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23 Feb. 2024
The Full Snow Moon Visits Regulus

Illustration created with SkySafari and PowerPoint software

March 2024
Catch the Elusive Zodiacal Light

March 2024
Locate Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks

Image courtesy of
Dan Bartlett

7 March 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.

A 0.25m spincast epoxy parabolic mirror with a ‘lunar concrete’ base and uncoated epoxy surface, shown against a rectangular grid

Spinning the Way to a Perfect Telescope Mirror
– presented by
Terry “TR” Richardson
,
emeritus faculty, College of Charleston

Terry Richardson will discuss his experiences as an astrophysicist-turned-material scientist working with chemists producing experimental telescope mirrors for NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory by spin-casting epoxy. He will outline the production methods used, the methods of testing, the problems uncovered and the solutions that were implemented.

Three Public Star Gazes in March

Image credit: club member Alan Davis – taken at Lookout Observatory

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.




1 Mar. 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, 2 March. 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 6:25 p.m., with shuttle service beginning about 7:15 p.m.

8 Mar. 2024 — Friday night — This public star gaze will be held at Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison County, with a weather backup night of Saturday, 9 March. 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 6:32 p.m.

29 Mar. 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, 30 March. 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 7:49 p.m., with shuttle service beginning about 8:30 p.m.