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

Admission and parking are free at the UNC-Asheville Reuter Center’s Manheimer Room.  Find directions to the Reuter Center at this link.  It’s building #16 at the north (top) end of the campus map.

Evenings of 24 – 25 JulyConjunction of a Crescent Moon and Mercury

 

 

 

Image Courtesy of Sky & Telescope

3 August 2017 – Next Club Meeting

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

In addition to Mr. Ward’s Cassini Mission talk, Bernard Arghiere, Astronomy Club of Asheville board member,  will give a short presentation on the August 21st total solar eclipse.


Jonathan Ward, NASA Solar System Ambassador  – Cassini’s Grand Finale: A Daring End to a Glorious Mission”

 

 

 

After thirteen years in orbit around Saturn and almost twenty years in space, the Cassini spacecraft has begun the final chapter of its mission: its Grand Finale.

This year, NASA has directed Cassini to undertake a daring set of weekly dives that send Cassini between the inner edge of Saturn’s rings and just above the planet’s cloud tops. On September 15, 2017, Cassini will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere and be destroyed. Read more…

Three Star Gazes in August

 

Continue 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: Jerry Sherman, taken from Grassland Mountain Observatory)

11 August 2017 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be the Mt. Pisgah trailhead parking lot on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The weather backup night is Saturday, August 12th. This event is free and open to the general public –registration is not necessary to attend.  Directions to the Mt. Pisgah trailhead parking lot can be found here. Sunset occurs at 8:24 p.m.

18 August 2017 – Friday night – This event is the first of two consecutive star gazing nights at Lookout Observatory on the UNC Asheville campus. There is no backup date for this event, and registration will be held separately for each night. 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 8:16 p.m., with shuttle service beginning at 8:30.

19 August 2017 – Saturday night – This event is the second of two consecutive star gazing nights at Lookout Observatory on the UNC Asheville campus. There is no backup date for this event, and registration will be held separately for each night. 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 8:14 p.m., with shuttle service beginning at 8:30.