Astronomy Weekend

Since 1987, the dark skies at Blackwater Falls State Park has welcomed the Kanawha Valley Astronomical Society to take advantage of dark skies that occur shortly after a new moon. Dark skies at Blackwater Falls State Park are a treasured resource! Visitors are astounded by the darkness! Often, the Milky Way stretches from horizon to horizon!

This group hosts an amazing astronomy weekend that is open to the public. Activities and programs offered during Astronomy Weekend appeal to the novice as well as the advanced amateur astronomer. Included are daytime astronomy presentations, nighttime star parties, door prize drawings, keynote speakers, and a chance to tour the largest fully steerable radio telescope in the world at Green Bank, WV on your own.

Astronomers, astrophotographers, and individuals fascinated with constellations are welcomed. Bring the family or come alone to enjoy a treasured resource—dark skies! The weekend activities include: Friday afternoon reception, Presentations: Requirements for Detectable Life in Space (Bob Frostick), Very Long exposure Deep Sky Imagine (Brent Maynard), Astrophotography Open Discussion (KVAS staff), Star Party at the Nature Center (weather permitting).  Saturday: Getting Started in Astronomy (Open Session), Milky Way Cartography (Loren Anderson), Gravitational Waves and Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (Maris Hamilton), What is a Planet (Indy Kochte), An Engineer’s View of Space Systems from Star Wars to the ISS (Keith Pauley), Apollo as a Scientific Program-What Did We Learn (Tim Hamilton), Start Party (7:00 p.m.).   Sunday: On Your Own – consider visiting the Green Bank Radio Observatory.

Star watching parties each evening at Blackwater Falls Nature Center. Day time activities and sessions are also part of the event. For astronomy activities, email the Kanawha Valley Astronomy Society at [email protected] or Facebook page, KVAS.org.

“KVAS Astronomy Weekend has always been a free event and open to the public. To support our event, KVAS offers numerous ticket based prizes. This year, the main prize will be a Limited Edition Ruby Red Classic Orion 8 inch Dobsonian Reflector Telescope. The telescope comes with a two inch 35 mm eyepiece and a 1.25 2x Barlow lens. You need to be present to win the Orion 8” Dobsonian telescope and the other prizes!”

Blackwater Falls State Park offers overnight lodging accommodations in Blackwater Falls’ 54-room lodge, 39 cabins or 65-unit campground.

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Event Details

  • Start Date: September 26 - 28, 2019
  • End Date: September 28, 2019

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