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Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society

Monthly Newsletters

Check out minutes from our monthly meetings along with highlights of things to look for in the sky. These newsletters are great resources to see what is happening in RVAS.



Enjoy being a part of a great group of people who share your interested in learning more about and observing this incredible universe we inhabit. Learn more information here.

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Night Sky Resources

Interested in learning more about astronomy? Check out this archive of resources to help you navigate the night sky and learn more about our universe. 

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Upcoming Events

First Star Party 2024, Saturday, February 10th, 6pm @ Cahas Overlook, MP 139 Blue Ridge Parkway: You asked for it. We are going to plan our first star party of 2024. To avoid sending too many emails to the general RVAS mailing list, we will transition to communicating details for star parties through the RVAS google group.  If you are interested in star party news and are not a member of the RVAS google group, please contact Mike Hutkin at and request an invitation to join.  Since observing is so dependent on weather, we will announce any cancellations through the google group.


Next month’s Meeting: Note the new location change on VWCC Campus: Please join us Monday night February 19, for the next gathering of the RVAS. The Celestial café opens at 7:00pm and the general meeting at 7:30 pm.  This meeting will have the option of in-person or Zoom. The in-person meeting is located at the STEM Building, Room ST112. We will have another Member’s Potpourri with the following speakers and topics:

  • John Goss – The Moons of Jupiter
  • Todd Atkins – Review of The Search for Planet Nine ALP Webinar
  • Ed Dixon – Some New Equipment
  • Chris Savage – Roanoke Planetarium
  • Mike Hutkin – A few astronomical definitions


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

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Cahas Mountain

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