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.

“Crossing the Quarters”, August 6th
(18+,10+ with adult) This evening we depart from the usual and begin with viewing the features of the beautiful crescent Moon. Afterwards, we’ll shift to observing the planets and brighter objects of the early summer sky visible tonight through the glow of Earth’s satellite.

Date: August 6th (9pm)swirly stars-rounded
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile Marker 139)
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: Aug 4th
Register: Here!

 

 

“The Waning Summer Sky”, September 3rd
(18+,10+ with adult) In less than three weeks we reach the autumnal equinox, signaling the arrival of fall. This evening we’ll view the sights of the ending season’s night sky. And we’ll delve deeper into the celestial alignments that create the equinox.

Date: Sept 3rd (8:15pm)
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile Marker 139)
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: Sept 1st
Register: Here!

“Cosmic Rifts and Dying Stars”, October 22nd
It’s fall, but summer’s Milky Way is still center stage just after nightfall, with what seems to be a cleft in its subtle glow.  Tonight we’ll reveal the nature of this cleft, and visit the remnants of some nearby stars that have reached the end of their life cycle.

Date: Oct 22nd (7:15pm)
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile Marker 139)
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: Oct 20th
Register: Here!

“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.

Date: Nov 19th (5:45pm)
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile Marker 139)
Registration Fee: Free
Register by: Nov 17th
Register: Here!