Richmond Astronomical Society

Archive for July 2009

Skywatch report–James River State Park

Jul 31st, 2009 | By | Category: Events

This took place Saturday night, July 25. The park is near Gladstone, VA, so it’s quite a hike from Richmond. 85 miles, in fact.



Stargazing at Radford

Jul 31st, 2009 | By | Category: Events

I was at Radford, Virginia at SUUSI on 2009 July 23. One of the things I did at SUUSI was “Stargazing”, where we went to a site near Mountain Lake.



ISS pass tonight (July 28), 8:40 pm

Jul 28th, 2009 | By | Category: Events

ISS pass tonight, 8:40 pm (July 28),. -2.5 magnitude, 46 degrees high, traveling from NW to SE.



ISS pass tonight, 9:02 pm (July 25)

Jul 25th, 2009 | By | Category: Events

-2.4 magnitude, 40 degrees high, traveling from the NW to the NE. The crescent moon will also be near Saturn tonight.



July Meeting, VAAS and Some Solar Observing

Jul 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog

July Meeting: At the July meeting, we heard a re-cap of the Green Bank Star Quest from Terry Barker.  Several RAS members attended and, from all reports, enjoyed the event.  This star party has been held for the past six years at the National Radio Observatory in Green Bank, WV.  The event is sponsored by […]



Ladies and Gentlemen, start your webcams!

Jul 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: Events

If you haven’t heard, something has hit Jupiter and left a dark spot in the upper cloud layers of the planet.  The impact apparently occurred several days ago and the resulting spot is reportedly still visible through moderate size telescopes and would make a great webcam target for the imagers in our group.  More information […]



Tesla lecture

Jul 22nd, 2009 | By | Category: Events

This was a Lunch Break Science event at the Science Museum. The talk was given by the Byrd Theatre’s Todd Schall-Vess. He gave an excellent overview of Nikola Tesla’s contribution to science, and also the gut wrenching details of how he was cheated out of large amounts of money several times in his life.



Iridium flare 10:10 pm, July 21

Jul 21st, 2009 | By | Category: Events

Iridium flare at 10:10 pm tonight (July 21), -5 mag, 44 degrees high, in the ENE direction.



Lunchbreak Science, Tesla–July 22

Jul 20th, 2009 | By | Category: Events

July 22, 2009, Science Museum, 12-1 pm, FREE, Tesla: The Original Spark of Genius. Todd Schall-Vess, General Manager, Byrd Theatre



Twitter updates available on FIOS

Jul 20th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog

You can now access Facebook and Twitter from FIOS widgets. Just go to the menu, and select widgets (or press the widget button–the blue + button). Cycle through widgets until you get to Widget Bazaar. You can set up Favorites, like your own userid, or richastrova, to get richastro updates.