Roanoke Valley

Astronomical

Society

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

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e: bring your own food, beverages, cups and utensils; folding chairs; and eat in family groups.  Masks will be worn whenever social distancing cannot be maintained outdoors or in the observatory. There will be do

RVAS MONTHLY “Zoom” MEETING: Monday, August 15th, 7:30 p.m. (Informal “Celestial Café” chat session begins at 7:00 p.m.). Dark skies, pristine optics, and sharp eyes seem requisite for astronomy, but . . . what if you're blind? For our meeting’s featured program, RVAS member Josh Urban shares his experiences teaching astronomy for the blind. Using sound, 3D printers, and imaginative examples, Josh has found the blind community an enthusiastic audience. Moreover, it's changed the way he interacts with the sky. In addition to a report of his work so far, he'll be opening the floor for brainstorming and input in this effort to transcribe the sky. Be sure to join us for what promises to be a fascinating and unique exploration of astronomy as likely few, if any, of us astrophiles have contemplated. Prior to meeting night, if you’re able, ponder a while what thoughts and ideas you might like to share with Josh. Along with our feature program, we’ll have our usual collection of astrophotography, observing reports, celestial highlights for the coming month and a lot more. President Hutkin will issue the Zoom invitations a few days before the meeting.