Public Outreach

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

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A classroom activity

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 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   In case of inclement weather, the evening may be shortened and activities would be limited to indoors.

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).