Richmond Astronomical Society



Sep 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Events

John Goss, president of the Astronomical League, found an item in a 1950 issue of the Astronomical League’s magazine, The Reflector.  The news item welcomes the Richmond Astronomical Society into the League!  Image below courtesy of John Goss.  For more information about the Astronomical League and the benefits it offers, visit  Membership in the Astronomical League is included in Richmond Astronomical Society membership.


Reflector 1950


Solar Storm Update

Sep 12th, 2014 | By | Category: Events

According to “The first of two CMEs expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field on Sept. 12th arrived on schedule. Although the geomagnetic storm it provoked was technically only minor (G1-class), Northern Lights were observed as far south as Arizona.”


Spaceweather further reports:  “A second and potentially more powerful CME is still en route. Geomagnetic storming could become strong (G3-class) during the late hours of Sept. 12th and Sept 13th after the second CME arrives. NOAA forecasters estimate a 45% chance that geomagnetic storming will reach mid-latitudes. Sky watchers everywhere should remain alert for auroras.”


For more information see  If you happen to be in an area that has clear skies late on September 12, you might want to take a look!

Gamma Ray Burst in Andromeda (False Alarm)

May 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Events

Did the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission just find a Gamma-Ray Burst originating in Andromeda? Turns out the answer is no, but it’s still interesting.

Read more here.

Ripples in space time?

May 22nd, 2014 | By | Category: Events

Were ripples in the fabric of space time truly discovered this past March? This is a World Science Festival live stream event, enabling you to listen to a singular conversation, among the world’s most respected pioneers in  cosmological theory and observation.

Big Bang & Brews | Science Pub RVA.

The first photo of the Orion Nebula compared to one taken by an iPhone

Mar 4th, 2014 | By | Category: Events

The first photo of the Orion Nebula compared to one taken by an iPhone.

Supernova in M82!

Jan 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Events

A supernova has appeared in the Messier 82 galaxy – visible in moderate size telescopes and a well-placed imaging target.  More information here.

Supernova in M82 - imaged by Jim Browder

Where to watch Comet ISONs fiery journey on Thursday – Computerworld

Nov 27th, 2013 | By | Category: Events

You can actually watch ISON go around the sun via the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Where to watch Comet ISONs fiery journey on Thursday – Computerworld.

Video of two comets, taken from space

Nov 26th, 2013 | By | Category: Events

Incredible time lapse video of two comets passing earth — News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids.

Astounding astronomy photo / Silhouettes by Harry Finder

Nov 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Events

500px / Silhouettes by Harry Finder.

My New Favorite Star Party

Oct 13th, 2013 | By | Category: Events

A new blog entry has been posted about the recent Staunton River Star Party.  It was a great party!  Tell your astronomer friends.  The blog post is at this link.