|The next meeting of the Richmond Astronomical Society will be on Tuesday, October 14, 7:30 PM at the Science Museum of Virginia. Please join us for the meeting and for dinner at Arby’s across the street from the Museum at 6:00 PM.
Powhatan State Park skywatch has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 20. Please join us if you can.
RAS Fall potluck picnic / observing session will be on October 18 at Belmead in Powhatan. Please join us and bring a dish to share (and a telescope). We will set up about 3:00 – please bring food items before 5:00 PM.
According to Spaceweather.com: “The first of two CMEs expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field on Sept. 12th arrived on schedule. Although the geomagnetic storm it provoked was technically only minor (G1-class), Northern Lights were observed as far south as Arizona.”
Spaceweather further reports: “A second and potentially more powerful CME is still en route. Geomagnetic storming could become strong (G3-class) during the late hours of Sept. 12th and Sept 13th after the second CME arrives. NOAA forecasters estimate a 45% chance that geomagnetic storming will reach mid-latitudes. Sky watchers everywhere should remain alert for auroras.”
For more information see http://spaceweather.com/. If you happen to be in an area that has clear skies late on September 12, you might want to take a look!
Did the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission just find a Gamma-Ray Burst originating in Andromeda? Turns out the answer is no, but it’s still interesting.
Read more here.
Were ripples in the fabric of space time truly discovered this past March? This is a World Science Festival live stream event, enabling you to listen to a singular conversation, among the world’s most respected pioneers in cosmological theory and observation.
A supernova has appeared in the Messier 82 galaxy – visible in moderate size telescopes and a well-placed imaging target. More information here.
You can actually watch ISON go around the sun via the Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Incredible time lapse video of two comets passing earth