Upcoming Meetings

Paul Bogard Bogard_EndofNight_HCAbout The End of Night
by Paul Bogard

A deeply panoramic tour of the night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left.

A starry night is one of nature’s most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans’ eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness. In THE END OF NIGHT, Paul Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art.

From Las Vegas’ Luxor Beam–the brightest single spot on this planet–to nights so starlit the sky looks like snow, Bogard blends personal narrative, natural history, science, and history to shed light on the importance of darkness–what we’ve lost, what we still have, and what we might regain–and the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight.

Meeting starts at 6:45 pm on Wednesday, May 7.  The meeting location is still being determined.  It may be at McCormick Observatory or at the NRAO building down the hill from McCormick Observatory.  Check back before the meeting for the exact location.  It is not necessary to be member to attend the monthly meetings of the Charlottesville Astronomical Society.

planetarium_blueWP_20130602_005The June meeting for the Charlottesville Astronomical Society will be conducted starting at 2 pm on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at the John C. Wells Planetarium on the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.  The John C. Wells Planetarium is a $2 million, state-of-the-art hybrid facility, the only one of its kind in the world. It hosts both an Evans & Sutherland Digistar 5 digital projection system and a Goto Chronos opto-mechanical star projector that provides visitors with a superior and realistic night sky.  We will coordinate car pooling for this meeting as we get closer to the meeting date.