Richmond Astronomical Society

Archive for January 2011

Media Mention and a New Look for the SMV

Jan 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Blog

Mention in the media:  The RAS skywatch scheduled for tonight, January 21, at the SMV was mentioned in an online news item at NBC 12 On Your Side.  Please join us and bring a scope if you can.  Dress warmly if you come, temperatures are expected to drop below freezing into the mid-twenties during the […]

NASA’s Fermi Catches Thunderstorms Hurling Antimatter into Space

Jan 12th, 2011 | By | Category: Events

Scientists using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have detected beams of antimatter produced above thunderstorms on Earth, a phenomenon never seen before. Scientists think the antimatter particles were formed in a terrestrial gamma-ray flash (TGF), a brief burst produced inside thunderstorms and shown to be associated with lightning. It is estimated that about 500 TGFs […]

Happy 2011!

Jan 5th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog

Happy 2011:  I hope everyone had a great holiday season and enjoyed celebrating the arrival of 2011.  To greet the new year, we were treated with a Quadrantid meteor shower under a near-new moon. I spent about an hour or so taking in the sky and looking for meteors early this week.  I saw three […]

Incredible double treat image

Jan 4th, 2011 | By | Category: Events

Image of the GIANT solar eclipse, with a special present included!