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Welcome to the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society

MONTHLY MEETING: (For RVAS Members and Their Families) 2014 Annual RVAS Picnic and Star Party, Saturday, September 20th, 3:00 p.m., Claytor Nature Study Center, Bedford, Virginia.

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, Friday, September 19th. Sunset is at 7:21 p.m. Astronomical twilight ends at 8:49 p.m. The Moon sets at 4:45 p.m. (Note that Saturday, the 20th, is the annual RVAS Picnic and Star Party for members and their families.)

o Friday and Saturday, Friday and Saturday, September 26th and 27th. Sunset is at 7:11 p.m. Astronomical twilight ends at 8:37 p.m. The Moon sets at 8:33 p.m. and 9:12 p.m., respectively.

o Future Sessions: October 17th and 18th; October 24th and 25th.

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

ROANOKE CITY PARKS and RECREATION PUBLIC STARGAZE: Saturday, September 13th, 8:00 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: October 18th, 7:15 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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