Fall Picnic and Loads of Fall Stargazing Events

Fall picnic:  Our fall picnic is scheduled for September 17, 2011 at the Heart of Virginia Scout Reservation in Goochland.  This is the same location where we had last year’s fall picnic.  The Scout Reservation is an excellent location with convenient picnic facilities, restrooms, electricity and, lest we forget, a nice dark sky.  With the … Read more

May 2011 Board Meeting Minutes

RAS Board Meeting May 16, 2011  President Jim Browder called the meeting to order at 7:02pm.  Attendees (10): Jim Browder, President David Medici, Vice President Jim Blowers, Treasurer Chris McCann, Secretary Ken Wilson Betty Wilson Prashant Reddy Gary Cowardin Dave Walton Jeff Pike    Secretary’s report given by Chris McCann February’s board meeting minutes were … Read more

Juno is on the way

PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s solar-powered Juno spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 9:25 a.m. PDT (12:25 p.m. EDT) Friday to begin a five-year journey to Jupiter. . Juno’s detailed study of the largest planet in our solar system will help reveal Jupiter’s origin and evolution. As the archetype of … Read more

Images of Asteroid Vesta

News release from NASA about images of asteroid Vesta:  NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, the first ever to orbit an object in the main asteroid belt, is spiraling towards its first of four intensive science orbits. That initial orbit of the rocky world Vesta begins Aug. 11, at an altitude of nearly 1,700 miles (2,700 kilometers) and … Read more