Roanoke coordinates: 37o 16' 04" N, 79o 56' 26"W Altitude is about 1050 feet (320
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e: bring your own food, beverages, cups and utensils; folding chairs; and eat in family groups. Masks will be worn whenever social distancing cannot be maintained outdoors or in the observatory. There will be do
RVAS MONTHLY “Zoom” MEETING: Monday, September 19th, 7:30 p.m. (Informal “Celestial Café” chat session begins at 7:00 p.m.). October 1st is International Observe the Moon Night. Sponsored by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission and the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, with many contributors, it’s an event that seeks to draw together people from all over the globe in a shared experience. In honor of the event, this evening’s featured program, “Spotlight on the Moon,” will be presented by RVAS President Mike Hutkin, Vice President John Wenskovitch, John Goss, our Immediate Past President, and RVAS member Ray Bradley. The program will include photos of the moon and cover such topics as the origin revisited, how to calculate lunar phases and lunar mountain height, Astronomical League lunar observing programs, and an overview and update on the Artemis project. The evening will also include members’ astrophotos, observing and other reports, our What’s Up? sky review for next month and more. Watch for your Zoom invitation from the RVAS President a few days before the meeting date.