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15 November – A Shiny Quarter and a Copper Planet

 

Image courtesy of Sky & Telescope

17-18 November – Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks

 

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Upcoming Public Star Gazes

 

Continue to check this home page as weather and road conditions could change the venue or postpone and possibly cancel a star gaze. Check-in again after 4:00 p.m. on the afternoon of the observing session for the latest info and update. (image credit: Spencer Black, taken at Grassland Mountain Observatory)

30 November 2018 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be Lookout Observatory on the UNC Asheville campus. The weather backup date is Saturday, 1 December. 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 5:17 p.m., with shuttle service beginning at 6:00.

7 December 2018 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison County. The weather backup night is Saturday, 8 December. 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 4:00 p.m. Directions to Grassland Mountain Observatory can be found hereIn the event that road conditions prevent access to GMO, the backup location will be the Tanbark Ridge Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sunset occurs at 5:17 p.m.

28 December 2018 – Friday night – We return to Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison County for this event. The weather backup night is Saturday, 29 December. 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 4:00 p.m. Directions to Grassland Mountain Observatory can be found hereIn the event that road conditions prevent access to GMO, the backup location will be the Tanbark Ridge Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sunset occurs at 5:25 p.m.

6 December 2018 – Next Indoor 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.

On Thursday, December 6, the Astronomy Club of Asheville will celebrate our 7th Annual Club Holiday Social and Auction event! Come join us at UNCA’s Reuter Center, where we’ll have refreshments, door prizes, and a large selection of exciting items to bid on during our silent and live auctions. We’ll also welcome the return of our HILARIOUS auctioneer whose previous stellar performances have often been a comedy highlight for many club members!

Auction items will be on display beginning at 6:30 p.m., with the live auction starting by 7:30. The evening is open to all, so bring family and friends, bid on an item or two, just try to suppress your laughter, and show your support for our club!