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6 October 2016 – 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.

GW150914-SXS“Detecting Gravitational Waves:  The Sounds of Warped Space”  — Presented by Tom Carruthers, University of Maryland–Baltimore County, Senior Member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration

The discovery of gravitational waves due to the collision of massive black holes in the distant universe was announced earlier this year by LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.) These waves are distortions in the fabric of space and time itself and have nothing to do with light or any other type of electromagnetic radiation.

The discovery is transformational: it has validated Einstein’s theory in the extremely strong-field régime. It gives us new eyes on the universe that are not impeded by intervening matter, allowing us to peer into the hearts of galaxies and even into the center of supernovae. We expect to see phenomena we do not even now know to predict! Read more…

oct-11-mercury-jupiter11 October 2016 –      
Dawn Skies Offer a Close Conjunction of Mercury and Jupiter




Image courtesy of Sky & Telescope

Two Star Gazes in October

joy-marie-de-block-gmo-sept-3-2016Continue to check this home page 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: Joy Marie De Block, taken at Grassland Mountain Observatory)


21 October 2016 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be Lookout Observatory on the UNC Asheville campus. The weather backup night is Saturday, October 22nd. This event is free and open to the general public, however pre-registration is required to attend. While registration is not yet open, you may join the Lookout Observatory mailing list to be notified when registration begins by following this link. There is no public parking at the observatory, but shuttles are available from parking lot P10 (the Reuter Center) on the north (top) end of this campus map. Sunset occurs at 6:45 p.m., with shuttle service beginning at 7:30.

28 October 2016 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison County, with a weather backup night of Saturday, October 29th.  The event is free and open to the general public — registration is not necessary to attend.  A temporary gate code, required for entry, will be posted on this website at approximately 5:00 p.m. on the day of the star gaze.  Directions to Grassland Mountain Observatory can be found here.  Sunset occurs at 6:32 p.m.

oct-27-saturn-venus-antares-alignment27 October 2016 –   An Evening Alignment of Saturn, Venus, and Antares


Image courtesy of Sky & Telescope