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Welcome to the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society

MONTHLY MEETING: Monday, April 21st, 7:30 p.m., Center on Church, Downtown Roanoke. Tonight we’ll feature the “Dark Side Cafe” that had been scheduled for last month’s meeting. Bring your mocha java, tea or other beverage and join us for an exploration of Dark Matter and Dark Energy through some entertaining and informative videos and group discussion!

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, April 18th and 19th. Sunset is at 7:59 p.m. Astronomical twilight ends at 9:321 p.m. The Moon rises at 11:38 p.m. and 12:35 a.m., respectively.

o Friday and Saturday, April 25th and 26th. Sunset is at 8:05 p.m. Astronomical twilight ends at 9:41 p.m. The Moon sets at 4:29 and 5:35 p.m., respectively.

o Future Sessions: May 23rd and 24th.

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

ROANOKE CITY PARKS and RECREATION PUBLIC STARGAZE: Saturday, April 19th, 8:30 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: May 24th, 9:15 p.m., Cahas Overlook.)

We regret to inform our members that Franklin County sessions have been discontinued

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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