23 Jan. – 15 Feb. 2016 – For the first time since 2005, all 5 naked-eye planets will be visible simultaneously in the sky! Find out more…
4 – 6 Feb. 2016 – Find the elusive planet Mercury near Venus and the crescent Moon. Read more…
(Image credit: Sky & Telescope)
Two Star Gazes in February
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: Pat Barcas – taken at Tanbark Ridge Overlook)
Friday – February 5, 1:30 P.M. update: Skies will allow tonight’s star gaze at the Tanbark Ridge Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway to proceed. Please dress very warmly. Sunset occurs at 6:02 P.M.
5 February 2016 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be the Tanbark Ridge Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The weather backup night for the star gaze is Saturday, February 6th. This event is free and open to the general public. Sunset occurs at 6:02 p.m. Please check back on the afternoon of the observing session for any Blue Ridge Parkway road closure announcements that may affect this star gaze.
12 February 2016 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be Lookout Observatory on the UNC Asheville campus. The backup night for the event is Saturday, February 13th. While the star gaze is free and open to the general public, pre-registration is required to attend. Registration is now full, however you may join a waiting list here to be notified of availability. There is no public parking at the observatory, but shuttles are available to and from the observatory from parking lot P10 (the Reuter Center) on the north (top) end of this campus map. Sunset occurs at 6:09 p.m., with shuttle service beginning at 6:30 p.m.
21-23 Feb. 2016 – The Snow Moon Joins the Bright Planet Jupiter in the Night Sky.
Find out more…
3 March 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
“25 Years of Discovery with the Hubble Space Telescope” — Presented by Britt Lundgren, University of North Carolina — Asheville
For a quarter-century the Hubble Space Telescope has orbited the Earth and provided humanity with the deepest-ever views of the Universe. Dr. Lundgren will present a brief history of this great observatory and delve into some of its key discoveries, which have dramatically changed our understanding of the Universe. Read more…