Astronomy

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

AstronomyPicture provided by Dave Morrow Photography;  www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com **Monthly stargazing 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.

“Passing Perihelion”, January 10th, 2015
Not quite a week ago Earth reached its nearest point to the sun. If that’s so, why is it winter? Bundle up and join us to explore this puzzle, while we trace the winter Milky Way, identify its constellations and view some of its grandest sights.

Date: January 10th, 2014 (6pm)
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Post 139
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: January 8th
Register HERE!

“Orion & Company”, February 7th, 2015
Of all the sky’s star patterns, only the Big Dipper is more well-known than Orion. With two of the top 10 brightest stars and his signature belt, Orion has captivated stargazers for millennia. Tonight we’ll enjoy the best that the winter sky has to offer.

Date: February 7th, 2014 (6:30pm)
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Post 139
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: February 5th
Register HERE!

“Changing Seasons”,  March 14th , 2015
At this time of year the night sky is a combination of spring patterns rising and those of winter setting. Along with the Milky Way crossing overhead, we’ll have many sights to enjoy. Dress warmly and come out for the fun!

Date: March 14th (8pm)
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Post 139
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: March 12th
Register HERE!

“Brilliant Beacons”, April 11th, 2015
(18+,10+ with adult) As darkness falls our eyes can’t help but be drawn to Venus, low in the west, and giant Jupiter, high above us. Tonight we’ll view these brilliant planets and a variety of stars, star clusters and even other galaxies beyond our own. Join us!

Date: March 14th (8:30pm)
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Post 139
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: April 9th
Register HERE!

“The Mid-Spring Skies”, May 9th, 2015
(18+,10+ with adult) This evening, the centrally placed stars of spring are flanked by the waning patterns of winter and waxing ones of the summer ahead. In the center of it all are Leo, Virgo and other constellations of the Zodiac. Don’t miss the show!

Date: May 9th (9pm)
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Post 139
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: May 7th
Register HERE!