28th Annual Astronomy Weekend at Blackwater Falls – Dark Sky Treasurers

Visit Blackwater Falls State Park on September 15-16 and take advantage of the dark skies shortly after a new moon. The dark skies of Blackwater Falls amaze visitors with the striking beauty of the night sky, often displaying the milky way from horizon to horizon. This weekend event is free and open to everybody, from novice to the advanced amateur. The weekend includes: daytime workshops, nighttime star parties, guest speakers and more. Bring the family or come alone to enjoy a treasured resource — dark skies! Sponsored by the Kanawha Valley Astronomical Society and Blackwater Falls State Park. Make room or cabin reservations by calling the Blackwater Falls Lodge at 304-259-5216.

Program includes:

12:30 p.m. September 15 reception followed by programs,“How Do Galaxies Keep Forming Start?” by J.J. Pisaono, Associate Professor WVU Physics and Astronomy Department; “How to Make a Milky Way” by Jay Lockman principle scientist at the Green Bank Observatory; tips on using a digital camera by Brent Maynard, Marshall University, and open session on astrophotography.  A star party when darkness falls.

9:00 a.m. September 16, Solar Alignments of the Adena Mound, Einstein’s Eclipses and Gravitational Waves by Maria Hamilton, Marshall University, “How Black Holes Make Radio Wavs and Gamma Waves” Tim Hamilton, Shawnee State University (former member at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center) “There and Back Again: Indy’s Adventures to Chase an Eclipse” Mark Kochte, NASAs New horizons spacecraft mission; radio bursts with Duncan Lorimer, Professor WVU Astronomy.  7:00 p.m. amateur astronomers set up observation sites for star party.

Additional info at kvas.org.

Event Details

  • Start Date: September 15, 2017
  • End Date: September 17, 2017