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Two Star Gazes in October

Continue to check this home page as weather could change the venue or postpone and possibly cancel a star gaze. Check-in again after 5:00 p.m. on the afternoon of the observing session for the latest info and update. (image courtesy of Spencer Black, taken from Grassland Mountain Observatory)

19 October 2019 – Saturday night – The location for this star gaze will be
Lookout Observatory on the UNC Asheville campus. There is no weather backup night for this star gaze. While the event is free and open to the general public,
pre-registration is required to attend. To learn more about how to register, please visit the UNCA Lookout Observatory website here. Sunset occurs at 6:49 p.m., with shuttle service beginning at 7:30 p.m.

25 October 2019 – Friday night – This public star gaze will be held at
Grassland Mountain Observatory
 in Madison County, with a weather backup night of Saturday, 26 October. This event is free and open to the general public — registration is not necessary to attend. A temporary gate code, required for entry, will be provided on the day of the star gaze by 4:00 p.m. Directions to Grassland Mountain Observatory can be found here. Sunset occurs at 6:42 p.m.

27 October 2019Uranus at Opposition
– Closest to Earth for the Year

Image credit: NASA

29 October 2019Four Planets and a New Moon at Twilight

Image created using SkySafari software app

1 November 2019Three Planets and a Crescent Moon at Dusk

Image created using SkySafari software app

3 November 2019Daylight Savings Time Ends – unfortunately,
not permanently!

7 November 2019 – Next Club Meeting

Due to a Reuter Center event conflict, the November 7, 2019 meeting of the Astronomy Club of Asheville will be held in Rhoades Robinson Hall room 125, located on the UNC Asheville campus. Click here for directions and an annotated map.

Thursday night, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – In Rhoades Robinson Hall 125, located on the UNC Asheville campus. The meeting is free and open to the general public.

“The Wonderful Life of a Star” – presented by Stephen C. Danford, University of North Carolina Greensboro

How did we come to know that our Sun is a star, and that stars are born, live and die?

What did the ancients believe stars were, and how did our modern understanding arise?

Adding a little physics we will see what a wonderful, intricate thing a star is.  Dr. Danford will discuss energy generation in a star, as well as stellar evolution.  Along the way, he will give us insight to better know our Sun and the billions of other stars that populate the galaxy in which we live!