Richmond Astronomical Society


    Site of the Staunton River Star Party coming up in October

    Site of the Staunton River Star Party coming up in October.

    Upcoming event details are here and on our calendar.

    The next meeting of the Richmond Astronomical Society will be on Tuesday, October 14, 7:30 PM at the Science Museum of Virginia. Please join us for the meeting and for dinner at Arby’s across the street from the Museum at 6:00 PM.

    Powhatan State Park skywatch has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 20.  Please join us if you can.

    Next Science Museum skywatch is Friday, September 19. 

    RAS Fall potluck picnic / observing session will be on  October 18 at Belmead in Powhatan.  Please join us and bring a dish to share (and a telescope).  Starts at 3 PM.



Solar Storm Update

According to “The first of two CMEs expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field on Sept. 12th arrived on schedule. Although the geomagnetic storm it provoked was technically only minor (G1-class), Northern Lights were observed as far south as Arizona.”


Spaceweather further reports:  “A second and potentially more powerful CME is still en route. Geomagnetic storming could become strong (G3-class) during the late hours of Sept. 12th and Sept 13th after the second CME arrives. NOAA forecasters estimate a 45% chance that geomagnetic storming will reach mid-latitudes. Sky watchers everywhere should remain alert for auroras.”


For more information see  If you happen to be in an area that has clear skies late on September 12, you might want to take a look!

Gamma Ray Burst in Andromeda (False Alarm)

Did the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission just find a Gamma-Ray Burst originating in Andromeda? Turns out the answer is no, but it’s still interesting.

Read more here.

Ripples in space time?

Were ripples in the fabric of space time truly discovered this past March? This is a World Science Festival live stream event, enabling you to listen to a singular conversation, among the world’s most respected pioneers in  cosmological theory and observation.

Big Bang & Brews | Science Pub RVA.

Supernova in M82!

A supernova has appeared in the Messier 82 galaxy – visible in moderate size telescopes and a well-placed imaging target.  More information here.

Supernova in M82 - imaged by Jim Browder