When are the Next Total Solar Eclipses?

Did you miss the August 21 Total Solar Eclipse?  Or are you just anxious to see another?  Total solar eclipses occur somewhere on Earth about once every 18 months.  If you have some longevity and are willing to travel, you can place yourself under the Moon’s umbral shadow to experience the magic of totality up to 68 times in a century!  Click on the image below to find out when and where are the upcoming total solar eclipses.

A multiple exposure image shows the Aug. 21, 2017 solar eclipse as it creates the effect of a diamond ring at totality as seen from Clingmans Dome, which at 6,643 feet (2,025m) is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


18 September thru 3 OctoberFind The Elusive Zodiacal Light in Dawn Skies


Friday, 22 September 2017Autumnal Equinox

 5 October 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.

Two very different views of Venus: left, a visual image of the planet’s cloud-covered atmosphere, and right, a false-color radar image showing its harsh surface. Credit: NASA/JPL

Mark Whipple, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute  “Venus, Earth’s Evil Twin”






Earth and Venus have almost exactly the same size and composition, but have evolved into polar opposites. What genetic disorder, or childhood trauma, or freak astrological twist turned Venus from our sibling companion into Earth’s dark side evil twin? And what other ominous secrets are hidden beneath that opaque and ever-present atmospheric cloak? Read more…

Two Star Gazes in October

Image courtesy of Spencer Black, taken at Grassland Mountain Observatory

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.



13 October 2017 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison County.  The weather backup night is Saturday, October 14th.  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 posted on this club website home page by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the star gaze.  Directions to Grassland Mountain Observatory can be found here. Sunset occurs at 6:57 p.m.

20 October 2017 – Friday night  The location for this star gaze will be Lookout Observatory on the UNC Asheville campus. The weather backup night is Saturday, October 21st. 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 6:48 p.m. with shuttle service beginning at 7:30.