VAAS 2018 

Sept. 29, 2018, 9:00 AM

Virginia Association of Astronomical Societies

VAAS 2018

The VAAS convention for 2018 is being held in Ashland, VA–also known as “The Center of the Universe.” Don’t believe it? Just watch this video:

Randolph-Macon College (VAAS sponsor)

114 College Ave

Ashland, VA 23005


Copley Science Center (Events will be held here)

304 Caroline Street

Ashland, VA 23005


The Richmond Astronomical Society (RAS) is hosting this years’s VAAS convention.

We’re based in Richmond, VA, about 10 miles south of Ashland.

We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Science Museum of Virginia (SMV).

Dr. George Spagna, Randolph-Macon College


Greg Redfern, Creator of What’s Up website


Dr. Michael Skrutskie, Chair–Astronomy Department Head, University of Virginia


Dr. Robin T. Garrod, Assistant Professor of Astronomy & Chemistry, University of Virginia


Randy Tatum, RAS member, Recipient of Walter Haas Lifelong Achievement Award

Randy will set up a running slide show, “Highlights of 45 years of solar imaging”.  He will have about 1400 (10 sec/image) of his favorites from drawings, still photography, videography and webcam. 


Russ Hummel, RAS member, and Roving Astronaut

Developed for Project Apollo the A7L Apollo spacesuit was the primary pressure suit worn by NASA astronauts on all space flights until the termination of the Apollo program in 1975. 

LC Dover space suit used for the Apollo and Skylab programs, operational 1968. Hamilton Standard had overall development responsibility for the Apollo suit and associated portable life support system. A subcontract was awarded to International Latex Corporation for development of this suit.

Status: operational 1968. Gross mass: 48 kg (105 lb).

After suit development was completed, the production contract was awarded to International Latex, and the initial suit was designated A5L. The A6L design incorporated a thermal/ meteoroid garment. This was never flown. Following the Apollo fire, the suit was redesigned to eliminate flammable materials and was designated A7L (designation A8L was never used).

Each Apollo astronaut had three custom fitted A7L suits – one for flight, one for training, and one for flight back-up. The Apollo suit weighed 22 kg and its PLSS Portable Life Support System, 26 kg. The A7LB modification was used for Apollo J series lunar landing missions.




Jim Browder, RAS President

Astronomy at RMC
Dr. George Spagna

Mapping the Solar System’s most powerful volcano (Loki Patera on Io) with the world’s largest telescope (the Large Binocular Telescope)
Dr. Michael Skrutskie, Chair, Dept. of Astronomy, UVA


Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater
Greg Redfern, Website “What’s Up”

Interstellar Molecules: The Search for Molecular Complexity
Dr. Robin T. Garrod, Assistant Professor of Astronomy & Chemistry, UVA

Door prizes

VAAS Club Meeting
Club officers

Keeble Observatory Tour


All day
Have Space Suit…… Will Travel
Russ Hummel, RAS member

All day
Highlights of 45 Years of Solar Imaging
Randy Tatum, RAS member

Poor Farm Park

List of items here