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Welcome to the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society

MONTHLY MEETING: October 20th, 7:30 p.m., Center on Church, Downtown Roanoke. Dr. Mark Adams, of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Charlottesville, Virginia, will be speaking about “ALMA: New Window on Our Cosmic Origins.”

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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, October 17th and 18th. Sunset is at 6:40 p.m. Astronomical twilight ends at 8:07 p.m. The Moon sets at 3:19 p.m. and 3:52 p.m., respectively.

o Friday and Saturday, October 24th and 25th. Sunset is at 6:31 p.m. Astronomical twilight ends at 7:58 p.m. The Moon sets at 7:11 p.m. and 7:54 p.m., respectively.

o Future Sessions: November 14th and 15th; November 21st and 22nd.

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

ROANOKE CITY PARKS and RECREATION PUBLIC STARGAZE: Saturday, October 18th, 7:15 p.m., SITE TO BE DETERMINED. Nonmembers must register with Parks & Rec. at 540-853-2236. Members can call 540-774-5651 for information. (Next session: November 15th, 6:00 p.m., Cahas Knob Overlook, milepost 139 Blue Ridge Parkway.)

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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