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.

“Apollo’s Wroth”, May 7th
Due south as darkness falls lie Hydra, the water snake, Corvus, the crow, and Crater, the cup, three constellations associated with a single ancient Grecian myth. This evening we’ll retell the myth, while again viewing Jupiter and other seasonal sights.

vertical starsDate: May 7th (9pm)
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile Marker 139)
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: May 5th
Register: Here!

 

 

 

“Seasonal Shifts”, June 4th
(18+,10+ with adult) Why do the constellations we see at night change as the seasons progress? Tonight we’ll explore the cosmic geometry involved in these seasonal shifts. And we’ll enjoy views of Jupiter, Mars and Saturn and other sights that the late spring skies offer.

Date: June 4th (9:15pm)stars over mountains-rounded
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile Marker 139)
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: June 2nd
Register: Here!

 

“A Moonlight Night”, July 9th
(18+,10+ with adult) This evening we depart from the usual and begin with viewing the features of the beautiful crescent Moon. Afterwards, we’ll shift to observing the planets and brighter objects of the early summer sky visible tonight through the glow of Earth’s satellite.

northern lights stars-roundedDate: July 9th (9:30pm)
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile Marker 139)
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: July 7th
Register: Here!

 

 

“Crossing the Quarters”, August 6th
(18+,10+ with adult) This evening we depart from the usual and begin with viewing the features of the beautiful crescent Moon. Afterwards, we’ll shift to observing the planets and brighter objects of the early summer sky visible tonight through the glow of Earth’s satellite.

Date: August 6th (9pm)swirly stars-rounded
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile Marker 139)
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: Aug 4th
Register: Here!