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

Solar Shade Availability in the Asheville, NC Area

(updated August 18, 2017)

A 30-minute presentation by Astronomy Club of Asheville board member and observer of three total solar eclipses, Bernard Arghiere

Next Public Star Gazes

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)

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.

Monday, 21 August 2017 – Total Solar Eclipse

24 – 26 August 2017 –    A Crescent Moon Hangs Near Jupiter and Spica



Image Courtesy of Sky & Telescope

7 September 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.

Jack Howard, NASA Solar System Ambassador  – Interstellar Travel: Science Fiction vs. Science Fact



Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, Star Trek and Star Wars stirred our imaginations with tales of travel to other star systems. At the beginning of the 21st century, we are now discovering planetary system around nearby stars at a staggering pace. Once again, our minds start thinking about actually visiting our galactic neighbors. Can we actually do that? Read more…