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!
View the solar eclipse safely! From 1 to 4 pm on Monday, August 21, RAC member David Abbou, in conjunction with the Porter LIbrary, will present an eclipse viewing event for the public. He will have a limited number of solar glasses designed to safely view the eclipse. David will also provide views of the eclipse through his solar-filter-protected telescope. The library is located at 2001 Parkway Boulevard in Stafford.
This issue marks the 6th anniversary of the new StarGazer. This issue contains lots of useful info on the solar eclipse coming up in August. There’s also a report on the Almost Heaven Star Party (Spruce Knob, WV) and a guide to the most popular observatories in southern Arizona. A new feature is RAC News Briefs…short announcements of what’s new in the club. Continuing features include astronomy math, descriptions of meeting presentations for the last quarter, and the Picture of the Quarter. Click the “newspaper” icon to the right.
The weather forecast is overcast with a chance of storms tonight (Saturday July 22 2017). Tonight’s star party is cancelled because we won’t be able to see anything. But the program, How To Blow Up A Star, is still on. At Caledon State Park picnic pavillion at 8pm.
Note if we get a thunderstorm the park will cancel the program. I’ll try to give an update if that happens, but that call would be at the last minute.
This year we’re adding a public program feature to our star parties at Caledon. At our next one, Saturday July 22, Glenn Holliday will present How To Blow Up A Star. The program will be in the picnic shelter at … Continue reading →