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Archive for September 2011

NASA’S Kepler Discovery Confirms First Planet Orbiting Two Stars

Sep 25th, 2011 | By | Category: Events

WASHINGTON — The existence of a world with a double sunset, as portrayed in the film Star Wars more than 30 years ago, is now scientific fact. NASA’s Kepler mission has made the first unambiguous detection of a circumbinary planet — a planet orbiting two stars — 200 light-years from Earth.      

Parting of the Clouds and a Busy Astro-Autumn!

Sep 18th, 2011 | By | Category: Blog

RAS Fall Picnic: With all astronomical observing events, we run the risk of having uncooperative weather. That was certainly the case with Saturday’s RAS Fall picnic at the Heart of Virginia Scout Reservation in Goochland. Early in the evening we had solid clouds and so we moved the event indoors where we had great accommodations […]