERE!