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21 Feb. – 2 Mar. 2019Spot the Elusive Planet Mercury at Dusk

Next 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)

Friday – February 22, 7:30 a.m. update: With all weather forecasts predicting clouds and rain for at least 48 hours, this weekend’s Grassland Mountain Observatory public star gaze has been cancelled.

 

22 February 2019 – Friday – The location for this star gaze will be Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison County, with a weather backup night of Saturday, 23 February. 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 on the day of the star gaze by 4:00 p.m. Directions to Grassland Mountain Observatory can be found hereIn the event that winter road conditions prevent access to GMO, the backup location will be the Tanbark Ridge Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sunset occurs at 6:19 p.m.

1 March 2019 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be Lookout Observatory on the UNC Asheville campus. The weather backup night is Saturday, March 2nd. 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 6:25 p.m., with shuttle service beginning at 7:00.

8 March 2019 – Friday – The location for this star gaze will be Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison County, with a weather backup night of Saturday, March 9th. 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 on the day of the star gaze by 4:00 p.m. Directions to Grassland Mountain Observatory can be found hereIn the event that winter road conditions prevent access to GMO, the backup location will be the Tanbark Ridge Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sunset occurs at 6:32 p.m.

29 March 2019 – Friday – The location for this star gaze will be Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison County, with a weather backup night of Saturday, 30 March. 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 on the day of the star gaze by 5:00 p.m. Directions to Grassland Mountain Observatory can be found hereIn the event that winter road conditions prevent access to GMO, the backup location will be the Tanbark Ridge Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sunset occurs at 7:49 p.m.

1-3 March 2019The Moon Joins Venus and Saturn at Dawn

Image courtesy of Sky & Telescope

7 March 2019 – Next Club Meeting

Thursday night, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – In the Manheimer Room at the lower level of the Reuter Center, located on the UNC Asheville campus. The meeting is free and open to the general public.

“The MaNGA Survey: Dissecting 10,000 Galaxies in 3D” – presented by David Wake, University of North Carolina Asheville

 

Our observable universe is full of hundreds of billions of galaxies with a dizzying array of properties. Some are giants, containing more than a trillion stars, while dwarf galaxies have just a few tens of millions. Some are bursting with activity, forming hundreds of new stars every year, while others seem dead and form none. Some galaxies appear to be very ordered, rotating as flat disks, some are spheroidal with stars moving in seemingly random orbits, while still others have components doing both, or appear like train wrecks with no discernible structure!

In this talk, Dr. Wake will present an overview of our current understanding of how such an array of different galaxies formed from the almost smooth gas of hydrogen and helium in the early universe, along with the many questions we still have to answer. Read more…

10 March 2019Daylight Saving Time Begins