Parking Alert - The parades scheduled for Friday afternoon and Saturday Oct. 3, have been canceled due to weather. During football Game Day Saturday, the Parade Ground will be closed to parking. Parking will be on a first-come, first-served, basis on paved areas only. Tailgating will not be allowed on the Parade Ground. For more information, click here.
Sherry D. Byers
Administrative Assistant

P: (540) 464-7225
F: (540) 464-7767

320 Mallory Hall
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450

Comet Images

hyakutakeThe 1996 comet Hyakutake was a very spectacular comet, the brightest in twenty years (since comet West in 1976). This image was obtained at the VMI Observatory, using our CCD electronic camera, and a 50mm camera lens. This comet was bright enough to obtain a photograph with an ordinary 35mm camera, from a dark-sky location without using a telescope.











py_haleboppMarch 1997: Comet Hale-Bopp offers a spectacular sight in the early evening skies, seen near the northwest horizon during the first hour of darkness. This photograph was obtained at the VMI Observatory March 20, using the 5-inch photographic refractor, guided by the 20-inch reflector. (This was a two-minute exposure on T-MAX 400 film.)