What is a Skywatch? A Skywatch is a public viewing of celestial objects through telescopes that have been brought in for the event. The Richmond Astronomical Society and Petersburg National Battlefield will again host Skywatches in 2012. Members of the Society set up their telescopes for anyone who wants to look at what is visible that night. Some of the telescopes will be commercially made and some will have been hand made by the person who brought it.
Discover the wonders of Virginia's night sky and hear stories associated with the stars. To enjoy this ranger led program, bring a jacket, a flashlight, a telescope if you have one and an optional blanket to lay back and enjoy the sights and sounds of Petersburg at night. The program begins at sunset.
The Skywatch Schedule for 2013 is as follows
July 27, 2013
Information on the Richmond Astronomical Society.
For more information on the SkyWatch programs at Petersburg National Battlefield contact Leslie McClammy at 804-732-3531 ext 204.
Did You Know?
From the summer of 1862 until the spring of 1863, Confederate Captain Charles Dimmock appealed to slaveholders to hire their enslaved people, and also hired free black laborers to dig the ten-mile defense line around the City of Petersburg. The defenses became known as the Dimmock Line.