General Interest

General interest stories.

MVAS History

The Miami Valley Astronomical Society (MVAS) began in 1918 as the Dayton Astronomical Society (DAS), and was the first formally organized group of amateur astronomers in the Dayton area. Founded around the time of the first world war, one of its founding members was Colonel Edward Deeds, then president of the National Cash Register Company. His home, now known as the Moraine Farm, is located in southwest Kettering. It includes an observatory that houses a 7" refractor dating from Deed's time of residence.


Membership in the MVAS has many benefits and a few obligations. MVAS members have access to three observatories and an impressive battery of fine equipment. MVAS members have each other to teach, learn, and enjoy Amateur Astronomy. MVAS members receive a monthly newsletter, discounts on publications, membership in the Astronomical League, and opportunities to take club organized trips.

What Does the MVAS Do?

In short, we promote amateur astronomy at every level. The Miami Valley Astronomical Soceity MVAS serves two primary functions. Our most important mission is public education. We promote education by bringing astronomy to the public through regular star-gazes at our dark sky sight at John Bryan State Park JB, just north of Yellow Springs. We also host many special star-gazes at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery BMD as well as schools, Scout Camps, and other locations in the area.

Scientists say Copernicus' remains, grave found

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Researchers said Thursday they have identified the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus by comparing DNA from a skeleton and hair retrieved from one of the 16th-century astronomer's books. The findings could put an end to centuries of speculation about the exact resting spot of Copernicus, a priest and astronomer whose theories identified the Sun, not the Earth, as the center of the universe.

Two-century hunt for tomb of astrologer Copernicus is over

WARSAW (AFP) — DNA studies on two strands of hair and a tooth have ended a centuries old hunt for the tomb Nicolas Copernicus, the 16th century astronomer who shocked the world by declaring that the Earth was not the centre of the Universe, experts said Thursday.

NGC7814 – The Electric Arc Galaxy in Pegasus

Telescope: Meade LXD75 SN6
Luminance: Meade DSI Pro, IDAS LPS-2, 30x60sec, saved as FITS
Color: Meade DSI, IDAS LPS-2 filter, 16x60sec, saved as FITS3P
Guide scope: Meade DSX-90, Envisage
Software: Envisage, Autostar Image Processing, Photoshop

I like to contrast NGC7814 with NGC3115, the Spindle Galaxy in Sextans. Both are edge-on spirals but whereas NGC3115 doesn’t show a dust lane, the dust lane in NGC7814 is its most startling feature.

NGC7814 – The Electric Arc Galaxy in Pegasus

Barlow Bob’S Corner - The Bottom of Heaven

A little girl and her father walked in the evening.
Fascinated, she looked up at the stars, but made no comment.
Her father asked: “What are you thinking”?
The little girl replied:
“If the bottom of heaven is so beautiful, how wonderful the other side must be”.

From Guideposts May, 1964

Observatories at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery


Barlow Bob’S Corner - Let Your Fingers Tell Time

You arrive at a star party and wonder how many hours of daylight are left.
The only equipment needed, to estimate the hours before sundown, are your hands.

Barlow Bob’S Corner - The Celestial Bear, A Micmac Indian Myth

The Celestial Bear, A Micmac Indian Myth
Retold by Audrey Salvatore
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