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 Find 4 Planets in the October Dawn Skies

15 & 16 October 2015Conjunction of Saturn and the Moon

Two Club Star Gazes in October

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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)

9 October 2015 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be Lookout Observatory on the UNC Asheville campus. The weather backup night is Saturday, October 10th. This event is free and open to the general public. Registration is now full, however you may join a waiting list here to be notified if places become available. There is no public parking at the observatory, but a shuttle will be provided to and from the observatory from parking lot P10 (the Reuter Center) on the north (top) end of this campus map. Sunset occurs at 7:03 p.m. with shuttles beginning at 7:30 p.m..

16 October 2015 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison county. The weather backup night is Saturday, October 17th. 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 6:54 p.m.

22 October 2015 – Pre-dawn – Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks.  Find out more…

5 November 2015 Next Club Meeting

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

Danford Search for Life in SS“The Search for Life in Our Solar System”

– Presented by Stephen Danford, Associate Professor Emeritus, UNC Greensboro

The assertion that our solar system is sterile everywhere except Earth has been an important one throughout the past half century, but new research casts some doubt on this pessimistic view. We will review why it is easy to believe that we are alone in the solar system, and what has changed this view. In particular, we will discuss Mars and the Jovian moons, as NASA spacecraft have shown them to us.