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


Next Club Star Gaze

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 taken from Grassland Mountain Observatory).

28 April 2017  Friday night  The location for this star gaze will be Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison County. The weather backup night is Saturday, April 29th. 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. Sunset occurs at 8:14 p.m.

4 May 2017 – 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. This meeting is free and open to the general public.

Brian Dennison, UNC Asheville  – “Total Solar Eclipses: Chasing the Lunar Umbra”





For earthbound observers a total solar eclipse involves a coincidence of various simultaneous events: new moon, near alignment of the lunar orbital nodes with the Sun-Earth line, predominance of the subtended lunar angular size over that of the Sun, and geographic accessibility of the path of the Moon’s umbral shadow.

As long as humanity remains predominantly earthbound, only the last of these conditions can be improved through human action, hence the tendency of certain umbraphile individuals to travel distances great and small to experience the remarkable phenomena that accompany a total solar eclipse. Read more…