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Join Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and Highland Brewing Company for a night of stargazing in honor of Highland’s new Stargazer White Ale.  By protecting land from development SAHC is lessening light pollution and helping to make the night sky even more vibrant!  In Madison County SAHC has helped protect over 3,500 acres of land, contributing to the great dark skies that are possible at the Grassland Mountain Observatory.

Bring a picnic dinner to the observatory and enjoy a sunset and panoramic views from the Great Smokies to the Black Mountains as you dine.  As the sun continues to set we will see Venus setting in the west, while learning about the night sky from members of the Astronomy Club of Asheville including Bernie Arghiere!  After dark, we will use the observatory’s 16-inch robotic telescope to see stars, star clusters, galaxies and nebulae.  Near 10 p.m. the planet Jupiter will be rising in the east!

Cost:  This event is free for SAHC members $10 for non-members