The Piedmont Amateur Astronomers are a group of individuals who meet to share an interest in astronomy and to promote astronomy education in and around Statesville, NC.  The club was founded on June 28, 1988 and our first event was an observation of the Perseid meteor shower of that year.  To commemorate this event, the club logo was designed around the constellation Perseus and has 3 lines ending in stars to indicate meteor trails.

We meet on the first Thursday of each month in the conference room of the Iredell County Rescue Squad Building (directions).   Our meetings start at 7:30 pm and last up to two hours.  Each meeting covers club business, observing reports, upcoming observing opportunities, an educational or entertaining presentation from a club member or guest speaker and observing afterwards (weather permitting). 

We hold monthly club stargazes at our observing sites as well as public star parties (for schools, churches, scout units, etc.) all over the area.  To schedule a public star party, please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  We also attend regional astronomy gatherings and host Astronomy Day, the Messier Marathon, comet and meteor shower watches, as well as solar and lunar eclipse observations.