The Dill Knob Observatory was established for visual observation of the night skies and of the Sun. It is located at an elevation of 3800 feet in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The purpose of this website is to provide useful information for those interested in astronomy and current events in the sky.
Excitement is building as the region plans for a total eclipse of the Sun on August 21, 2017!
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In all of the history of mankind there will be only one generation which will be the first to explore the solar system, one generation for which in childhood the planets are distant and indistinct disks moving through the night, and for which in old age the planets are places, diverse new worlds in the course of exploration ….. There will be a time in our future history when the solar system will be explored and inhabited by men who will be looking outward toward the first trip to the stars. To them and to all who come after us, the present moment will be a pivotal instant in the history of mankind.
– Carl Sagan, 1970