September 2018Find Four Planets at Dusk


September 2018Comet 21P Glows in Early Morning Skies


Image by Alexander Vasenin

5–22 September 2018Observe the Elusive Zodiacal Light in Pre-Dawn Skies


19 September 2018A Waxing Moon Near a Polished Mars



Image courtesy of Sky & Telescope


22 September 2018Autumnal Equinox Ushers In Fall

29 September 2018Conjunction of Aldebaran and the Moon



Image courtesy of Sky & Telescope


4 October 2018 – Next Indoor 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.

“In Saturn’s Rings” presented by Stephen van Vuuren, filmmaker, SV2 Studios




In Saturn’s Rings is a groundbreaking giant-screen adventure that takes audiences on a journey of the mind, heart and spirit, from the Big Bang to the awe-inspiring rings of Saturn. Over 7.5 million mostly unseen real images from the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn (which ended in dramatic fashion in September 2017), the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Hubble Space Telescope Milky Way time lapses and more were used to make the film.

In Saturn’s Rings is unique as it uses no computer-generated images. The filmmaker will focus on the “what and how” of the ambitious task to create a flythrough of the universe using 5.5 million images from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey combined with a dozen massive Hubble galactic mosaics. Read more…

Two Star Gazes in October

Continue to check this home page 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: Jerry Sherman, taken at Mount Pisgah)

6 October 2018 – Saturday night – The location for this star gaze will be the Mount Pisgah trailhead parking lot on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This event is one night only and there is no weather backup date. The event is free and open to the general public — registration is not necessary to attend.  Directions to the Mount Pisgah trailhead parking lot can be found here. Sunset occurs at 7:07 p.m.

12 October 2018 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be Lookout Observatory on the UNC Asheville campus. The weather backup date is Saturday, October 13th. While the event is free and open to the general public, pre-registration is required to attend. To learn more about how to register, please visit the UNCA Lookout Observatory website here. Sunset occurs at 6:59 p.m., with shuttle service beginning at 7:30.