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Welcome to the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society

MONTHLY MEETING: Monday, August 18th, 7:30 p.m., Center on Church, Downtown Roanoke. Dr. Sara Petty, Research Scientist at Virginia Tech, is our featured speaker. She’ll be talking about her research and how ultraviolet light detected in early type galaxies is yielding new in-sights regarding how galaxies formed.

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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, August 15th and 16th. Sunset is at 8:11 p.m. Astronomical twilight ends at 9:47 p.m. The Moon rises at 11:22 p.m. and 12:03 a.m., respectively.

o Friday and Saturday, August 22nd and 23rd. Sunset is at 8:02 p.m. Astronomical twilight ends at 9:36 p.m. The Moon sets at 6:09 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., respectively.

o Future Sessions: September 19th and 20th; September 26th and 27th. (Note: September 20th is the Annual RVAS Picnic and Star Party at the Claytor Nature Study Center, Bedford.)

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

ROANOKE CITY PARKS and RECREATION PUBLIC STARGAZE: Saturday, August 16th, 9:00 p.m., Cahas 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: September 13th, 8:00 p.m., Cahas Overlook.)

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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