Weather forecasts predict partly cloudy tonight (Saturday November 11, if you read this after tonight). We’re on at Caledon State Park.
That’s good enough to hope for some good views.
We’ll present the program “Red, White, and Blue Stars” in the picnic pavilion at sunset, which is 5:15 tonight. Viewing on the front field (adjacent to the picnic pavilion) as soon as it’s dark enough.
Dress for cold temperatures. The overnight low will be below freezing. No significant winds to make you even colder, but there will be some light breeze.
Uranus is at its brightest and near its highest tonight.
Come out early for Saturday’s star party at Caledon for our program on Red, White, and Blue stars at 5:15pm, before the star party starts. I’ll be showing the best images I could find of stars in an array of hues. I’ll also answer that always-popular musical question, why don’t I see any green stars? At the picnic pavilion, which is adjacent to our usual viewing field, at the front of Caledon State Park. See you there.
The latest issue of the StarGazer offers an informal journal of RAClub member experiences observing the Great Solar Eclipse of August 2017. It records the impressions and photos of members who observed it in a variety of locations–most in the path of totality and few in the Fredericksburg area. Although we all watched the same event, each person had his/her own personal context. And for some who saw it for the first time, it was impetus to begin thinking about how to get to the viewing area for the next one in 2024. Click the newspaper icon on the right of this page to read all about it!
Saturday, October 21, 4-9 PM– Myron Wasiuta will host a dedication ceremony in his backyard for the Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO). Food and drinks will be provided; however, if you would like to bring something to grill or a dessert or side dish, that would be appreciated! Menu will include burgers and hot dogs. Tours of the MSRO will be given as well as an opportunity to see it in action. If the weather is clear, there will be telescope viewing in the evening after dark. Please RSVP to Myron no later than Friday, October 20, at [email protected] with the number of people who will be attending as well as any dietary requests or restrictions. All RAC members are invited–however, because this is not a public event, please bring only immediate family members unless other prior arrangements are made with Myron in advance.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday, October 11, the 2nd rather than 3rd week of the month. This is a one-time change. Come hear about Bart Billard’s new amateur-friendly interferometer and what it can do. Interferometers are powerful instruments in determining chemical composition of stars and assisting in detecting stellar motion. The meeting will be from 7-9 PM in Room 2 of the Fredericksburg branch of the Central Rappahannock LIbrary at 1201 Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg. Hope you can attend!
Come hear about everyone’s experiences viewing the solar eclipse last month. Quite a few members were set up in different locations along the path of totality, from Oregon to the coast of South Carolina. There will also be reports on new science done by some of our members during the eclipse. Please note that the meeting will be in a new location, Room 2 of the Fredericksburg branch of the Central Rappahannock LIbrary at 1201 Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg. The meeting will be from 7-9 pm as usual. Hope you can attend!