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Venus Jupiter uJuly 2015July 2015 – The Planets Venus and Jupiter Remain Close in the West at Dusk all Month.

(Image courtesy of Sky & Telescope)

31 July 2015  July’s Second Full Moon – a “Blue Moon”?

July & August 2015 What does the star Sirius have to do with the “dog days of summer”?

6 August 2015Next Club Meeting

Thursday night, 7-9 pm In the Manheimer room at the lower level of the Reuter Center on the UNC-Asheville campus


Galileo Fingers“Galileo’s Fingers — 
A Photographic Exploration of Antique Scientific Instruments”

– Presented by Rick Boozer, astrophysics researcher, public speaker and author

Following a recent visit to the Museo Galileo in Florence, Italy, Rick will present a guided photographic tour of this museum dedicated to the pioneering (and controversial!) seventeenth-century scientist and father of modern observational astronomy, Galileo Galilei. In addition to holding many scientific instruments dating back over a thousand years, the museum displays two telescopes fabricated by the man himself and used to radically change our perception of the world.  Read more…

Perseids 201512/13 August 2015 – The annual Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks.

(Image courtesy of Sky & Telescope)

Three Club Star Gazes in August


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 and update.

(Image credit: Spencer Black – taken at Grassland Mountain Observatory)

 

7 August 2015 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be the Mount Pisgah trailhead parking lot on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The weather backup night for this star gaze is Saturday, August 8th. This event is free and open to the general public. Sunset occurs at 8:29 p.m.

14 August 2015 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison county. The weather backup night for this star gaze is Saturday, August 15th. This event is free and open to the general public. A temporary gate code, required for entry, will be provided the day of the star gaze by 5:00 p.m. Sunset occurs at 8:21 p.m. Directions to Grassland Mountain Observatory can be found here.

21 August 2015 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be Lookout Observatory on the UNC-Asheville campus. The backup night for this star gaze is Saturday, August 22nd. Registration for this event is not yet open, however you may sign up for a mailing list here to be notified when pre-registration opens. There is no public parking at the observatory, but there is a free, short 4-minute shuttle ride available to and from the observatory in parking lot P10  (the Reuter Center) on the north (top) end of this campus map. Shuttle service will begin at 9:00 p.m..