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

AstronomyPicture provided by Dave Morrow Photography; **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,

“Fall Ascending”, October 18th, 2014 The constellations most prominent in the night sky shift with the seasons. This evening we’ll explore what causes this. We’ll also identify Fall’s rising patterns and observe some of the Fall and late Summer’s finest deep-sky sights.

Date: October 18th, 2014 (7:15-10:30pm)
Location: Carvins Cove
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: Oct 16th
Register HERE!

“The Ocean”, November 15th, 2014
Late Fall features numerous lesser-known star patterns linked to water, earning this part of the sky the title of  “The Ocean.” Tonight we’ll locate various sea creatures and try to spot the King of the Sea himself, Neptune, amount them.

Date: November 15th, 2014 (6:00pm)
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Post 139
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: November 13th
Register HERE!