Richmond Astronomical Society

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Nice Thank You letter from SPBC skywatch

Jul 23rd, 2017 | By | Category: Events

I received this email after helping St. Paul Baptist Church host a skywatch in July. They were a great bunch, and we had a good time viewing Jupiter, the Moon, and some double stars. And I was surprised and pleased to see Tiffany and Joyceline at the last SMV skywatch–now, that’s staying in touch. Hi Terry, We […]



Skywatch at Short Pump Middle School

May 11th, 2017 | By | Category: Events

What a good group of kids–we had about 60 students and parents show up for the Short Pump Middle School skywatch. We started off in the auditorium with Madhup Rathi showed an astronomy slide show, and then we headed out behind the school to a fairly dark sky. Amazing–we could even see the big dipper […]



Chesterfield County skywatch

May 10th, 2017 | By | Category: Events

Here’s an alternate use for a soccer field–Terry Barker led a Chesterfield County skywatch for about 20 people on April 28, at the Woodlake Athletic Complex (behind Clover Hill Elementary). The sky was pretty bright, but the Moon, Jupiter, and Mizar were easy targets. Information to sign up is shown below.



Astronomy Day at the SMV

Apr 28th, 2017 | By | Category: Events


RAS presents STEM Fair awards

Mar 13th, 2017 | By | Category: Events

Here’s an interesting idea–to avoid radiation danger to astronauts during space travel, shield them by scooping out a hole in an asteroid and place them in there. That’s exactly the point of Naren Kasinath’s science fair project this year. Every year, RAS (Richmond Astronomical Society) seeks out projects just like this, and others that relate to […]



Skywatch at Matoaca Middle

Mar 3rd, 2017 | By | Category: Events

We had a great crowd of about 50-60 students and parents, last night, March 2, with a perfect night for star gazing. Ray Moody, Madhup Rathi, and myself (Terry Barker) used our telescopes to show off the Moon, Venus M42, and a few double stars. We started off inside the school, where Madhup gave a […]



Skywatch at Midlothian High

Dec 3rd, 2016 | By | Category: Events

Around 20 students and parents enjoyed the night sky on Dec. 1, using my (Terry Barker) telescope to to view the Moon, Pleiades, and double stars Albireo and Zeta Lyra. And we saw a great pass of the ISS passing almost directly overhead. As you can imagine, the sky in Midlothian is pretty muddy with light […]



Nice skywatch at the Museum

Sep 18th, 2016 | By | Category: Events

We had a good crowd last Friday night, including lots of young children–like this one, looking through Dan Salkovitz’s telescope. Jim Browder also had his video feed hooked up, and he got fantastic displays of Saturn.



Perseids to ignite across skies late this week in one of best meteor viewing opportunities of 2016 – AccuWeather.com

Aug 10th, 2016 | By | Category: Events

As Earth passes through the debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle late this week, the glowing trains of dying meteors will streak across the night sky, marking the annual return of the Perseid meteor shower. Source: Perseids to ignite across skies late this week in one of best meteor viewing opportunities of 2016 – AccuWeather.com



Follow Mars to His Double Star Lair – Sky & Telescope

Jun 4th, 2016 | By | Category: Events

This week and early next, the nearly full Moon will make deep-sky viewing nearly impossible, but Mars will be untouched, as will that other category of stellar gems, double stars. Neither is affected much by moonlight, so bring it on. Source: Follow Mars to His Double Star Lair – Sky & Telescope