Due to the shutdown which ended last week, some of the National Preserve
groups and individuals who coordinate the star party were unable to do
so. We plan to reschedule the twice-a-year Mojave National Preserve star
party. The campground is already reserved, and it's possible a few of
the astronomers will be there on their own, but the pot luck, firewood,
invited members of the community won't be there.
If you want to know if there will be an astronomer or two, let me know -
and I'll get back to you before Friday.
Sorry about that! Tentatively planning November 30 - and spring 2014
will be announced well in advance, subject to campground availability.
As a conolation. here's a spooky observing writeup in time for
I'll update the Comet ISON opportunities soon (dawn, low in eastern
sky)! Hint: It's not visible to the unaided eye yet.
Jane Houston Jones
@jhjones @CassiniSaturn @NASAInsight
What's Up? Juno Earth Flyby Oct.9, #IOMN, far side of moon NASA video
My 2013 - Year At A Glance Astro Blog
Heads up! Very good ISS pass tonight over LA area. 7:45-7:51p.m.
Also, Sidewalk Astronomy Saturday in Monrovia, it's International
Observe the Moon Night! 7:00-9:00p.m. Myrtle and Lime streets.
My monthly video is about it, plus about Juno spacecraft flying by earth
for a Gravity Assist on Wednesday.
My video and JPL blog page (with a Comet ISON blog I wrote 2 weeks ago)
Oh, we saw Comet ISON yesterday morning! Here's my personal blog
Month at a glance, updated:
Very bright, right overhead (for LA). Free but you'll miss part of the
Dodgers/Braves (or Falcons/Jets).
07 October 2013
Event Time Altitude Azimuth Distance (km) Brightness Sun altitude
Rises 19:45:12 0° 226° (SW) 2,341 1.2 -16.6°
Reaches altitude 10° 19:47:17 10° 227° (SW) 1,482 0.1 -17.1°
Maximum altitude 19:50:37 86° 317° (NW) 420 -3.4 -17.7°
Enters shadow 19:51:33 45° 43° (NE) 579 -2.9 -17.9°