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 Find 3 Planets in the November Dawn Skies

3 December 2015 Next Club Meeting

Thursday night, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. – In the Manheimer room at the lower level of the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus

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The Fourth Annual Astronomy Club of Asheville Holiday Social and Auction

You are all invited to a fun night with the Astronomy Club of Asheville, when our holiday get-together and club fundraiser will once again be an entertaining evening you won’t want to miss! The event gives us an opportunity to socialize, as well as show support for our club during a silent and live auction. In addition to the auctions, we’ll also have refreshments and a chance to win some nice door prizes.

The return of our hilarious (and we do mean HILARIOUS) auctioneer, J. Randall Latta, will ensure that this evening will be filled with generous laughter. The event is free and open to the general public, so come, bring friends and family, bid on an item or two, and support the Astronomy Club of Asheville!


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*Items will be added as they become available

Two Star Gazes in December

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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: Spencer Black – taken at Grassland Mountain Observatory)

4 December 2015 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be Lookout Observatory on the UNC Asheville campus. The weather backup night is Saturday, December 5th. This event is free and open to the general public. Registration is now full, however you may sign up for a waiting list hereThere is no public parking at the observatory, but there is a free, short 4-minute shuttle ride 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 5:17 p.m. with shuttle service beginning at 6:00 p.m..

11 December 2015 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison County. The weather backup night is Saturday, December 12th. 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 5:00 p.m.. Directions to Grassland Mountain Observatory can be found here. In 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 5:17 p.m..