news and events


3 September 2015 – Next Club Meeting

Thursday night, 7-9 pm In the Manheimer room at the lower level of the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus

new-horizons-tombaugh-regio-pluto-heart cropped“New Horizons — The Adventure to Pluto” – Presented by Mark ‘Indy’ Kochte, New Horizons Mission Analyst

Planet or dwarf planet, does it *really* matter? Pluto has long been considered an oddball planet since its discovery, but over the decades we’ve learned much about what it is and what it isn’t. And now, after a 9.5 year voyage covering over 3 billion miles, the New Horizons spacecraft has become the first man-made craft from Earth to visit this unique world of our solar system. Join Mission Operations team member Mark ‘Indy’ Kochte on a journey of wonder to a place in our own solar system that the awesome Hubble Space Telescope can only barely resolve.

Two Club Star Gazes in September

Continue to check this home page posting as weather and road c
onditions could change the venue or postpone and possibly cancel a star gaze. Check-in again after 5:00 p.m. on the afternoon of the observing session for the latest info and update.  (Image credit: Alan Davis – taken at Grassland Mountain Observatory)

4 September 2015 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be Lookout Observatory on the UNC Asheville campus. The weather backup night is Saturday, September 5th.  Registration is now full, however you may join a waiting list here.  There is no public parking at the observatory, but a free, short shuttle ride is available to and from the observatory from parking lot P10 (the Reuter Center) on the north (top) end of this campus map. Sunset occurs at 7:54 p.m.

11 September 2015 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison county. The weather backup night is Saturday, September 12th. This event is free and open to the general public— registration is not necessary to attend.. A temporary gate code, required for entry, will be provided the day of the star gaze by 5:00 p.m. Directions to Grassland Mountain Observatory can be found here. Sunset occurs at 7:43 p.m.

23 September 2015 The Autumnal Equinox

Linar Eclipse27 September 2015 –  A Total Eclipse of the Harvest Moon occurs tonight.  Read more…

See the Eclipse on the UNC Asheville Campus

 Purchase Knob2 October 2015 – Friday – Star Gaze at Purchase Knob in the GSMNP