June marks the beginning of our annual tour of some of the great
national parks of the US. Our motto beccomes "Have Telescope, Will Travel!"
During the warm summer months we take telescopes, and occasionally other
sidewalk astronomers away from the city and into the national parks for
a couple of the annual star parties.
In June, we'll be in Northern Arizona and Utah for the annual Grand
Canyon Star Party and the Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival. During these
events, the dark skies of the national park become rich tapestry for
amateur astronomer volunteers who introduce thousands of park visitors
to the dark splendor of the summer Milky Way. Closer to home, the
Joshua Tree Mational Park has a similar ongoing astronomy program, in
conjunction with the Yucca Valley based Andromeda Society.
Our OTASTRO website http://www.otastro.org/
has all the summer star
party dates, but I'll recap June here:
We'll be at the Kaibab Lodge June 11 - talks at sunset, and later,
telescopes out on the Lodge grounds. http://kaibablodge.com/events.htm
Sidewalk barry Peckham from hawaii and John Dobson from San Francisco
will be with us.
We'll be at the Grand Canyon - North Rim June 12-13. The star party
takes place at both the North Rim Lodge and the South rim Yavapai Point
parking lot June 9-16. http://www.tucsonastronomy.org/gcsp.html
public is welcome to hear the talks at sunset and look through the
telescopes. All the telescope volunteers have registered with the
national park as volunteers (aka lots of paperwork) and gone through a
brief park training and orientation. If you're interested for next
year, you can get information via the website above.
Then we'll head north to Bryce Canyon National Park on June 14 - 16.
Again all the volunteers have registered and even documented what types
of telescopes they are bringing - as there is only room for 45
telescopes at the star party site. this event goes on for 3 days, and
there are activites both day and night. It's all free, but some events
require tickets due to space limitations. Read all about it here:
June 22 and 23 will be our monthly sidewalk Astronomy nights in Pasadena
Finally, my monthly video, "What's Up" for June is up on the JPL
website. Have a listen! It's only 2 minutes long and is packed with
great amateur images of planets and more. There's lots to see this
Jane Houston Jones
34.2048N 118.1732W, 637.0 feet
Old Town Astronomers: http://www.otastro.org