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.

“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!

 

“The Drift of Seasons”, December 17th
(18+,10+ with adult) Why do the stars we see at night change over the course of the year? The sky this evening offers patterns crossing three seasons and an opportunity to answer this question. While doing so we’ll also enjoy views of Mars, Venus, the Pleiades and other seasonal sights.

Date: Dec 17th (6pm)northern lights stars-rounded
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile Marker 139)
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: Dec 13th
Register: Here!

 

“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!