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Spencer 2Continue 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 a
nd update. (Image credit: Spencer Black – taken at Grassland Mountain Observatory)

Friday – May 27, 6:00 p.m. update: Tonight’s star gaze at Lookout Observatory will proceed. While conditions are less than perfect, radar images show the possibility of clearing near dark. Sunset occurs at 8:37 with the first shuttles arriving at 9:00 p.m.

27 May 2016 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be Lookout Observatory on the UNC Asheville campus, with the weather backup night being Saturday, May 28th. While this event 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 begins at 8:37 p.m. with shuttle service beginning at 9:00.

2 June 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


landscape-1439328233-evryscope-overview-1024x683“Using Camera Lenses to Observe Everything, All the Time: the Evryscope Global Network”
— Presented by Nicholas Law, UNC Chapel Hill

Current wide-field sky surveys generally operate with few-degree-sized fields and take many individual images to cover large sky areas each night. Dr. Law will discuss the Evryscope (“wide-seer”), which takes a different approach: using an array of small telescopes to form a single image covering every part of the accessible sky simultaneously and continuously. Read more…

3 June 2016 – Purchase Knob Star Gaze

GSMNP sunriseFriday night – Star Gaze in the GSMNP – Presented in partnership with the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center, the Astronomy Club of Asheville is returning to spectacular Purchase Knob in the Cataloochee area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to experience a star gaze in this beautiful setting. Directions to the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center at Purchase Knob can be found here.

Registration for this event is now full. For more information on how to join a waiting list, call the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center at (828) 926-6251. Arrive before dark and enjoy the views and an indoor presentation on the June night skies. There is no backup night for this event at Purchase Knob. Sunset occurs at 8:42 p.m.

4 June 2016 – Star Gaze at Grassland Mountain Observatory

This event will take place only if the observing portion of the June 3rd Purchase Knob event (see above) is cancelled due to unfavorable weather conditions.

Spencer 4Continue 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: Spencer Black – taken at Grassland Mountain Observatory)

Saturday night – The location for this star gaze will be Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison County. This event is free and open to the general public — registration is not necessary to attend. As this star gaze is contingent upon the Purchase Knob event, please check back Saturday morning, June 4th, for more information, as well as the temporary gate code, required for entry, and directions. Sunset occurs at 8:42 p.m.