UPCOMING 2019 EVENTS
May 4, 2019 7:00 PM Rappahannock County Park Event: Celebration of the Rappahannock County Park’s award of a Silver Tier Dark Skies Park designation from the International Dark-Sky Association! This is an achievement reached through the collaboration of the Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities Authority (RCRFA) and RLEP. Light refreshments will be served. Bring your telescope (binoculars work really well!) for a spectacular view with astronomers of the moonless star-studded skies. This is the first of at least four Dark Skies events planned for 2019 at the Rappahannock County Park.
May 18, 2019 7:00 PM RLEP ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING at Quievremont Winery, 162 Gid Brown Hollow. At the request of membership, RLEP will be focusing on the county Comprehensive Plan this year. County Administrator Garrey Curry will be the keynote speaker for this event. Light refreshments, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Learn more about RLEP and how you might be involved.
May 31 & June 2, 2:00 PM Stroll for the Soul Bruce and Susan Jones will honor us with two Strolls for the Soul. Learn about and view pollinators and the plants they need to survive! You can help save your native butterflies, bees and other pollinators! Attendance is limited to 18 people at each event, so please reserve your preferred date early to Marshall Jones at email@example.com
July 13: NASA Solar System Ambassador Greg Redfern will return for a presentation at the High School Auditorium. This will be in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon. “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. More information to come.
Previous Dark Skies Events
August 25, 2018: Full Moon & Planet Viewing Event at Rappahannock County Park. Astronomers will be on hand with telescopes to view the planets and rising full moon! A spotter scope will be available to attach to your cell phone camera for a great shot of the moon that will awe your friends. Learn about the planets and have fun. This event supports obtaining the International Darkskies Association (IDA) designation for the county park as a Silver Tier Dark Skies Park. There is only one other park in Virginia and few on the East Coast! Starts at 7:30 PM. Call 703-250-7943 in case of inclement weather.
May 27, 2017: Saturday 7:00 PM: Greg Redfern, NASA Solar System Ambassador, gave a fantastic power point tour of the universe in the main Castleton Festival Building on Hope Hill Rd, Castleton, Va. This event was FREE and over 275 people were in attendance.
October 29, 2016: Saturday, 5:30-8:00 PM: RLEP hosted a RAPPAHANNOCK STARRY NIGHTS Program at 560 Battle Mountain Rd, Amissville VA (about one mile south of Rte 211). The event featured astronomers, presentations, telescopes, photographs of the Milky Way by Joyce Harman, constellation viewings with laser pointer and more!
April 2016: STARRY/DARK SKIES FORUM Over 60 people attended this initial forum and many remarked how much they appreciated and enjoyed it. Paul Bogard, JMU professor, spoke eloquently on the topic of the loss of our ability to see the stars all over the world. Approximately 83% of the world’s population will never see the Milky Way. Laura Greenleaf joined the discussion as co-director of the Virginia Chapter of the “Dark Skies Organization” and offered useful tips on how to achieve and maintain our Starry Nights. Her organization is instrumental in helping communities protect their night skies.