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.

 

“Jewels of the Season”, February 6th, 2016
For those willing to brave the cold, the February night sky offers ample reward. From our place on earth, this time of year presents the greatest collection of bright stars visible at one time. Join us tonight for the Winter Hexagon, encompassing Orion and Company!Blue sky stars-rounded

Date: Feb 6th (6:30pm)
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Post 139
Registration fee: Free
Register by: Feb 4th
Register: Here!

 

“Seriously Sirius”, March 5th, 2016
This is the best time of year to gaze at Sirius, brightest star in our sky. But appearances can be deceiving. This evening we’ll explore why this star outshines all others we see. Bundle up and head to the Parkway to learn more.

stars over mountainsDate: March 5th (8:00 pm)
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Post 139
Registration fee: Free
Register by: March 3rd
Register: Here!

 

“By Jove! “, April 2nd
Dominating the eastern night sky, the brilliant planet Jupiter draws our attention. Largest of our solar system’s planets, it has fascinated us for thousands of years. Join us tonight for views of this giant planet’s features and its four largest moons!

Date: April 2nd (8:30pm)purple sky-rounded
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile Marker 139)
Registration Fee: Free
Register By:March 31st
Register: Here!

 

“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!