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Welcome to the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society

MONTHLY MEETING: November 17th, 7:30 p.m., Center on Church, Downtown Roanoke. After several talks by professional astronomers, November’s meeting returns to our more amateur focus, with members speaking about what’s up in the current night sky, deep sky objects to observe, and individual and group club activities.

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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, November 14th and 15th. Sunset is at 5:10 p.m. Astronomical twilight ends at 6:40 p.m. The Moon rises at 12:18 and 1:13 a.m., respectively. p>

o Friday and Saturday, November 21st and 22nd. Sunset is at 5:06 p.m. Astronomical twilight ends at 6:37 p.m. The Moon sets at 4:48 and 5:34 p.m., respectively. .

o Future Sessions: December 12th and 13th; December 19th and 20th.

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

ROANOKE CITY PARKS and RECREATION PUBLIC STARGAZE: Saturday, November 15th, 6:00 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: December 13th, 5:45 p.m., Cahas Knob 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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