|The next meeting of the Richmond Astronomical Society will be on Tuesday, June 11, 7:30 PM, at the Science Museum of Virginia. Sydney Mabry, who has presented previously on the construction of her own telescope, will present on her latest project involving a study of variable stars.
Please join us for this very special presentation. A number of us will also be gathering for dinner before the meeting at Arby’s across the street from the Museum.
Could it be another Hale-Bopp?
I sure wish Richmond had seen this kind of creativity when they used a similar contest to name the local baseball team The Flying Squirrels.
SLOOH SPACE CAMERA TO TRACK ASTEROID 2012 DA14
SKIMMING BY EARTH AT ONLY 17,000 MILES (27,330 KM) AWAY
Great representations of the size of the solar system, from Earth to the location of Voyager.
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If you’re an early riser, you can see 3 planets in the morning sky-look east, Venus is the brightest, Saturn above right and Mercury below left
Jason Roop’s (Editor of Style Magazine) newsletter highlighted us this week. It included this verbiage, which contains a link to the Style Magazine page describing our sky watch.
Thanks, Jason. And here’s a clip of the page.
The peak of this show is either tonight (Saturday, Aug. 11), or tomorrow night, depending on which web site you look at. But I’d go with Sunday, because we’re going to be clouded out tonight in Richmond. This is one of the best meteor showers of the year, and I was planning on trying tonight too, because even though the peak will last only a few hours, there will be a heavier frequency of meteors for a week on either side of the peak. The closer to the peak, the better, of course.