Latest News Stories

Star Zips around Milky Way Black Hole once in 11.5 years   Strange Cold Layer Discovered in Atmosphere of Venus   Gemini Observatory Captures Sharpest-Ever Ground-Based Image of Pluto and Charon   Liquid water near Europa’s surface a rarity   NASA rover finds old streambed on martian surface   Peering to the edge of a … Read more

RAS has style

Jason Roop’s (Editor of Style Magazine) newsletter highlighted us this week. It included this verbiage, which contains a link to the Style Magazine page describing our sky watch. [embedit snippet=”quote”] WEEKEND ASSIGNMENTS: 1. Gaze at the stars through these powerful lenses with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Thanks, Jason. And here’s a clip of the page. [embedit snippet=”clear”]

May 2012 Board Meeting Minutes

RAS Board Meeting May 21, 2012   President Jim Browder called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.   Attendees (10): Jim Browder, President David Medici, Vice President Jim Blowers, Treasurer Chris McCann, Secretary Ken Wilson Bettie Wilson Prashant Reddy Bill Newman Tim Streagle Gary Cowardin (appeared at end of meeting)   Secretary’s report given by … Read more

Perseids meteors this weekend

The peak of this show is either tonight (Saturday, Aug. 11), or tomorrow night, depending on which web site you look at. But I’d go with Sunday, because we’re going to be clouded out tonight in Richmond. This is one of the best meteor showers of the year, and I was planning on trying tonight too, because even though the peak will last only a few hours, there will be a heavier frequency of meteors for a week on either side of the peak. The closer to the peak, the better, of course.

Read morePerseids meteors this weekend

Mars Landing

Curiosity is scheduled to land in the Red Planet’s Gale Crater late Sunday or very, very early Monday, depending on your Earthbound time zone. Confirmation of the landing should come at about 10:31 p.m. PT Sunday for folks on the U.S. West Coast, or 1:31 a.m. ET Monday for those on the East Coast. The … Read more