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New Star Party at James River State Park!

Aug 18th, 2019 | By | Category: Events

. James River State Park will be hosting an astronomer’s observing weekend November 1-3, 2019. This is one of the darkest sites in Virginia east of the mountains. There will be a small fee (less than regular park camping). We will be using the entire amphitheater area for camping and observing. There will be limited […]

Dark Sky Park Observing in Virginia

Jun 2nd, 2019 | By | Category: Events

  It would be surprising if you have not heard our members talk about the dark skies of rural Virginia and the support astronomy has received from Virginia State Parks.  But, just in case you have not heard, Virginia has two Dark Sky Parks, designated by the International Dark Sky Association – Staunton River State […]

Jun 4th, 2018 | By | Category: Blog

. Tyler Hutchison wins the National Horkheimer/D’Auria Youth Service Award! RAS Board Member Tyler Hutchison was recently awarded the National Horkheimer/D’Auria Youth Service Award sponsored by the Astronomical League.  This is an outstanding honor!  Congratulations Tyler! . The Award is based upon service to the League, either directly or through service to any Astronomical League […]

2019 Star Parties

May 20th, 2018 | By | Category: Blog

Lots of star party opportunities in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond.  Below are the ones for which we have information.  If you would like another event to be listed or have more information on one of the events below, please send a note to __________________________ Winter Star Party, February 4 – 10, Camp Weesumkee […]

NEAF 2018 by Mearl Balmer

May 6th, 2018 | By | Category: Blog

. On April 20 John Raymond, Ray Moody and I traveled by car to Suffern, NY for the 2018 Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) show (27th year!). Indeed, quite a show it is.  . The lengthy trip was a pleasant one, with no shortage of discussion among the three of us about the world of astronomy. […]

Staunton River Star Party – Registration is now open for October!

May 6th, 2018 | By | Category: Events

  Registration is now open for the fall installment of the Staunton River Star Party (October 8 – 14)! . Registration information at . This star party is distinguished by being held at Staunton River State Park, which is designated by the International Dark Skies Association as a dark sky park and has a […]

Presentation Slides – Madhup Rathi – March 13 2018

Mar 12th, 2018 | By | Category: Blog


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 ( 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 […]

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 […]