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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 our traditional location and most often 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, August 3rd and 4th. Sunset is at 8:25 p.m. Astronomical twilight ends at 10:06 p.m. The Moon rises at 12:21 and 12:56 a.m., Respectively.


-- Friday and Saturday, August 10th and 11th. Sunset is at 8:18 p.m. Astronomical twilight ends at 9:55 p.m. The Moon sets at 7:57 and 8:44 p.m., Respectively.


-- Friday and Saturday, August 31st and September 1st. Sunset is at 7:50 p.m. Astronomical twilight ends at 9:20 p.m. The Moon sets at 10:57 and 11:34 p.m., Respectively.


-- Future Weekend Observing Opportunities: Sept. 7th and 8th.


ROANOKE CITY PARKS and RECREATION PUBLIC STARGAZE: Saturday, August 4th, 9:15 p.m., Ca-has 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: September 1st, 8:30 p.m., Cahas Knob Overlook.)