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

Admission and parking are free at the UNC-Asheville Reuter Center’s Manheimer Room.  Find directions to the Reuter Center at this link.  It’s buiding #16 at the north (top) end of the campus map.


21 June 2017 – Northern Hemisphere Summer Solstice




Next Public 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 credit: Joy Marie de Block, taken from Grassland Mountain Observatory).


Saturday – June 24, 5:00 p.m. update: While skies won’t be ideal, tonight’s star gaze at Grassland Mountain Observatory will proceed as planned. The temporary gate code for entry into the Preserve at Little Pine is “#5155” – a pound sign followed by four numbers. Be sure to enter all five characters in quick succession on the gate keypad. The observatory will be open to the public by 7:30 p.m. with sunset occurring at 8:50.


23 June 2017 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison County.  The weather backup night is Saturday, June 24th.  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 8:50 p.m.

Solar Observing at Pack Square

Continue to check this home page posting as weather could cancel this solar observing event. Check-in again after 11:00 a.m. on the afternoon of the observing session for the latest info and update.



Sunday, 23 July 2017

From 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.

Get ready for the upcoming August 21st Great American Eclipse – the first total solar eclipse in the contiguous United States since 1979 – by joining the Astronomy Club of Asheville for an afternoon of solar observing in downtown Asheville! Located at Pack Square’s Reuter Terrace, on the corner of South Market Street and Court Plaza (across from the Asheville Police & Fire Department), the club will have an array of safe solar telescopes to catch a close-up view of our nearest star, the Sun. Join us to learn more about August’s total solar eclipse and how to maximize your enjoyment of one of nature’s most spectacular sights. And, for a $2 donation per pair, pick up your Astronomy Club of Asheville safe solar eclipse shades!

3 August 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.

Jonathan Ward, NASA Solar System Ambassador  – Cassini’s Grand Finale: A Daring End to a Glorious Mission”




After thirteen years in orbit around Saturn and almost twenty years in space, the Cassini spacecraft has begun the final chapter of its mission: its Grand Finale.

This year, NASA has directed Cassini to undertake a daring set of weekly dives that send Cassini between the inner edge of Saturn’s rings and just above the planet’s cloud tops. On September 15, 2017, Cassini will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere and be destroyed. Read more…