LVAAS - THE LEHIGH VALLEY AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: Promoting, Facilitating and Teaching Astronomy Since 1957

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Sunday, October 04 2015 @ 03:33 PM EDT



October General Meeting
Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 7 p.m.

at the South Mountain headquarters

Peter Detterline:

Astronomy from Chile: Connecting the Cosmos to the Earth


What is it like to be at the highest observatory in the world? What can I see in the southern sky on Easter Island? How much does a black hole weigh? LVAAS member Peter Detterline was one of nine people selected to become an “Astronomy Ambassador” to Chile and will answer these questions and more. Follow his adventure as he gives you the “back stage” tour of some of the major observatories, the southern skies, and the astronomy performed there. Learn how amateur astronomy is done in that country, and take a look at the future of telescopes.


Peter is an avid sky watcher, and for the past 33 years the director of the Boyertown Planetarium. He has traveled the world viewing astronomical phenomena and gaining insights into the universe.



Cherry Springs Proposed Rulemaking

LVAAS member Steve Walters is a member of a group that is meeting with PA’s DNCR to try and correct problems at Cherry Springs State Park. Among them, there are no official rules for the park so we have drafted some.

Here’s a link for a petition to support the rules we are advocating. The rules themselves are also there to review.


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Founded in 1957, the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society (LVAAS) is one of the oldest continuously-operating amateur astronomy organizations in the U.S. The mission of LVAAS is to promote the study of Astronomy and to maintain a meeting space, observatories, and a planetarium.

LVAAS operates two astronomy sites: The South Mountain site in Salisbury Township is the headquarters of the Society. It has a planetarium with a Spitz A3P projector, a 21 foot dome, meeting space, the Red Shift store, library, workshop space, and three observatories. The Pulpit Rock site near Hamburg is LVAAS's members-only dark sky site. At 1600 feet above sea level, the site features five observatories and a pad for member's scopes.

Members who receive training on the scopes may obtain keys to the observatories. LVAAS also maintains a rental "fleet" of telescopes that members may rent at low cost. Members also receive access to The Observer, our online newsletter, as well as reduced subscription prices to Sky and Telescope and Astronomy Magazine. If you want to learn more about astronomy and LVAAS, please join us at our next public star party.


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