Richmond Astronomical Society

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 Park and James River State Park. We understand that additional parks in Virginia, including Fairy Stone, Natural Bridge, and Douthat State Parks have each expressed interest or are at some stage in the process of applying for Dark Sky Park certification.  You can see a complete list of all astronomy events at Virginia State Parks for May – December 2019 at the bottom of this post.  You will be amazed at the number of events that the parks have scheduled.

Staunton River State Park hosts astronomy events throughout the year and, twice annually, hosts the Staunton River Star Party in conjunction with the Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society.  The currently scheduled events at Staunton River State Park are listed below:

Staunton River State Park
1170 Staunton Trail, Scottsburg, VA 24589
Phone: 434-572-4623   Email Address: StauntonRiver@dcr.virginia.gov
Web Site: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/staunton-river
Date Event Type Event
07/06/2019  9:00 p.m. Astronomy/Stargazing Observing Session
08/03/2019  9:00 p.m. Astronomy/Stargazing Observing Session
09/01/2019  8:00 p.m. Astronomy/Stargazing Observing Session
10/21/2019  12:00 p.m.
To
10/27/2019
Astronomy/Stargazing Fall Staunton River Star Party
10/25/2019  8:00 p.m. Astronomy/Stargazing Fall Staunton River Star Party Public Night
11/11/2019  10:00 a.m. Astronomy/Stargazing Transit of Mercury
11/23/2019  7:00 p.m. Astronomy/Stargazing Observing Session
12/14/2019  7:00 p.m. Astronomy/Stargazing Geminid Meteor Shower Observing Session
12/28/2019  7:00 p.m. Astronomy/Stargazing Observing Session

More information about the next Staunton River Star Party, October 21-27 is at  http://www.chaosastro.org/starparty/ and at their Facebook page.

James River State Park just recently received their Dark Sky Park designation (see this short video of the dedication ceremony) and hosts astronomy events throughout the year supported by the Richmond Astronomical Society and Crewe Astronomy Club.  The next event at James River State Park is scheduled for June 29 near the park visitor center, which the Richmond Astronomical Society will be co-hosting.  We understand that planning for more astronomy events at James River is in the works.

James River State Park
104 Green Hill Dr., Gladstone, VA 24553
Phone: 434-933-4355   Email Address: JamesRiver@dcr.virginia.gov
Web Site: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/james-river
Date Event Type Event
06/29/2019  9:00 p.m. Astronomy/Stargazing Richmond Astronomy Club
11/02/2019  6:30 p.m. Astronomy/Stargazing Crewe Astronomy

 

Below is a list of all astronomy events scheduled at Virginia State Parks from May through December 2019.  The number of events scheduled is unbelievable.  Please do what you can to support and enjoy these events.  This level of support for astronomy and appreciation of the night sky by our state park system is absolutely awesome.

Date Park Event Type Event
06/06/2019  9:00 p.m. Douthat State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Star Gazing
06/07/2019  7:00 p.m. Claytor Lake State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Welcome Campfire
06/07/2019  8:30 p.m. Shenandoah River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Night Hike
06/08/2019  7:00 p.m. Shenandoah River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Star Stories
06/08/2019  8:00 p.m. Shenandoah River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Shenandoah Astronomical Society
06/08/2019  9:30 p.m. New River Trail State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Stars Of The New River
06/13/2019  9:00 p.m. Douthat State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Star Gazing
06/14/2019  8:00 p.m. Claytor Lake State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Welcome Campfire
06/14/2019  8:30 p.m. Shenandoah River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Night Hike
06/15/2019  9:00 a.m. Kiptopeke State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Virginia State Parks History and Culture Day
06/15/2019  7:30 p.m. Twin Lakes State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Twilight Tours
06/15/2019  7:45 p.m. Bear Creek Lake State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Moonlight Canoe Tour
06/15/2019  8:30 p.m. Natural Tunnel State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Touring the Galaxy
06/17/2019  8:00 p.m. Natural Bridge State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Full Moon Yoga
06/17/2019  9:00 p.m. Claytor Lake State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Full Moon Hike
06/20/2019  9:00 p.m. Douthat State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Star Gazing
06/21/2019  7:00 p.m. Claytor Lake State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Welcome Campfire
06/21/2019  8:30 p.m. Shenandoah River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Night Hike
06/22/2019  1:00 p.m. Westmoreland State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Great American Campout
06/22/2019  1:30 p.m. Grayson Highlands State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Great American Campout
06/22/2019  7:00 p.m. Leesylvania State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Great American Campout
06/27/2019  9:00 p.m. Douthat State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Star Gazing
06/28/2019  8:00 p.m. Claytor Lake State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Welcome Campfire
06/28/2019  8:30 p.m. Shenandoah River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Night Hike
06/29/2019  8:00 p.m.
New Time
Caledon State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Star Parties on the Lawn
06/29/2019  9:00 p.m. James River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Richmond Astronomy Club
07/05/2019  7:00 p.m. Claytor Lake State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Welcome Campfire
07/06/2019  8:00 p.m. Shenandoah River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Shenandoah Astronomical Society
07/06/2019  8:00 p.m. York River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Stargazing
07/06/2019  8:30 p.m. Natural Tunnel State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Touring the Galaxy
07/06/2019  8:30 p.m. Sky Meadows State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Astronomy for Everyone
07/06/2019  9:00 p.m. Staunton River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Observing Session
07/12/2019  8:00 p.m. Claytor Lake State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Welcome Campfire
07/13/2019  7:30 p.m. Twin Lakes State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Twilight Tours
07/13/2019  7:45 p.m. Bear Creek Lake State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Moonlight Canoe Tour
07/16/2019  8:00 p.m. Natural Bridge State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Full Moon Yoga
07/16/2019  9:00 p.m. Claytor Lake State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Full Moon Hike
07/19/2019  8:00 p.m. Claytor Lake State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Welcome Campfire
07/20/2019  8:30 p.m. Natural Tunnel State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Touring the Galaxy
07/26/2019  7:00 p.m. Claytor Lake State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Welcome Campfire
07/27/2019  7:45 p.m.
New Time
Caledon State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Star Parties on the Lawn
07/27/2019  9:30 p.m. New River Trail State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Stars Of The New River
07/28/2019  8:00 p.m. False Cape State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Night Skies
07/29/2019  9:00 p.m. Natural Tunnel State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Meteor Mondays
08/03/2019  8:00 p.m. Natural Tunnel State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Touring the Galaxy
08/03/2019  8:00 p.m. Shenandoah River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Shenandoah Astronomical Society
08/03/2019  8:00 p.m. Sky Meadows State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Astronomy for Everyone
08/03/2019  8:00 p.m. York River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Stargazing
08/03/2019  9:00 p.m. Staunton River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Observing Session
08/10/2019  8:00 p.m. Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Summer Night Star Lights at Sailor’s Creek
08/12/2019  7:45 p.m. Bear Creek Lake State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Moonlight Canoe Tour
08/12/2019  9:00 p.m. Natural Tunnel State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Meteor Mondays
08/15/2019  8:00 p.m. Natural Bridge State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Full Moon Yoga
08/17/2019  7:30 p.m. Twin Lakes State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Twilight Tours
08/17/2019  8:00 p.m. Natural Tunnel State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Touring the Galaxy
08/24/2019  7:30 p.m. Caledon State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Star Parties on the Lawn
08/24/2019  7:30 p.m. Powhatan State Park Astronomy/Stargazing A Night with the Stars
08/24/2019  9:30 p.m. New River Trail State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Stars Of The New River
08/31/2019  8:00 p.m. False Cape State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Night Skies
08/31/2019  8:00 p.m. York River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Stargazing
09/01/2019  8:00 p.m. Staunton River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Observing Session
09/07/2019  7:00 p.m. Bear Creek Lake State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Moonlight Canoe Tour
09/07/2019  7:30 p.m. Natural Tunnel State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Touring the Galaxy
09/07/2019  7:30 p.m. Pocahontas State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Explore the Night Sky with Crewe Astronomy Club
09/07/2019  8:00 p.m. Shenandoah River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Shenandoah Astronomical Society
09/07/2019  9:30 p.m. New River Trail State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Stars Of The New River
09/21/2019  7:00 p.m. Natural Tunnel State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Touring the Galaxy
09/28/2019  5:00 p.m. York River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Stargazing
09/28/2019  6:30 p.m. Sky Meadows State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Astronomy for Everyone
09/28/2019  9:30 p.m. New River Trail State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Stars Of The New River
10/05/2019  6:30 p.m. Bear Creek Lake State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Crewe Astronomy Club
10/05/2019  6:45 p.m. Natural Tunnel State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Touring the Galaxy
10/05/2019  8:00 p.m. Shenandoah River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Shenandoah Astronomical Society
10/19/2019  6:30 p.m. Natural Tunnel State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Touring the Galaxy
10/21/2019  12:00 p.m.
To
10/27/2019
Staunton River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Fall Staunton River Star Party
10/21/2019  9:00 p.m. Natural Tunnel State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Meteor Mondays
10/25/2019  8:00 p.m. Staunton River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Fall Staunton River Star Party Public Night
10/26/2019  5:00 p.m. York River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Stargazing
10/26/2019  6:00 p.m. Sky Meadows State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Astronomy for Everyone
10/27/2019  7:00 p.m. False Cape State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Haunted Night Hike
11/02/2019  6:30 p.m. James River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Crewe Astronomy
11/11/2019  10:00 a.m. Staunton River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Transit of Mercury
11/23/2019  4:30 p.m. Sky Meadows State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Astronomy for Everyone
11/23/2019  5:00 p.m. York River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Stargazing
11/23/2019  7:00 p.m. Staunton River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Observing Session
12/14/2019  7:00 p.m. Staunton River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Geminid Meteor Shower Observing Session
12/28/2019  4:30 p.m. Sky Meadows State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Astronomy for Everyone
12/28/2019  5:00 p.m. York River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Stargazing
12/28/2019  7:00 p.m. Staunton River State Park Astronomy/Stargazing Observing Session

 

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