Club Observing

Ivy Creek BarnThe Charlottesville Astronomical Society will present “First Fridays Under the Stars” at the Ivy Creek Natural Area on a regular basis.  Starting at 8 pm on September 5, 2014, the public is invited to attend at the Education Center a free 45 minute astronomy presentation followed by a 15 minute question and answer session and then, weather permitting, there will be an observing session by the barn at Ivy Creek.  Steve Layman will make a presentation called “Your Night Sky – Let’s Figure This Out” on September 5th.

Charlottesville Astronomical Society Members will bring a variety of telescopes, binoculars and green lasers to show attendees around the night sky.  Constellation identification and astro lore will be discussed.  Directions.

The events will be held rain or shine.  The lecture will happen no matter what the weather. This event will be conducted at Ivy Creek Natural Area on September 5, 2014, November 7, 2014 (7 pm start), January 2, 2015 (7 pm start), March 6, 2015 (7 pm start), May 1, 2015 (8 pm start) and July 3, 2015 (8 pm start).

The Charlottesville Astronomical Society will have their annual Dark Sky Retreat at the University of Virginia’s Fan Mountain Observatory site on Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20, 2014.  The August dates have been postponed to the September dates due to poor weather conditions.  All club members and their invited guests are welcome to attend.  Bring a tent or stay in the Station House with a cot and sleeping bag.  Full bathroom facilities in the Station House.  Attendance is free for all club members and their guests.

Fan Mountain ObservatoryThe University of Virginia’s Astronomy Department will be hosting its Fall Open House at Fan Mountain Observatory on Friday, October 24th from dusk (about 8 pm) until about 11:30 pm.  All club members are invited to bring their telescopes, binoculars and any astronomical knowledge to share with the public.  Public attendees need to request free tickets by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the University of Virginia Astronomy Department.  Tickets typically run out about a month before the event so public attendees need to get their request in early.