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RVAS WEEKEND OBSERVING OPPORTUNITIES: RVAS members observe from various sites.  Cahas Knob Overlook, at milepost 139 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, is the traditional location most frequented.  For updates on members’ observing plans, log onto the RVAS Yahoo Group (RVAS members only) and/or call the RVAS Message Line, 540-774-5651, about an hour before sunset on the indicated dates.

-- Friday and Saturday, October 13th and 14th.  Sunset is at 6:45 p.m.  Astronomical twilight ends at 8:11 p.m. The Moon sets at 3:20 and 4:04 p.m., respectively. (Note: October 14th is the 2017 RVAS picnic and star party—see above and elsewhere in this issue.)

-- Friday and Saturday, October 20th and 21st.  Sunset is at 6:36 p.m.  Astronomical twilight ends at 8:03 p.m. The Moon sets at 7:31 and 8:05 p.m., respectively. (Note:  October 21st is the 2017 Virginia Association of Astronomical Society (VAAS) Conference in Virginia Beach.)

-- Future Weekend Observing Opportunities: November 10th and 11th; November 17th and 18th.  

ROANOKE CITY PARKS and RECREATION PUBLIC STARGAZE: Saturday, October 21st, 7:30 p.m., Cahas Knob Overlook, milepost 139, Blue Ridge Parkway.  Nonmembers must register with Parks & Rec. at 540-853-2236.  Members can call 540-774-5651 for information.  (Next session: November 18th, 6:00 p.m., Cahas Knob Overlook.)