Hi everyone, it's that time again - we'll have telescopes out at the
usual spots in Pasadena and Monrovia this weekend. But step out
tonight at sunset if you can for a gorgeous view of my favorite
planet, Saturn, near the equally gorgeous crescent moon. I hope to
see some of you on the weekend. After June, Saturn will not be
visible from our sidewalk events for quite a while, so get your
viewing in soon. Jane
For Wednesday March 31:
Look up in the western sky tonight after sunset and you'll have a
ring-side view of Saturn near the crescent moon. No telescope
required.This article shows a nice chart for tonight, but it is also
useful for the weekend viewing too, scroll down to the charts.
For the weekend:
This weekend, look up and view planets and the moon from your
backyard without a telescope. Mars and Saturn draw closer to each
other each night. These two planets are to the lower right of the
moon Friday the 2nd. Meanwhile near the horizon, try to spot Mercury
low in the west-northwest 5 degrees above the horizon after sunset.
If you don't see it, don't worry, it will be a little higher in June.
Meanwhile, Jupiter reigns all alone over the southern sky - you can't
miss it - it's the brightest "star" in the sky. Use this star chart
For telescope viewing this weekend, dust off that 'scope in the
closet for a tour of the solar system, or join one of these groups
for some moon and planet viewing.
Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers http://www.otastro.org/
Friday, June 2, 7:30 p.m. 'til 10:00 p.m., Colorado near Delacey -
Pasadena Ave., Old Town Pasadena
Saturday, June 3, 7:30 p.m. 'til 9:30 p.m., Myrtle & Lime,Old Town Monrovia
Griffith Park Observatory Satellite (telescopes courtesy of Los
Angeles Amateur Astronomers and LA Sidewalk Astronomers)
Satuday June 3 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Mount Wilson Observatory Association lists events all over Southern
California, scroll down for "Star Parties and Telescopes" for more
viewing events: http://www.mwoa.org/events.htm
Jane Houston Jones
Senior Outreach Specialist, Cassini Program
JPL - 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 230-205
Pasadena, CA 91109 818-393-6435
Cassini Saturn Observation Campaign