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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.

1 June 2017 – Next Club Meeting

Thursday night, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – In Rhoades Robinson Hall (RRO 125) on the UNC Asheville campus. This meeting is free and open to the general public.

PLEASE NOTE: The location for our June meeting will be Rhoades Robinson Hall room 125 (RRO 125) on the UNC Asheville campus. See directions and parking instructions here. A campus map indicating the building with a yellow star can be found here.


Richard Ignace, East Tennessee State University  – “How Do We Know What We Know?”

 

 

 

 

Exoplanets, the expanding universe, the lives of stars, dark matter, dark energy, black holes, and other sundry beasts of the cosmos: how have astronomers come to discover and, to varying degrees, understand such a diverse menagerie of objects and properties of our cosmos?

The enterprise is made that much more amazing given the fact that so much progress has been made from the fixed vantage point of our little planet. Humans are constrained merely to observe, not to visit! Read more…

Two Public Star Gazes in June

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).

 

 

 

 

16 June 2017 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be the Mt. Pisgah trailhead parking lot on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The weather backup night is Saturday, June 17th. This event is free and open to the general public — registration is not necessary to attend.  Directions to the Mt. Pisgah trailhead parking lot can be found here. Sunset occurs at 8:48 p.m.

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.

21 June 2017Northern Hemisphere Summer Solstice