March 24, 2021: COVID-19 Update: Pandemic health precautions have caused the cancellation of all club meetings, public star gazes, outreach events, and other gatherings through May 31, 2021, 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.

16 April 2021 – Lookout Obs. Star Party

15-17 April 2021
The Moon Joins Mars in the Constellation Taurus

Illustration courtesy of
Sky & Telescope

22 April 2021
Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Before Dawn

Illustration courtesy of
Sky & Telescope

26 April 2021 – A Special Full Moonrise

6 May 2021 – 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.

a Skynet Robotic Telescope

Observing with Skynet: Our Place In Space!
– presented by
Dan Reichart, PhD
, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Skynet Robotic Telescope Network spans four continents and five countries, and carries out cutting-edge research, including the discovery of the most distant explosion in the universe in 2005, the first discovery of rings about a minor planet (Chariklo) in our solar system in 2013, and the co-discovery of the first visible-light counterpart to a gravitational-wave event in 2017. However, Skynet is equally dedicated to opening up its telescopes to students. Read more…