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.

“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!

“Winter’s Prelude”, December 13th, 2014
A week from today we’ll arrive at the winter solstice. This evening we’ll consider the meaning and importance of this annual astronomical event. We’ll also observe constellations and objects in a sky that bridges three seasons.

Date: December 13th, 2014 (5:45pm)
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Post 139
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: December 11th
Register HERE!

“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!