Charlottesville Astronomical Society (CAS) is an organization founded to promote the enjoyment of observing the stars and planets. CAS caters to individuals of all ages and levels of astronomical experience. We wish to interest the public in astronomy through naked-eye, telescopic, and binocular viewing as well as through talks our organization sponsors.
We are fortunate to live in an area that can boast of dark nights and where the Milky Way can still be seen just outside of Charlottesville. Join us as we explore the universe together!
The Charlottesville Astronomical Society is established as an IRS Section 501(c)(3) public charity. Donors can deduct contributions made to the Charlottesville Astronomical Society under IRS Code 170.
Our Society has much to offer in information and activities for budding amateur astronomers as well as those who are simply curious about space. The club is fortunate to have several astrophotographers who share their knowledge and the wonderful images they produce. Member images are available on the CAS Instagram page. Most of all, we try to make astronomy a thrilling experience for everyone.
Regular Meetings are conducted at historic University of Virginia’s McCormick Observatory on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 pm to about 9 pm. Our monthly meeting can also be attended virtually on a Zoom link which we sent out to club members through our email newsgroup. Every month we have a guest speaker to provide a presentation on a wide variety of astronomical topics from cosmology to observing techniques. Need a link to the virtual club meeting? Send an email to CAS President
On clear nights we offer meeting attendees an opportunity to observe with the 26″ Leander McCormick Telescope. Other public events are held every month. See our Event Calendar for details! Anyone with an interest in astronomy, experienced pros or beginning amateurs, families and visitors are all welcome.
Charlottesville Astronomical Society President in 2016, Steve Layman, was presented with the Heidi Winter Award at the February 2016 club meeting.
Header Image Credit to Steve Reilly, NGC 6960.