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Governor’s Visit to Staunton River State Park

Apr 21st, 2017 | By | Category: Blog

Many thanks to the RAS astronomers who helped support Governor Terry McAuliffe’s visit to Staunton River State Park. Ray Moody, John Raymond, Pernel Johnson, Jim Langley and I were there. Tyler and Angie Hutchison and Kathryn Raymond were there in spirit – things came up at the last minute that prevented them from joining us. […]



Notable Sky Sights in Late December

Dec 18th, 2016 | By | Category: Blog

The Ursid meteor shower will be active between December 17 and 24 with its expected peak late December 21 into the early morning hours of December 22 (http://www.space.com/34973-ursid-meteor-shower-guide.html). Meteor showers are unpredictable in terms of the number and brightness of the meteors they produce, but if the weather permits, you might see some interesting meteors […]



2017 Star Parties

Dec 17th, 2016 | By | Category: Blog

Lots of star party opportunities in the mid-Atlantic region.  Below are the ones for which we have information.  If you would like another event to be listed, please send a note to president@richastro.org. __________________________ Staunton River Star Party – Spring Installment, March 22-26, Staunton River State Park: More information at http://www.chaosastro.com/starparty/.  For those that have […]



Sydney Mabry in the News!

Nov 23rd, 2016 | By | Category: Blog

Sydney Mabry and her dad, Mark, have been members of RAS for some time and Sydney has made presentations at monthly meetings.  One of her presentations was a description of how she and her dad built a telescope together – the same telescope that you might have seen at a number of Astronomy Day and […]



Belmead Update

Nov 4th, 2016 | By | Category: Blog, Events

Belmead update – good news / bad news:  The bad news is that the Belmead property is now officially on the market and this situation jeopardizes long-term continuation of our observing at Belmead and our outreach facility there, not to mention preservation of the property in general.  The good news is that a new non-profit […]



Glow

Oct 22nd, 2016 | By | Category: Blog, Events

The RAS skywatch scheduled for October 21 at the Science Museum of Virginia was canceled due to clouds.  However, the less-than-favorable observing weather provided an opportunity for RAS astronomers on site to take in the Science Museum’s “Glow” event where we experienced lots of great displays including a Bernoulli blast of ping pong balls, resonant […]



Geology at the RAS Observatory?

Oct 21st, 2016 | By | Category: Blog, Events

Geology is a little different for us, but we are an eclectic lot and have widely varying interests. Recently RAS member Randy Tatum hosted Michael Davias and friends from the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences to sample the sediments underlying the RAS Ragland Observatory.  As it turns out, our observatory sits in one of a […]



Citizen Science

Oct 21st, 2016 | By | Category: Blog, Events

If you have read more than a few of our updates, you will have had the pleasure of seeing some beautiful images captured and processed by Madhup Rathi.  In addition to taking pretty pictures, he also submits asteroid tracking data to the Minor Planet Center & University Of Arizona scientists, as they are interested in […]



Stargazing Expedition to Cape Hatteras – John Raymond

Sep 30th, 2016 | By | Category: Blog, Events

I visited Cape Hatteras last weekend for the purpose of stargazing. I went ten years ago and had one excellent night under dark skies. This year did not go so well.   Last time I stayed at Frisco Woods Campground, right on the northern shore of the island. The trees blocked the lights from the […]



RAS member Randy Tatum receives Walter H. Haas Observing Award

Sep 18th, 2016 | By | Category: Blog

RAS member Randy Tatum receives national recognition as a recipient of the Walter H. Haas Observer Award from the Astronomical League! At ALCON 2016, this years annual convention of the Astronomical League, RAS member Randy Tatum was honored by the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers with the Walter H. Haas Observer Award for excellence […]