BREAKING NEWS

Fonta Flora Event has been moved
from July 17 to August 14













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 22, 2022
West Wing Catawba Science Center, Hickory NC
Only 177 Days Until BoBfest 2022

The Lucile Miller Observatory Clear Sky Chart

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


Friday, August 6, 2021
at 8:00pm

Please wear a mask if not fully vaccinated. Click Here For Driving Directions and Information About This Event at Miller Observatory



Thursday, August 12, 2021
7:30pm until 9:00pm




  • Friday, Aug 13, 2021 - Local Astronomy Event

    Public Observing with the Piedmont Amateur Astronomers at Hanging Rock State Park at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, Aug 14, 2021 - Local Astronomy Event

    CHANGE OF DATE!!!! Moon and star gaze at Fonta Flora Whippoorwill Farm Brewery from 8:00pm until 10:00pm Details to come
  • Thursday, Sep 9, 2021 - Catawba Valley Astronomy Club Meeting

    The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club meets at Lucile Miller Observatory in Maiden from 7:30pm until 9:00pm
  • Friday, Sep 10, 2021 - Local Astronomy Event

    Pubic Stargaze hosted by the Piedmont Amateur Astronomers at Lake Norman State Park Swimming Area at 7:00pm Rain Date July 17
  • Friday, Sep 17, 2021 - Local Astronomy Event

    Public Stargaze at the Energy Explorium at MdGuire Nuclear Station, Hwy 73 on Lake Norman from 8:30pm until 10:00pm Rain Date October 15



Tuesday, Oct 5, 2021 - Local Astronomy Event *Tentative* - National Night Out in Conover Park from 5:00pm until 9:00pm Telescopes, displays, handouts

Friday, Oct 8, 2021 - Local Astronomy Event Public Observing with the Piedmont Amateur Astronomers at Hanging Rock State Park at 8:00pm

Friday, Nov 12, 2021 - Local Astronomy Event Public Observing with the Piedmont Amateur Astronomers at Rocky Face Park north of Taylorsville at 7:00pm

Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 - Local Astronomy Event BoBfest! Regional Gathering of Amateur Astronomers - Catawba Science Center, Hickory NC from 8:30am until 5:00pm Free! Keynote Speakers and afternoon forums. Door Prizes, solar observing, displays and handouts, family activities and planetarium shows. Click Here bobfest.catawbasky.org

Saturday, Mar 5, 2022 - Local Astronomy Event Triad Starfest or *Tri*Star* Astronomy Conference all day Jamestown NC details to come Located at the Percy H. Sears Applied Technologies Center on the campus of Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown NC.

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CVAC Members Web and Social Media Pages

EarthSky.org Tonight's Sky

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.

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



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";