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RVAS 2023 Picnic and Star Party: Saturday, September 23rd, 4:00 p.m. to 10 p.m., Apple Ridge Farm, Copper Hill (Rain Date: Saturday, September 30th). Our annual event for RVAS members and their families. (Takes the place of the September monthly meeting.) Tailgate Style Picnic” – Bring your

own food, beverages (no alcohol, please) and other dinner needs. Bring your own folding chairs, if desired. Door prizes, silent auction, giveaways and evening observing at ARF observatory! Members are welcome to bring their own scopes. See elsewhere in this issue for additional information, directions and ARF map. Mark your calendar and be sure to join in the fun! The next regular monthly meeting is October 16th


WEEKEND OBSERVING OPPORTUNITIES: The following information on Fridays and Saturdays that may

be suitable for observing is provided as a courtesy to RVAS members and other readers. The RVAS assumes

no responsibility for the health and safety of anyone venturing out to stargaze, and cautions all who may do

so to observe appropriate COVID-19 health and safety precautions.

Friday and Saturday, September 8th & 9th

. Sunset is at 7:39p.m. Astronomical twilight ends at 9:07 p.m.

The Moon sets at 4:20 and 5:07 p.m., respectively.

Friday and Saturday, September 15th & 16th

. Sunset is at 7:28 p.m. Astronomical twilight ends at 8:55

p.m. The Moon sets at 7:57 and 8:19 p.m., respectively.

Future Weekend Observing Opportunities: October 6th & 7th; 13th & 14th