Memorable Events with Members of the Richmond Astronomical Society

Randy Tatum at the helm of the RAS Ragland Observatory telescope on a Fall morning in October 2014. The inset is an image of the sun in hydrogen-alpha light showing what Randy was viewing on that morning.

John Goss, 2015 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.

Montage of images from the 2014 Fall RAS picnic at Belmead in Powhatan..  Beautiful afternoon views, delicious food and marvelous company were followed, unfortunately, by clouds after sunset.  After 11:00 PM the clouds parted and those of us that remained were treated to a dark sky that was clear from edge-to-edge for a couple of hours.  Master Chef David Medici is shown at the helm of the grill.

Richmond Astronomers at the March 2015 installment of the Staunton River Star Party: Madhup Rathi, John Raymond, Pernel Johnson, David Medici, Jim Langley, Joe Racette and Jim Browder.RAS sponsored several informal talks as our contribution to the party and we thank all the speakers who presented, including John Raymond, Pernel Johnson, Laura Greenleaf, Jim Langley and Jim Browder.  Many thanks to our friends at the Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society (CHAOS) and the Staunton River State Park for hosting the party.

Adam Layman and Jayme Hanzak speak at the Staunton River dedication

Ceremony in July 2015 dedicating Staunton River State Park as an IDA Dark Sky Park.

Ted Bethune presenting in August 2015 on the missions of John Young at the Science Museum of Virginia as part of their Lunch Break Science program.

Dan Salkovitz showing visitors objects in the early evening sky at Science Museum of Virginia skywatch in September 2015.

Jim Blowers presenting on “Universal Numbers” at the September 2015 monthly meeting.