Astronomy

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

**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.

“A Nearby Sun-Like Star”, January 21st
(18+,10+ with adult) In the constellation Cetus lies Tau, a star with just a Greek letter for a name. Tonight we’ll view this darling of science fiction and fantasy and compare it to our Sun. Along the way, we’ll observe various deep-sky objects that populate the early winter sky.

swirly stars-roundedDate: Jan 21st (6:30pm)
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile Marker 139)
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: Jan 17th
Register: Here!

 

 

“Early Signs of Spring”, February 18th
(18+,10+ with adult) On a crisp February night, the brilliant stars of winter command our attention. So, it’s hard to imagine that two-thirds of the season has passed by. But already Leo is rising, announcing the coming spring. Bundle up and join us as we get our best views of Orion and the sights of waning winter.

Date: Feb 18th (7pm)vertical stars
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile Marker 139)
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: Feb 14th
Register: Here!

 

 

“Planes and Poles”, March 18th
(18+,10+ with adult) We may never have been there, but we all know there’s a North and South Pole. But these are not the only poles, astronomically speaking. In fact, there are at least 6 more. Tonight we’ll resolve this perplexing plethora of poles and observe what our near-equinox sky has to offer.

Date: March 18thnorthern lights stars-rounded
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile Marker 139)
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: March 16th
Register: Here!