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.

“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!