May 2024
Numerous Bright Flyovers of the ISS
at Dusk

Upcoming Public Star Gazes

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.

31 May 2024 — Friday night — This public star gaze will be held at Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison County, with a weather backup night of Saturday, 1 June. 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 5:00 p.m. Directions to Grassland Mountain Observatory can be found here. These star gazes normally conclude about 3 hours after sunset, and visitors are not permitted to stay past the conclusion time. Sunset occurs at 8:40 p.m.

7 June 2024 — Friday night — The location for this star gaze will be Lookout Observatory on the UNC Asheville campus, with a weather backup date of Saturday, 8 June. 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 8:44 p.m., with shuttle service beginning about 9:30 p.m.

6 June 2024 – 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.

Measuring the Expansion of the Universe using the Supernova Hubble Diagram
– presented by
Erik Peterson
5th Year PhD Student at Duke University

Edwin Hubble was one of the first astronomers to provide evidence for the expansion of the Universe simply by comparing a number of astronomical object’s distances to their recessional velocities on what is now known as the ‘Hubble Diagram.’ More recently, Type Ia Supernovae were used to measure the accelerated expansion of the Universe on another Hubble Diagram that reached far deeper into the Universe. Read more…

7-9 June 2024
The Moon Passes Through Gemini

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