In addition to our telescopes at Myrtle&Lime Streets in Monrovia
tonight, those local to LA will get to see the International Space
Station pass over.
Time: Sat Apr 16 8:43 PM, Visible: 3 min, Max Height: 46°, Appears: 16°
above NNW, Disappears: 39° above ENE
If you are not local to LA use Spot the Station to find out when and
where to look: https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/
Looking forward to seeing many of you (but not all 619 of you on this
list) tonight!! Jane and the Sidewalk Astronomers
Jane Houston Jones
What's Up April 2016: Mercury, Mars, Jupiter + Lyrids
Saturday April 16th your local Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers will be out
in Monrovia, at the corner of Myrtle and Lime from 7p.m. to 9:30 p.m.,
or so. We'll be sharing views of the moon and Jupiter. The wind will
mean the views will not be stellar (aka wobbly views), but the people
and questions will be awesome, and the view OK.
My April What's Up video is here - and although Mars is a treat, it's an
after-midnight treat for early risers. https://youtu.be/MmTINt3vCSwna
So join us tomorrow night!
If you can't, our 15th Mojave National Preserve star party is May 7. The
info is here,
contact me to enquire about rideshareing. A few people are actively
looking to share the cost and driving to Mojave National Preserve. Free
campsite and entrance, but RSVP, as there are only so many campsites.
Then in August - August 12/13 (Perseid Meteor shower weekend) Mojo and I
and maybe a few other Old Town Astronomers will be sharing telescope
views for the public at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Getting
there is on your own, but Bridalveil Campground is the closest Yosemite
campground to Glacier Point. The astronomers from the San Jose Astro
Club are on park service volunteer duty (we are members of that club),
but every non-full-moon weekend from July 4 - Labor Day features a
northern California Astronomy club free star party at Glacier Point. So
make that part of your National Park Tour this summer!
Two things the Sidewalk Astronomers are world famous for is astronomy on
the sidewalk -- a la Myrtle and Lime Streets, and National Park Star
Parties. We make it a point to do both every year. Our star parties are
always free. No one should have to pay to see their universe.
Join us in the park - Library Park and our favorite National Parks
(Mojave National Preserve and Yosemite National Park), or at a local
school or park.
Jane Houston Jones
What's Up March 2016:
Jupiter, its moons, their shadows
Step outside tonight at 8:08 for a nice pass of the ISS 49° above the
horizon at its highest!
Get your own alerts here https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/
Thu Mar 31 8:08 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 49°, Appears: 10° above
WSW, Disappears: 11° above NE
My April Podcast appears today so it doesn't get mixed up in any April
Fool spoofs. https://youtu.be/af0zVX8nIBc
And our semi-annual Mojave National Preserve star party is May 7th. It
is free, and the Black Canyon Group Campground is reserved for us for
the 15th time courtesy of the Mojave National Preserve Conservancy and
the National Preserve and the National Preserve.
We'll turn our gaze (and our telescopes) away from the Milky Way and
peer out at galaxies in May. We won't ignore the planets, either - it
will be just a few weeks from Mars Opposition, and Mars has not appeared
as large as it will be in May since 2005! Jupiter will also be putting
on a great view, and we always keep a list of visible comets to show
under the dark Mojave skies. It's osur favorite event, made even better
by sharing with our friends like you.
There are always a few people looking to share rides to the desert. I
have one woman who would like to share the expense (and the driving)
with another woman. Let me know if you are interested and I'll put you
in contact with her. Any others - you can always post your intent on
our OTAstro Facebook account.
or send me a private note.
That's all for this month, literally! Jane
Jane Houston Jones
What's Up April: Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Lyrids!