Upcoming Stargazes

Lookout Observatory is dedicated to helping community members of all ages and interest levels understand and enjoy astronomy. UNC Asheville and the Astronomy Club of Asheville host events at the observatory that are open to the public, as well as scheduled visits for schools and other organized groups. Join us at our next event or contact us if you are interested in scheduling a group event.

Upcoming Special Event: Tuesday July 9, 2019

Dominic Lesnar, president of the Astronomy Club of Asheville, will present a talk entitled “To the Moon! Reflections on Apollo after 50 years” at 7:30pm July 9th in the Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center on the campus of UNC Asheville.  Audience members will have the opportunity to share their own brief reflections and recollections of the moon landing after the presentation. If the weather cooperates, we will conclude the evening  observing the moon through telescopes set up outside the Reuter Center.

Next Public Stargaze: Friday August 23, 2019

We invite community members to join us after dusk to view a wide variety of celestial objects using the observatory’s telescopes.  If we are unable to proceed due to bad weather, we will hold a backup event on August 24th.


We are not currently accepting registrations for our next public stargaze, but you may join our email list by filling out the Lookout Observatory Mailing List Form to be notified when registration does open. And be sure to like us on Facebook to keep up to date with what’s happening at Lookout, with the Astronomy Club of Asheville, and in the universe!


Please park in the Reuter Center lot (P10) on UNC Asheville’s campus (campus map). Shuttles will run at regular intervals to transport people to and from the observatory.

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking is available at the observatory. If you will require its use, please contact us after you have registered so we can make the proper arrangements.

Cancellation Policy

Because observatory events may be impacted by the weather, always check the homepage two hours prior to the beginning of the stargaze to ensure the sky will be clear and the observatory will be open. If a Friday viewing is postponed, the backup day will be the following Saturday, and your reservation will still be valid for the backup date. Further details regarding the rescheduling, including parking and shuttle information, will be included with the postponement information.

Weather Conditions

During public stargazes, the observatory becomes an outdoor, open-air facility. Please dress appropriately for being outside an extended period of time. In the winter, wear warm clothes with several layers to ensure you enjoy your stargazing experience.

Group Events

If you would like to schedule your group for an event, please contact Lookout Observatory at 828.250.3958 or email lookout@unca.edu.

Special Events

The universe is constantly in motion, which means there is always something in the sky to view. Check this page regularly for details about special events, or like Lookout Observatory’s Facebook page to learn about upcoming events. We love to watch comets, eclipses, and other celestial events!