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.

“Cosmic Rifts and Dying Stars”, October 22nd
It’s fall, but summer’s Milky Way is still center stage just after nightfall, with what seems to be a cleft in its subtle glow.  Tonight we’ll reveal the nature of this cleft, and visit the remnants of some nearby stars that have reached the end of their life cycle.

Date: Oct 22nd (7:15pm)swirly stars-rounded
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile Marker 139)
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: Oct 20th
Register: Here!

 

“The Ocean Season”, November 19th
Summer may be when we head for the beach.  But among the stars, it’s fall that bears the greatest connection to water.  Tonight we’ll explore a vast expanse of constellations known as the Celestial Ocean and learn why this part of the sky has this title.

Blue sky starsDate: Nov 19th (5:45pm)
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile Marker 139)
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: Nov 17th
Register: Here!