The August 21, 2017 Total Eclipse of the Sun is on its Way!

2 March 2017 – Next Club Meeting

Thursday night, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. In the Manheimer Room at the lower level of the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus. This meeting is free and open to the general public.

Chris Richardson, ELON University – Exoplanets: Is there Another Earth?





Extrasolar planets, or exoplanets, are orbiting stars other than our Sun. In recent years, the discovery of new exoplanets has increased exponentially, placing us at a unique turning point in our understanding of how our world came into existence and how many out there are similar to it.  Read more…

Two Public Star Gazes in March

Continue to check this home age posting as weather and road conditions 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: Pat Barcas, taken at Lookout Observatory)

3 March 2017 – Friday night The location for this star gaze is Lookout Observatory on the UNC Asheville campus. The weather backup night is Saturday, March 4th. While the event is free and open to the general public, you must register to attend. Pre-registration is now full, however you may join a waiting list here to be notified if spaces become available. There is no public parking at the observatory, but shuttles are 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 6:28 p.m. with shuttle service beginning at 7:00 p.m.

17 March 2017 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison County. The weather backup night is Saturday, March 18. 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 hereIn the event that road conditions prevent access to GMO, the backup location will be the Tanbark Ridge Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sunset occurs at 7:39 p.m.

12 March 2017Daylight Saving Time Begins


16-29 March 2017Find the Elusive Zodiacal Light After Sunset

20 March 2017Northern Hemisphere Vernal Equinox Brings Spring