Heidi’s Night Activity, Friday, July 31, 2015, 9:00 to 10:30 pm

Leander_McCormick_ObservatoryThe Charlottesville Astronomical Society will hold its fourth Heidi’s Night Activity for students grades 4 – 12 and parents interested in Astronomy on Friday, July 31st from 9 to 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

Registration is required.  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.

Heidi’s Night Activity, Friday, May 29, 2015, 8:30 to 10 pm

Leander_McCormick_ObservatoryThe Charlottesville Astronomical Society will hold its fourth Heidi’s Night Activity for students grades 4 – 12 and parents interested in Astronomy on Friday, May 29th from 8:30 to 10 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

Registration is required.  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.

First Fridays Under the Stars, March 6, 2015 – CANCELED

Ivy Creek BarnFriday, March 6, 2015 from 7:00 to 9 pm

Come enjoy learning about the stars and other celestial objects. We’ll start with a short talk in the education program to learn about the stars and planets. Then after the skies darken volunteers will help point out constellations and nebula. Bring your telescopes and binoculars to share views of the night sky with members of the public. Free and open to all. Meet in the field next to the barn at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. Cloudy skies will cancel the outdoor portion of this event. This event will recur on the odd months throughout the year.

 This event has been Canceled due to Snow on the Observing field.

First Friday Under the Stars at Ivy Creek, 11/7/14

Ivy Creek logoCome join the members of the Charlottesville Astronomical Society on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 8:00 to 10:00 pm at the Ivy Creek Natural Area.

At 8:00 pm there will a be Lecture titled Telescope 101 in the Education Building. Then between 9:00 and 10:00 pm, there will be a variety of telescopes set up by the Barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area for observing celestial objects.

Directions to Ivy Creek Natural Area.

Group Night at McCormick Observatory on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Covenant School LogoThe Charlottesville Astronomical Society will host a evening at McCormick Observatory for the Covenant School.   They will experience an astronomy presentation and then be shown around the night sky with the 26″ McCormick Telescope.  We are expecting about 25 children (9 to 10 year olds) and about 20 adults.  The event will be from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

First Fridays Under the Stars at Ivy Creek Natural Area, Friday, September 5, 2014

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).

Star Party at DuCard Vineyards, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, 8 pm to 10 pm

Ducard Vineyards

DuCard Members are invited to a Star Party  at DuCard Vineyards in Madison County,  Virginia on Friday, October 3rd.  At 8 pm there will be an astronomy presentation and then observing the night sky from 9 pm to 10:00 pm.  Charlottesville Astronomical Society members will bring variety of telescopes, binoculars and green lasers to show attendees around the night sky.  Directions.

Cancelled to cloudy weather.

Astronomy Day Activities at Ivy Creek Natural Area, Sat., Oct. 4, 2014

Ivy Creek BarnCome join the members of the Charlottesville Astronomical Society as we celebrate Astronomy Day on Saturday, October 4 at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. There will be Solar viewing from noon to 5:00 pm and a Star Party from 7 – 10 pm weather permitting. There will also be a telescope build for kids and parents in the Education Center from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. There is a $50.00 charge for the telescope build and registration is required. To register for the telescope build email Steve Layman.

Directions to Ivy Creek Natural Area.

Heidi’s Night Activity, Friday, January 30, 2015, 7:30 to 9 pm

Leander_McCormick_ObservatoryThe Charlottesville Astronomical Society will hold its fourth Heidi’s Night Activity for students grades 4 – 12 and parents interested in Astronomy on Friday, January 30 from 7:30 to 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

Registration is required.  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.

Fan Mountain Observatory Public Open House, Friday, October 24, 2014

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.

Heidi’s Night Activity, Friday, May 30, 2014, 9 – 10:30 pm

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.

Public Star Party at Ivy Creek Natural Area, Friday, May 2, 2014

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!

Astronomy Day Activities at McCormick Observatory, Saturday, May 10, 2014

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.