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

16-29 March 2017Find the Elusive Zodiacal Light After Sunset

20 March 2017Northern Hemisphere Vernal Equinox Brings Spring

6 April 2017 – Next Club 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.

Lt. James Toomey, United States Coast Guard Academy – “Observing the Heart of the Milky Way: The Galactic Center Radio Arc”




Radio wavelength studies of the center of the Milky Way have been conducted for over half a century. Despite a wealth of observations, the energetic interactions occurring near the heart of our galaxy are still poorly understood.

A peculiar structure discovered in our Milky Way center, now known as the Galactic Center Radio Arc, formed as a result of intense gravitational fields, rapid star formation and the potential influence by dark matter. Read more…

Two Club Star Gazes in April

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 taken from Grassland Mountain Observatory)

21 April 2017 – Friday nightThe location for this star gaze is Lookout Observatory on the UNC Asheville campus. The weather backup night is Saturday, April 22nd. In conjunction with the North Carolina Science Festival, we will be participating in a statewide star party! While the event is free and open to the general public, pre-registration is required to attend. Learn more about how to register by visiting the UNCA Lookout Observatory website here. Sunset occurs at 8:09 p.m., with shuttle service beginning at 8:30.

28 April 2017  Friday night  The location for this star gaze will be Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison County. The weather backup night is Saturday, April 29th. 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 8:14 p.m.