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Archive for August 2011

The 2011 meeting of the Virginia Association of Astronomical Societies will be on October 1

Aug 18th, 2011 | By | Category: Events

. News from our friends with the Back Amateur Astronomers who are hosting this years meeting of the Virginia Association of Astronomical Societies:  The VAAS Annual Convention for 2011 is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, at Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach Campus. Times are approximately 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM with an observing session planned […]



Fall Picnic and Loads of Fall Stargazing Events

Aug 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog

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 […]



May 2011 Board Meeting Minutes

Aug 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Board Meetings

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 […]



Juno is on the way

Aug 5th, 2011 | By | Category: Events

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 […]



Images of Asteroid Vesta

Aug 3rd, 2011 | By | Category: Events

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 […]