I brought the science of astronomy into the 16th century, kicking and screaming, at the Virginia Renaissance Faire on the weekends of May 9- June 7. I enjoyed it, though there were some hot sweaty days out there. It’s all …Continue reading →
Lots of visitors on June 6 at our exhibit, most of them just passing through, and only about 10 at a time at the astronomy presentations we gave. I had a number of youth gathered around my meteorite experiments table. …Continue reading →
Join members of RAClub at the Howell Library on Saturday, June 6, (2 to 5 pm) to see a range of telescopes and attend a variety of presentations. Learn tips on buying your first telescope and interesting facts about the objects in our solar system. Hear Thomas Digges (1546-1595) (in costume), considered England’s first modern astronomer, speak about his efforts to develop a practical telescope to view the constellations. There will also be a special presentation on the Sun, including a chance to look at its features through a solar scope.
It was a beautiful, warm spring day, and although overcast spread in through the early evening, it cleared up once the sun went down. In attendance were two club members and two visitors who arrived after 9 p.m. Using the club’s 8″ …Continue reading →
The skies were nice last night at our club star party. Three of us from Rappahannock Astronomy club, and 11 guests, were at Caledon. The sky cleared up nicely as it got dark. The seeing was pretty shaky, but there …Continue reading →
I saw the news today of Leonard Nimoy’s death. Spock taught the 10-year-old me in 1966 that it was OK to like science. The title Ex Astris Scientia (from the stars, knowledge) is a good motto for astronomers, but also …Continue reading →