7 January 2019 – UNC Asheville Student, Makennah Bristow, Finds a New World with a NASA Telescope

Makennah Bristow, a Lookout Observatory docent, was the recipient of the Astronomy Club of Asheville’s Carolyn Keefe scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.
She discovered this exoplanet in the habitable zone of a star located 226 light years away in the constellation Taurus.  Read more…

12-25 January 2019Venus and Jupiter Pair Up at Dawn


Image Courtesy of Sky & Telescope

A Lunar Eclipse Is Headed Our Way!

20 January 2019Total Lunar Eclipse

On the evening of SundayJanuary 20th, observers in the Americas are well positioned to experience a total lunar eclipse – the first seen in Asheville since September 2015.  Learn more…

21 & 23 January 2019 –  2 Bright International Space Station Flyovers Visible in our Region


On January 21st check this link for the latest timing and a sky chart of the flyover in the Asheville area.

On January 23rd check this link for the latest timing and a sky chart of the flyover in the Asheville area.

Next Public Star Gaze

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)

25 January 2019 – Friday – The location for this star gaze will be Lookout Observatory on the UNC Asheville campus. The weather backup night is Saturday, 26 January. 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 5:51 p.m., with shuttle service beginning at 6:30.

29 Jan. – 2 Feb. 2019Three Planets and the Moon at Dawn

Image courtesy of Sky & Telescope

7 February 2019 – Next Club Meeting and Presentation

“Evolving Views of Mars: Flybys to Selfies in 50 Years” presented by Rachel Kronyak, NASA Solar System Ambassador, University of Tennessee

How has our vision and understanding of Mars evolved since telescopes first pointed up at the night sky? Since NASA sent satellite missions to fly past the planet and take black and white images? Since we sent fully-loaded, vehicle-sized rovers to explore the terrain and take selfies? Where is Mars exploration headed?  Read more…

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

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a scheduling conflict with our normal meeting location, the February 7th event will be held in Rhoades Robinson Hall 125 (RRO 125), located on the UNC Asheville campus. Please check back soon for more details and directions to this alternate meeting location.