Outreach History

Leander_McCormick_ObservatoryThe Charlottesville Astronomical Society will hold its third Heidi’s Night Activity for students grades 4 – 12 and parents interested in Astronomy on Friday, August 29 from 9 – 10:30 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   In case of inclement weather, the evening may be shortened and activities would be limited to indoors.

2014-Space-Camp-bannerThe Charlottesville Astronomical Society is sponsoring a partial ($300) scholarship for a needy rising 7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th grade student from Charlottesville/Albemarle, Green, Nelson or Orange County to the James Madison University Space Camp in Harrisonburg, VA. To be considered for this scholarship, interested students should write a letter describing why they would like to attend JMU’s Space Camp and submit by 5 PM, EDT, on Friday, June 20, 2014 to fred.repich at gmail.com . Please note that parents and/or guardians will be responsible for the remaining $300 of the $600 JMU Space Camp tuition fee which will be paid directly to James Madison University upon registration.

Ivy Creek BarnThe public is invited to a Star Party at Ivy Creek Natural Area on Friday, July 11 from 8:00 pm to 11:00 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.

 

Leander_McCormick_ObservatoryThe Charlottesville Astronomical Society will hold its third Heidi’s Night Activity for students grades 4 – 12 and parents interested in Astronomy on Friday, May 30 from 9 – 10:30 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   In case of inclement weather, the evening may be shortened and activities would be limited to indoors.

lake-frontLodgeLake Monticello History Group with about 20 senior adults along with a group of about 10 senior adults from The Lodge at Old Trail will be attending this Group Night at McCormick Observatory from 9 to 11 pm.  Larry Saunders will provide an astronomy presentation and Rob Capon will show the group some planets with the 26″ McCormick telescope.

Ivy Creek BarnThis Star Party event is open to the public on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 8 pm until 10 pm.  Jupiter, Mars and Saturn will all be in the sky for observing as well an many deep sky nebula, galaxies and stat clusters.  Club members will bring their telescopes, binoculars and green laser pointers to show everyone around the night sky.  Event is on for tonight!

Leander_McCormick_ObservatoryThe Charlottesville Astronomical Society – Charlottesville’s Amateur Astronomy Club – will celebrate Astronomy Day on Saturday, May 10 , with public events from Noon – 10:00 pm at the McCormick Observatory on the grounds of the University of Virginia. From Noon to 6:00 pm club members will be offering safe solar viewing through white light and H alpha filters and tours of the observatory. After dark guests can observe through club scopes and the historic 26” Clark refractor as well as enjoy a laser light tour of the night sky – weather permitting. In the event of rain, the event is cancelled.

Hollymead ElementaryHollymead Elementary School will be at the Group night at McCormick Observatory on Friday, May 23rd from 9 to 11 pm.  We are expecting about 20 4ht grade children all about 9 to 10 years old and about 15 adults.  There will be an astronomy presentation for them and then they will observe with the 26″ McCormick telescope.  Staffing to be determined.

 

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.

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

This event was rained out this year but there still were over 100 visitors.