Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society worked with Journey students one evening at Greenfield Center for a night of stargazing in this file photo.
Botetourt County’s own John Goss of Fincastle is the president of the Virginia Astronomical Society, teaches Astronomy at Dabney S Lancaster Community College and writes a monthly column for the Roanoke Times. He sent announcement for the following event on Saturday, October 9:
The Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society is pleased to announce the 2010 gathering of the Virginia Association of Astronomical Societies. This year’s meeting is co-sponsored by Roanoke College and will be held on October 9th in Roanoke College’s Colket Center (http://web.roanoke.edu/x1637.xml).
The event is to be 9 a.m -4:30 p.m.
We are fortunate to have as our headline speaker Dr. Steve Majewski of the University of Virginia. Dr. Majewski is a leading authority on galactic tidal interactions. In his talk, “Life Among the Cannibals: Observing and Exploiting the Entrails of the Hierarchical Formation of Galaxies,” he will discuss several programs using galactic entrails to search for and measure the shape of the dark matter distribution of the Milky Way.
Other engaging speakers that are scheduled include
Ted Forte, Back Bay Amateur Astronomers: “Planetary Nebulae Observing Program”
Dr. Jim Thieman, NASA: “Radio Jove Project”
Dr. Matt Fleenor, Roanoke College: “Large-scale Astronomical Environments and Their Influence on Star-formation”
and Dr. John Simonetti, Virginia Tech: “Astrophysical Searches for Extra Spatial Dimensions”
Refreshments will be provided throughout the day and a great lunch will be offered.
Yes, there will be door prizes! That portion of the day’s events will culminate with the presentation of a Celestron NexStar4 SE premium telescope to a lucky winner!
For those people interested in dark sky observing, there are several suitable overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway, such as Sunset Field, http://www.virtualblueridge.com/parkway_tour/overlooks/00079.asp (mp 79, 3472’). But remember, we astronomers have special powers over the weather!
Registration is now open. Early registration ends on Friday October 1 — so register now! (Yes, you may register at the door.)
Please see the VAAS 2010 page on the RVAS website (www.rvasclub.org), (http://www.rvasclub.org/vaas/index_files/Page299.htm).