Around 500 people assembled in the parking lot of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce to see the last transit of Venus in front of the sun for 105 years. Young and old, experienced and not, stood in lines to look through the various telescopes and binoculars club members set up. Photos by Bill Rhodes
All eyes are on the skies: Eyes on the skies: Last month, UNCA announced a plan to partner with the Astronomy Club of Asheville to build a small observatory on the south-facing hillside at the north end of campus, at the end of Nut Hill Road. Key partners in the observatory plan include (from left) UNCA’s Brian Dennison and Judy Beck, and Bernie Arghiere, president of the Astronomy Club of Asheville. (photos by Max Cooper)
Get ready for the Transit of Venus, sing along with a tractor named Otis and tour five private gardens this weekend.
Not a soul turned out Thursday night, April 19, for an information session that was hosted by UNCA and meant to introduce the community to a joint plan with the Asheville Astronomy Club to build a new observatory on this south-facing hilltop on campus.
The Astronomy Club of Asheville is funding the full cost of a small campus laboratory that will house two telescopes, UNCA officials report.