Sidewalk Astronomy tonight

Jane Houston Jones jane at
Sat Apr 20 12:13:40 PDT 2013

There will be telescopes out at the corner of Myrtle and Lime Streets 
tonight from sundown until about 9-9:30 p.m. depending on the crowds and 
the astronomers.  So stop by for a great view of the moon, a last look 
at Jupiter until late fall, and maybe a peek at Saturn rising above the  
buildings. It should be a good night - the clear sky chart looks great!

Mojo and I are in Florida visiting family.  We're planning to be with 
sidewalk astronomers here at Lakewood Ranch, near Sarasota, FL.  But the 
clear sky chart indicates otherwise tho' (all those white squares 
indicate nothing but clouds and probably rain too)

Here's a monthly recap of astronomical doings all year.

Here's our next dark sky public star party info. May 11 at Mojave 
National Preserve, Black Canyon Campground. There is free camping but 
RSPV is required as camping space is limited. RSVP with David Lamfrom at 
dlamfrom at or 760-219-4916 More info here:

And if you are contemplating a getaway to Yosemite this summer, nearly 
every weekend (except full moon weekend) from July 4 through Labor Day 
there is an astronomy club doing a public star party at Glacier Point 
both Friday and Saturday nights -- as shown in this beautiful video: The 
Northern California Astronomy Cubs choose their first, second and third 
choices for a weekend slot in a lottery.  The club we always go with was 
granted August 22-23.  Moon rises fairly early, so it is not the clubs 
first choice.  But there will be dark skies for a few hours, a gorgeous 
view of Saturn, then moonrise near Half Dome through club members 

Special announcement :-( Due to budget restrictions, plans for a JPL 
Open House in spring 2013 have been suspended. If budget considerations 
improve, JPL hopes to host an Open House at a future date, perhaps as 
early as fall 2013. Please check back here for updates -->

Jane Houston Jones
Monrovia, CA
What's Up Podcast for April: Saturn's rings delight!
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Twitter: /CassiniSaturn /otastro
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