Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society
MONTHLY MEETING: Monday, January 15th, 7:30 p.m., Classroom A, 3rd floor, Center on Church, Downtown Roanoke. For our January meeting we’re once again planning to feature a guest speaker via a remote, real-time hook-up. A close friend and colleague of RVAS President Dwight Holland, retired USAF Lt. Col. Tim McDonald is an Experimental Test Pilot and flight instructor with the USAF Test Pilot School. An astronautical and mechanical engineer, he’s piloted a variety of aircraft at home and in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. But he’s also an avid and accomplished astrophotographer. He’ll be spending the even-ing with us via Skype, and sharing his astrophotography knowledge and experience with the tools and digital techniques that are used to produce today’s stunning images of the night sky. (Note: In the event of technical difficulties, we’ll present two Hubblecast videos, with audience discussion to follow.) We’ll also have our usual reports and announcements, and our regular What’s Up short program. Mark your calendar and join us on the 15th!
Roanoke coordinates: 37o 16' 04" N, 79o 56' 26"W
Altitude is about 1050 feet (320 meters)
M31 Andromeda background photo
by Clem Elechi