Richmond Astronomical Society

Archive for August 2012

Latest News Stories

Aug 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Meetings

Star Zips around Milky Way Black Hole once in 11.5 years   Strange Cold Layer Discovered in Atmosphere of Venus   Gemini Observatory Captures Sharpest-Ever Ground-Based Image of Pluto and Charon   Liquid water near Europa’s surface a rarity   NASA rover finds old streambed on martian surface   Peering to the edge of a […]



The Sun’s almost perfectly round shape baffles scientists

Aug 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Meetings

Story from Astronomy.com



RAS has style

Aug 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Events

Jason Roop’s (Editor of Style Magazine) newsletter highlighted us this week. It included this verbiage, which contains a link to the Style Magazine page describing our sky watch. WEEKEND ASSIGNMENTS: 1. Gaze at the stars through these powerful lenses with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Thanks, Jason. And here’s a clip of the page.



May 2012 Board Meeting Minutes

Aug 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Board Meetings

RAS Board Meeting May 21, 2012   President Jim Browder called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.   Attendees (10): Jim Browder, President David Medici, Vice President Jim Blowers, Treasurer Chris McCann, Secretary Ken Wilson Bettie Wilson Prashant Reddy Bill Newman Tim Streagle Gary Cowardin (appeared at end of meeting)   Secretary’s report given by […]



Perseids meteors this weekend

Aug 11th, 2012 | By | Category: Events

The peak of this show is either tonight (Saturday, Aug. 11), or tomorrow night, depending on which web site you look at. But I’d go with Sunday, because we’re going to be clouded out tonight in Richmond. This is one of the best meteor showers of the year, and I was planning on trying tonight […]



Mars Landing

Aug 5th, 2012 | By | Category: Events

Curiosity is scheduled to land in the Red Planet’s Gale Crater late Sunday or very, very early Monday, depending on your Earthbound time zone. Confirmation of the landing should come at about 10:31 p.m. PT Sunday for folks on the U.S. West Coast, or 1:31 a.m. ET Monday for those on the East Coast. The […]