Upcoming Events

Thu May 28 @ 7:00PM
Indoor RAC Meeting: North Carolina Meteorites
Fri Jun 12 @ 8:00PM
RAC Observing Session (RACOBS)
Thu Jun 18 @ 7:00PM
RAC Imaging Meeting
Thu Jun 25 @ 7:00PM
Indoor RAC Meeting: Planetary Atmospheres


RAC News
The latest news from the Raleigh Astronomy Club.

2015 State Wide Star Party PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Keefe   
Sunday, 03 May 2015 14:41

RAC Member at Howell Woods Each April, as part of the North Carolina Science Festival, dozens of State Wide Star Parties are held.  This year was no different.  The Raleigh Astronomy Club supported 4 different star parties this year:

  • Howell Woods, Four Oaks – April 18
  • New School Montessori Center, Holly Springs – April 21
  • Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve Park, Raleigh – April 24
  • Prairie Ridge EcoStation, Raleigh – April 24

A brief review of each event follows below…

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 May 2015 15:50
January Meeting: Black Holes - Past, Present & Future PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ann Murphy   
Saturday, 10 January 2015 20:26

SteveChristensen, Ph.D. provided a very engaging presentation on back holes to almost 50 members and guests in attendance at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.  The presentation was also streamed live via the club's Google + account and is available for viewing on the club's YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/x3EqklJbDCg.

The presentation covered many aspects of black holes
Last Updated on Sunday, 11 January 2015 19:22
October RACOBS was a success PDF Print E-mail
Written by D. Chris Cole   
Saturday, 25 October 2014 09:29
The clouds couldn't beat human curiousity for the October RACOBS.   The night started with more than 50% cloud cover but slowly improved.  By 9pm, plenty of objects were available for observing.  Among the approximately 20 attendees were members old and new, guests who have never peered through a telescope and a local Cub Scout Troop.  Attendance started to dwindle by 11p and the observing session came to a close soon after.  Thanks to all club members who graciously provided telesope time to other members and the public who showed up for the "Cloudy RACOBS".
Last Updated on Saturday, 25 October 2014 09:31
RAC At The ASTC 2014 Conference PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 14:18

The Raleigh Astronomy Club participated in the ASTC (Association of Science and Technology Centers) 2014 Annual Conference this past weekend. This in an international conference and this year it was hosted by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. The conference was held at the Raleigh Convention Center and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. RAC was enlisted to provide help for both the welcome party and the museum open house day. Members provided both daytime (solar) and nighttime observing for the attendees. Many thanks to the RAC members who provided great views for everyone, especially those that worked late into Saturday night/Sunday AM!

Evening Observing at ASTC Welcome Party Solar Observing at ASTC Museum Open House Day
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 11:51
Introduction to BackyardEOS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 13:58

The October Imaging Group Meeting at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences featured Guylain Rochon speaking on his excellent program for astrophotography, BackyardEOS. Speaking to us from his basement in Canada, Guylain showed the finer features of using the program and explained some of the design decisions. He also discussed some of the coming features of the program. Everyone in attendance felt like they learned many new things about using the program capture great images.

Guylain Rochon, Author of BackyardEOS Screenshot of BackyardEOS
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 05:12
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