1-5 Feb. 2023
Some Bright Flyovers of the Int’l Space Station

Image courtesy of NASA

1-10 Feb. 2023
Comet ZTF in the Evening Sky

Image courtesy of
club member David Krause

Two Public Star Gazes for February

Image credit: club member Jerry Sherman – taken at Grassland Mtn. Obs.

Continue to check this home page as weather could change the venue or postpone and possibly cancel a star gaze. Check again after 5:00 p.m. on the afternoon of the observing session for the latest info and update.

10 Feb 2023 — Friday night — This public star gaze will be held at Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison County, with a weather backup night of Saturday, 11 February. This event is free and open to everyone — registration is not necessary to attend. A temporary gate code, required for entry, will be provided here on the day of the star gaze by 4:00 p.m. Directions to Grassland Mountain Observatory can be found here. Sunset occurs at 6:06 p.m.

17 Feb 2023 — Friday night — The location for this star gaze will be Lookout Observatory on the UNC Asheville campus, with a weather backup date of Saturday, 18 February. While the event is free and open to everyone, pre-registration is required to attend. To learn more about how to register, please visit the UNCA Lookout Observatory website here. Sunset occurs at 6:13 p.m., with shuttle service beginning about 7:00 p.m.

2 March 2023 – Club Meeting Presentation
— Thursday night, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

This free speaker presentation will be offered in-person at the UNC-Asheville Reuter Center and virtually online. Registration is not required; use this Zoom link to watch the presentation remotely.

The James Webb Space Telescope, the Next Generation Telescope
– presented by
John O’Neal

Learn how the JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE and the Hubble Space Telescope are similar. John will then dive into the innovations that make them different and how the JWST will enhance our understanding of the early universe by seeing farther into the past than any prior telescope has ever seen. Read more…