27 May 2018 – Conjunction of Jupiter with the Moon
7 June 2018 – 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.
“LIGO – Opening a Window into a New Frontier in Observation” – Presented by Dan Reichart, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Gravitational waves are a natural consequence of the relativistic nature of Einstein’s
general relativistic theory of gravity and were predicted by him in 1916. Because the
gravitational force is the weakest of the four forces in nature, gravitational waves are exceedingly difficult to generate and detect. Read more…
Two Star Gazes in June
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 5:00 p.m. on the afternoon of the observing session for the latest info and update.
8 June 2018 – Friday night – The location for this star gaze will be Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison County. The weather backup night is Saturday, June 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 posted on this website by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the star gaze. Directions to Grassland Mountain Observatory may be found here. Sunset occurs 8:45 p.m.
15 June 2018 – 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 16th. 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.