Outreach History

Greene County LibraryThe Charlottesville Astronomical Society will conduct an Astronomy Night for students (ages 9 through teens) at the Greene County Library, 222 Main Street, Stanardsville, VA  on Monday, February 3, 2014 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  The event, primarily geared for middle and high school students, their parents and/or grandparents, is expected to be attended by 75 to 100 people.   Contact Ginny Reese, Librarian or Tom Walsh at 434.985.5227 to register for the event.

The agenda starts with an indoor presentation ((Observing the Night Sky – 20-30 minutes) given by CAS member Ed Preston. The attendees would then proceed to the Westernmost parking area (serving the main entrance for PVCC and adjacent to the Cafe Lafayette – not open on Monday evenings) that would be cordoned-off to parking and without illumination for that evening to facilitate observing and a laser tour of the night sky.  In the event of uncooperative weather, the event will be conducted indoors – with Ed Preston’s presentation and a live tour of the actual Greene County nighttime sky on Fevbruary 3rd using Stellarium software projected onto a large screen.

 

mccormick telescopeCub Scout Pack 14 will be attending the Group Night at McCormick Observatory on Friday, January 24, 2014 from 7 to 9 pm.  We are expecting about 44 cub scouts from 6 to 12 years old with about 20 adults.  Steve Layman provided an astronomical and green laser presentation  for the group.  Wes Epperly and Ed Preston showed the group around the sky with the 26″ McCormick telescope.

Leander_McCormick_ObservatoryThe Charlottesville Astronomical Society will hold its second Heidi’s Night Activity for students grades 4 – 12 and parents interested in Astronomy on Friday, January 31, 2014 from 7 – 9 pm at the McCormick Observatory on the grounds of the University of Virginia.  The event honors the memory CAS member Heidi Winter, former executive secretary to the Director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, who passed away in 2012.  Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in four activities during the evening.  These include:

A laser tour of the night sky

Heidi's NIght 11.29.13c

A classroom activity

Heidi's NIght 11.29.13b

 Viewing the night sky though the historic 26” Clark refractor Heidi's NIght 11.29.13d

  View the night sky through a home-built 4” scope

For more information or to register, please contact CAS President, Steve Layman slayman2528@comcast.net  Participants should dress warmly as three of the activities will take place under the night sky.  In case of inclement weather, the evening may be shortened and activities would be limited to indoors.

Girl ScoutsGirl Scout Troop 184 will be attending the Group Night at McCormick Observatory on Friday, February 14, 2014 from 7 to 9 pm.  We expect about 6 children about 9 years old with about 4 adults.  Richard Drumm is planning on providing an astronomical presentation.  Ed Preston will show the group around the sky with the 26″ McCormick telescope.   Cancelled due to snow.

CubScoutLogoGirl ScoutsCub Scout Pack 19 will be attending the Group Night at McCormick Observatory on Friday, February 28, 2014 from 7 to 9 pm.  We are expecting about 10 children from 7 to 10 years old with about 10 adults.   Girl Scout Troop #427 will also be there with 22 children from 5 to 9 years old with 10 adults.  Larry Saunders to make and an astronomical presentation.  Steve Layman, Michael Hegedus and Bill Phillips will run the 26″ McCormick telescope and also open the Doghouse telescope for the groups.

Leander_McCormick_ObservatoryThe Charlottesville Astronomical Society will hold its first Heidi’s Night Activity for students grades 4 – 12 and parents interested in Astronomy on Friday, November 29 from 7 – 9 pm at the McCormick Observatory on the grounds of the University of Virginia. The event honors the memory CAS member Heidi Winter, former executive secretary to the Director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, who passed away in 2012. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in four activities during the evening. These include:

- A laser tour of the night sky
- A demonstration of free astronomy software
- Viewing the night sky through a homebuilt 4” scope
- Viewing the night sky though the historic 26” Clark refractor

For more information or to register, please contact CAS President, Steve Layman slayman2528@comcast.net Participants should dress warmly as three of the activities will take place under the night sky. In case of inclement weather, the evening may be shortened and activities would be limited to indoors.

UVA LogoFamilies from University Family Housing will be attending the Group Night at McCormick Observatory on Friday, October 11, 2013 from 9 to 11 pm.  We expect about 70 people including children of all ages.  Michael Rein is planning on providing an astronomical presentation (maybe 2).  Bill Phillips will show the group around the sky with the 26″ McCormick telescope.  Kathleen Manual will help manage this large group and Larry Saunders plans on opening the Doghouse.

TelescopeIf you are a star gazer, you’ll love this Introduction to Astronomy class taught through Albemarle County’s Open Doors Program.  Explore the Universe by learning what’s up in the night sky, learn the constellations & their mythology to fi nd your way around the night sky, and what tools to use when observing.  Classes are held at Alb. High with 2 planned field trips which will be scheduled according to weather conditions.  Steve Layman and Larry Saunders are the class instructors. Topics: (1) The starry night sky; (2) Finding stuff in the night sky; (3) Meet at UVA’s McCormick Observatory for tour & observing with their 26” telescope; (4) Introduction to our solar system; (5) The stars and beyond; and (6) Meet at Ivy Creek Natural Area for observing session.  Telescopes will be provided and class members are encouraged to bring their own observing equipment if they would like assistance in how to use binoculars and telescopes.  Current class runs for 6 weeks from October 7, 2013 to November 11, 2013

Fan Mountain

Fan Mountain ObservatoryThe University of Virginia’s Astronomy Department will be hosting its Fall Open House at Fan Mountain Observatory on Friday, October 25 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.

Wintergreen Mt Village on the Blue Ridge

TelescopeTo celebrate Astronomy Day on Sunday, November 24, 2013, from 1:00 to 4:30 pm, the Charlottesville Astronomical Society is sponsoring a Build A Telescope Workshop for a grade 4 through 12 student with their parent.   CLASS IS POSTPONED UNTIL MIRRORS COME OFF BACK-ORDER.  Attendees in this workshop will make their own 114 mm, f4.5 Newtonian telescope to take home and will be provided information on how to use it and what they can find with it in the night sky.  $50 covers the cost of the telescope and materials.  This event is limited to 12 student/parent pairs and will be conducted at McCormick Observatory.  For more information or to register, contact Steve Layman at slayman2528@comcast.net.

 

Ivy Creek BarnThe public is invited to a Star Party at Ivy Creek Natural Area on Friday, July 12 from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm.  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.

 

DarkSkiesBrightKids
A FREE event open to the community sponsored by the “Dark Skies, Bright Kids” program of the Astronomy Department at UVa, Albemarle CiderWorks, and the Charlottesville Astronomical Society.Please check the status of the event by calling 924-7238.

You and your family are invited to join us for the annual Central Virginia Star Party! Bring your curiosity, and join us to view spectacular astronomical objects through telescopes and to learn about the solar system, the night sky, galaxies, and the universe. 1 FREE glow stick for each child.
Cider tasting, food trucks, fun activities, and (after sunset) telescopes for observing the night sky!For more info see: http://bit.ly/vastarparty2013