Lookout Observatory

The observatory on the UNC-Asheville campus is officially designated as “Lookout Observatory”.

Located at one of the highest points on the campus, Lookout Observatory is open for selected public events and observing sessions.  Check this website’s home page for postings that list observing opportunities for the general public.

Lookout Panorama

There are more observatory images on the club Facebook page.


The Astronomy Club of Asheville was a collaborator and investor in Lookout Observatory’s design and funding, and the club continues to participate as a partner in the use and operation of the facility on the UNC-Asheville campus.  This is Asheville’s first public observatory, and it will provide astronomy education and outreach for both the university and the community.
Construction was completed and the observatory opened in October 2014.

For more information about the observatory site, telescope equipment and plans, open the link below:


LO Citizen-Times 2

Astronomical Times for Lookout Obs. (35.6223, -82.5663)
Starting 18 Jan 2020, for the next 2 days
DateMorningSunriseSunsetEveningMoonriseMoonsetMoon Phase
TwilightTwilight
18 Jan 202006:0507:3617:4419:1301:3512:54day 23 of Moon
19 Jan 202006:0507:3617:4519:1402:4113:32

Planetary Data for today
MercuryVenusMarsJupiterSaturnUranusNeptunePluto
Rises08:0909:4404:2106:3707:2612:0710:1007:27
Meridian13:0415:1309:1411:2512:2018:4015:5112:18
Sets17:5920:4014:0716:1417:1401:1821:3617:10
ConstellationCapricornusAquariusOphiuchusSagittariusSagittariusAriesAquariusSagittarius

Visible ISS Passes
ISS image. Credit: NASA
DateBrightnessStartHighest pointEnd
MagnitudeTimeAlt.Az.TimeAlt.Az.TimeAlt.Az.
17 Jan-2.119:20:3410°SSW19:22:2323°SSE19:22:2323°SSE
18 Jan-1.818:33:3210°SSE18:35:3916°SE18:36:5214°ESE
18 Jan-0.820:08:5810°WSW20:09:5016°WSW20:09:5016°WSW