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Cordinates: 37o 16' 04" N, 79o 56' 26"W
Altitude is about 1050 feet (320 meters)

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MONTHLY MEETING: Monday, January 20th, 7:30 p.m., Classroom B, 3rd floor, Center on Church, Downtown Roanoke.  For our monthly meeting, the RVAS is pleased to welcome back Steve Conard as our special guest speaker.  An optical systems engineer for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, Steve led the team that built and tested the Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) instrument aboard the New Horizons spacecraft that visited Pluto in July 2015.  More recently, the craft has been traversing the Kuiper Belt.  Steve will discuss its encounter with Kuiper Belt Object Arrokoth, as well as a new LORRI being built for the Lucy mission to Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids.  (See elsewhere in this issue for more details.)  Steve is always informative and entertaining, so be sure to join us for his talk and our other January meeting activities!

RVAS Page Banner : The Horsehead and Flame Nebulae in Orion

By Clem Elechi