Mojo and I have often set up our sidewalk telescopes at local
bookstores when a popular book such as one of the Harry Potter
series is released. It's especially nice when there is a midnight
(or evening) book release which coincides with a first quarter moon.
Wizards and muggles alike set aside their differences and stand
peacefully in line for a look at the moon.
July's first quarter moon Friday night happens to coincide with the
release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Donna Smith of the
LA Sidewalk Astronomers is wondering if one or two telescope
operators could help her out at the Barnes and Noble in Burbank on
Friday the 20th. The event starts at 6 p.m. and the book goes on
sale at midnight. They set up the telescopes up on the roof.
If you have telescope and will travel :-) let Donna know. She's
interested in having kids there - kids with telescopes, that is.
Contact Donna directly. Her email is dsmith1055(a)earthlink.net, if you
are interested in bringing a telescope to this event.
If Burbank is not convenient for you, why not ask your own favorite
bookstore if they'd like to have your telescope out on that night.
The moon and Jupiter will make great targets! Mojo and I will try to
set up our telescopes near the Colorado Blvd Barnes and Noble,
parking permitting. Our two telescopes are plenty for that busy
Jane Houston Jones
Senior Outreach Specialist, Cassini Program
JPL - 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 230-205
Pasadena, CA 91109 818-393-6435
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