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You may drop off your used solar eclipse glasses at Catawba Science Center or Lucile Miller Observatory by June 30

They Will be Distributed to Astronomers Without Boarders











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Your CVAC Officers for 2024:

President - David Brehm
Vice-president - Brian Hissom
Secretary - Gary Addington
Treasurer - Jeff Whisenant
Director - Bob Hunt
Director - Barbara Barrier
Programs - Joe Heafner
Communications - Jeff Whisenant
Science / Unistellar - Joe Heafner
Observing - Tim Slay
NASA Night Sky - John O'Neal
Facebook - David Henry

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The Lucile Miller Observatory Clear Sky Chart

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


Tuesday, June 4, 2024
7:45am until 8:00am



Friday, June 7, 2024
9:00pm until 11:00pm




  • Saturday, Jun 8, 2024 - Event at Lake James State Park

    New Moon Dark Sky Observing Placeholder, no Event Scheduled yet from TBD until TBD
  • Thursday, Jun 13, 2024 - CVAC Meeting at Catawba Science Center

    Catawba Valley Astronomy Club Meeting from 7:30pm until 9:00pm ALL CVAC members and potential members are urged to attend.
  • Saturday, Jun 15, 2024 - Event at Lake James State Park

    First quarter Moon Placeholder, no Event Scheduled yet from TBD until TBD
  • Monday, Jun 17, 2024 - Offsite Group Presentation

    Solar Observing and Presentation at Southwest Library in Mountain View from 1:00pm until 3:00pm Final time and Details to come
  • Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024 - Offsite Group Presentation

    Solar Observing and Presentation at Conover Station Library in Conover from 1:00pm until 3:00pm Final time and Details to come
  • Friday, Jun 21, 2024 - Public Observing at Lucile Miller Observatory

    Free public observing at Lucile Miller Observatory from 9:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Tuesday, Jul 2, 2024 - Radio Show

    Listen to CVAC on First Talk with Hal Row on WHKY AM1290 from 7:45am until 8:00am
  • Saturday, Jul 6, 2024 - Event at Lake James State Park

    New Moon Dark Sky Observing Placeholder, no Event Scheduled yet from TBD until TBD
  • Thursday, Jul 11, 2024 - CVAC Meeting at Catawba Science Center

    Catawba Valley Astronomy Club Meeting from 7:30pm until 9:00pm ALL CVAC members and potential members are urged to attend.
  • Saturday, Jul 13, 2024 - Event at Lake James State Park

    First quarter Moon Placeholder, no Event Scheduled yet from TBD until TBD
  • Tuesday, Jul 23, 2024 - Offsite Group Presentation

    Solar Observing and Presentation at Maiden Town Hall from 1:00pm until 3:00pm Final time and Details to come
  • Saturday, Aug 3, 2024 - Event at Lake James State Park

    New Moon Dark Sky Observing Placeholder, no Event Scheduled yet from TBD until TBD
  • Saturday, Aug 10, 2024 - Event at Lake James State Park

    First quarter Moon Placeholder, no Event Scheduled yet from TBD until TBD
  • Saturday, Aug 31, 2024 - Event at Lake James State Park

    New Moon Dark Sky Observing Placeholder, no Event Scheduled yet from TBD until TBD
  • Saturday, Sep 7, 2024 - Event at Lake James State Park

    First quarter Moon Placeholder, no Event Scheduled yet from TBD until TBD
  • Saturday, Sep 14, 2024 - Event at Lake James State Park

    First quarter Moon Placeholder, no Event Scheduled yet from TBD until TBD
  • Saturday, Sep 28, 2024 - Event at Lake James State Park

    New Moon Dark Sky Observing Placeholder, no Event Scheduled yet from TBD until TBD
  • Tuesday, Oct 1, 2024 - National Night Out in Conover Park

    National Night Out in Conover Park from 5:00pm until 9:00pm
  • Saturday, Oct 5, 2024 - Event at Lake James State Park

    New Moon Dark Sky Observing Placeholder, no Event Scheduled yet from TBD until TBD
  • Saturday, Oct 12, 2024 - Astronomy Day at Barnes and Noble

    National Astronomy Day At Barnes and Noble in Hickory from 3:00pm until 10:00pm Solar observing, evening observing, displays, handouts, meteorites to examine, and lots of other things.
  • Friday, Oct 25, 2024 - Local Astronomy Event

    Catawba Valley Astronomy Club observing and display at Piedmont Council Scout Rendezvous from TBD until TBD Cleveland County Fairgrounds
  • Saturday, Oct 26, 2024 - Local Astronomy Event

    Catawba Valley Astronomy Club observing and display at Piedmont Council Scout Rendezvous from TBD until TBD Cleveland County Fairgrounds With the Starlab Planetarium
  • Sunday, Oct 27, 2024 - Local Astronomy Event

    Catawba Valley Astronomy Club observing and display at Piedmont Council Scout Rendezvous from TBD until TBD Cleveland County Fairgrounds
  • Sunday, Oct 27, 2024 - Local Astronomy Event

    Catawba Valley Astronomy Club observing and display at Piedmont Council Scout Rendezvous from TBD until TBD Cleveland County Fairgrounds
  • Saturday, Nov 2, 2024 - Event at Lake James State Park

    New Moon Dark Sky Observing Placeholder, no Event Scheduled yet from TBD until TBD
  • Saturday, Nov 9, 2024 - Event at Lake James State Park

    First quarter Moon Placeholder, no Event Scheduled yet from TBD until TBD
  • Saturday, Dec 7, 2024 - Event at Lake James State Park

    First quarter Moon Placeholder, no Event Scheduled yet from TBD until TBD
  • Saturday, Dec 28, 2024 - Event at Lake James State Park

    New Moon Dark Sky Observing Placeholder, no Event Scheduled yet from TBD until TBD

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Today At Miller Observatory
   Sunrise: 06:12 a.m.
   Sunset: 20:32 p.m.


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.



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

Astronomy Day at Barnes and Noble each April and October around first quarter Moon from 3 to 11 p.m.

Join CVAC at National Night Out in Conover Park on the First Tuesday each October from 5 to 9 p.m. FREE";