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Welcome to the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society

MONTHLY MEETING: Annual Winter Solstice Social, December 15th, 7:30 p.m., Center on Church, Downtown Roanoke. Bring a finger food item to share and gather with your RVAS friends for the fun and food at our annual winter social. We’ll have the punch waiting. Along with a game or two, our What’s Up sky summary, and our third annual slideshow, we’ll have “open mic” time for anyone with an astronomical or other show-and-tell to offer, and plenty of time just to socialize with each other. Don’t miss it!

M31 Photo and Background by: Clem Elechi


RVAS WEEKEND OBSERVING SESSIONS: Unless otherwise indicated, observing sessions are held at Cahas Mountain Overlook, milepost 139 on the Blue Ridge Pky.  

If you want to know who’s going out to observe? Or do you plan on going out observing? Call the RVAS hotline at (540) 774-5651 and leave a message.

o Friday and Saturday, December 12th and 13th. Sunset is at 5:03 p.m. Astronomical twilight ends at 6:36 p.m. The Moon rises at 11:01 and 11:56 p.m., respectively.

o Friday and Saturday, December 19th and 20th. Sunset is at 5:05 p.m. Astronomical twilight ends at 6:39 p.m. The Moon sets at 3:24 and 4:13 p.m., respectively.

o Future Sessions: January 9th and 10th; January 16th and 17th.

o OTHER PROGRAMS:o Public Programs Conducted by Frank Baratta:

ROANOKE CITY PARKS and RECREATION PUBLIC STARGAZE: Saturday, December 13th, 5:45 p.m., Cahas Knob Overlook, milepost 139 Blue Ridge Parkway. Nonmembers must register with Parks & Rec. at 540-853-2236. Members can call 540-774-5651 for information. (Next session: January 10th, 6:00 p.m., Cahas Knob Over-look.)

The purposes of the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society are scientific and educational and are directed toward the advancement of the understanding and appreciation of astronomy and related sciences among the Society members and the public at large

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Roanoke coordinates: 37o 16' 04" N, 79o 56' 26"W
Altitude is about 1050 feet (320 meters)
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