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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 31st and September 1st. Sunset is at 7:50 p.m.  Astronomical twilight ends at 9:20 p.m. The Moon rises at 10:57 and 11:34 p.m., respectively.

-- Friday and Saturday, September 7th and 8th.  Sunset is at 7:39 p.m.  Astronomical twilight ends at 9:08 p.m. The Moon sets at 6:34 and 7:17 p.m., respectively.

-- Future Weekend Observing Opportunities: Oct. 5th and 6th; 30th and 31st. (Note: Oct. 6th is the date of the Annual RVAS Picnic and Star Party for our members and their families.)

VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETIES (VAAS) CONVENTION: Saturday, September 29th, 9:00 a.m., Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Va.  Hosted this year by the Richmond Astronomical Society. For details visit:

ROANOKE CITY PARKS and RECREATION PUBLIC STARGAZE: Saturday, September 1st, 8:30 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: October 6th, 7:45 p.m., Cahas Knob Overlook.)