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January 23, 2022: COVID-19 Update: Pandemic health precautions have caused the cancellation of all club meetings, public star gazes, outreach events, and other gatherings through February 28, 2022, and possibly longer. Private star gazes for very small groups are available. When possible, we will post virtual, online links to our monthly speaker presentations.

2-3 Feb. 2022
The Moon Joins Jupiter
at Dusk

Illustration courtesy of
Sky & Telescope

3 Feb. 2022 – Club Meeting Presentation
— Thursday night, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. —

This free speaker presentation will be offered virtually using the online Webex video-conferencing platform. Follow this link for instructions on how to join this virtual meeting presentation.

Exploring Carbon Chemistry around Massive Young Stars
– presented by
Rachel Smith, Ph.D.
, Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Appalachian State University


Dr. Smith will discuss her current research on observing protoplanetary disks around massive young forming stars in our galaxy. She is particularly interested in the chemical pathways of carbon – one of the most important elements in forming terrestrial planets, like Earth, and the molecules needed for life. Read more…

4-14 Feb. 2022
Three Planets Gather at Dawn

Illustration courtesy of
Sky & Telescope

8-9 February 2022
The Moon Passes Between 2 Star Clusters