Lake James State Park is still closed to on site observing and astronomy programs.

Catawba Science Center is scheduled to re-open on October 1 with capacity limits.

Jupiter from LMO on 9-11

Your CVAC Officers for 2020:

President - David Brehm
Vice-president - Brian Hissom
Secretary - Gary Addington
Treasurer - Jeff Whisenant
Programs -
Communications - Jeff Whisenant
Science -
Observing -
NASA Night Sky - John O'Neal
Facebook - David Henry

Contact Us!

Saturday, January 23, 2021
Auditorium of Catawba Science Center
Hickory, North Carolina
Only 124 Days Until BoBfest 2021

CVAC Members Web and Social Media Pages

The Lucile Miller Observatory Clear Sky Chart

LMO Clear Sky Chart - All N.C. Clear Sky Charts

Useful Observing Resources Tonight's Sky

Tuesday, Sep 22
Fall Begins Today at 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Sep 23
First Quarter Moon

Thursday, Sep 24
Moon below Jupiter in evening sky

Friday, Sep 25
Moon below Saturn in evening sky

Saturday, Sep 26
Days and Nights Are Equal Length Today at 7:15 a.m. and p.m.

Thursday, Oct 1
Full Moon

CVAC Meetings will be conducted via ZOOM until further notice

All Seasonal Events are Tentative at this time!

Observing at Lake James State Park Paddys Creek Area. Events are scheduled usually in the warmer months. Events are free. Please visit the Lake James State Park Website to register.

Observing at Fonta Flora Brewery Whippoorwill Farms on NC 126 above Paddys Creek. Enjoy the great night sky with your entire family! Good beverages and food available.

CVAC and other area astronomy organizations gather at dark sky locations for serious observing. These events appear only on the CVAC members web page. Red light protocol is observed and white light is not permitted. If you have a scope and are interested in attending a serious observing event, please contact us, or better yet become a CVAC member.

All Annual Events (except BoBfest) are ON HOLD at this time! We'll be back soon!

BoBfest - The Regional Gathering of Amateur Astronomers is held on 4th Saturday in January in the West Wing of Catawba Science Center from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. FREE!

Earth Day at CSC 4th Saturday in April 10a.m. to 2 p.m. WEATHER PERMITTING!

Astronomy Day at Barnes and Noble each April or May from 3 to 11 p.m.

Catawba Riverfest at Lake James State Park Paddys Creek Area on the Second Saturday each September, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. FREE

Join CVAC at National Night Out in Conover Park on the First Tuesday each October from 5 to 8 p.m. FREE