13-14 December 2018Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks


21 December 2018Northern Hemisphere Winter Begins


Next Public Star Gaze

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 4:00 p.m. on the afternoon of the observing session for the latest info and update. (image credit: Spencer Black, taken at Grassland Mountain Observatory)

28 December 2018 – Friday night – We return to Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison County for this event. The weather backup night is Saturday, 29 December. 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 4:00 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 5:25 p.m.

A Lunar Eclipse Is Headed Our Way!

20 January 2019Total Lunar Eclipse

On the evening of SundayJanuary 20th, observers in the Americas are well positioned to experience a total lunar eclipse – the first seen in Asheville since September 2015.  Learn more…