January 23, 2018–Karol Masztalerz, the astrophotographer who provided the color data for Scott’s Whirlpool Picture of the Month, is from Poland, and now lives in Lynchburg, VA. He is the co-founder and owner of the Backyard Space Program Facebook page. The mission of the BSP is to spread awareness and get people involved with the sciences of astronomy, astrophotography, and all things related to space and our mysterious Universe! BSP is working on expanding its outreach, as well as its divisions. The organization currently has officers working in the United Kingdom and Europe and hopes to expand further. Visit the BSP Facebook page for more info.
We’ll be at Caledon State Park tonight to observe a clear, dark sky together. Come on out! Sunset is about 5:30 tonight. People with telescopes will arrive before then to set up in daylight. The sky will be dark enough … Continue reading →
Come on out to Caledon for our star party. All the forecasts look good for a clear dark sky tonight. Sunset is just after 5 tonight. People with telescopes will be arriving before then to set up in daylight. The … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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!