Normally we don't send this many emails to our list, but it's a really
great weekend for astronomy.
First of all, we have great weather, warm with clear skies, and fairly
Second, we have a great array of planets. Venus and Saturn are setting
quickly in the west, and this will be our last month for Saturn.
Jupiter is rising low in the south east, and the moon this weekend is
high with lots of detail. Something for every telescope we should have
out on Saturday night!
Third, we have a great pass of the International Space Station. It will
enter the sky from the northwest, cross between the Big Dipper and the
north star, then pass all the way across the sky to the east, just above
the rising summer triangle. It'll be first visible at 8:50, reach its
highest altitude of 58 degrees at 8:53, then disappear at 8:55.
So join us in Old Town Monrovia Saturday night. Sunset is late, but we
can see the moon before the sun sets. We should be at Myrtle & Lime
from about 7:30 'til 10 p.m.
And just to follow up on the landing of the space shuttle, I did indeed
step out my front door in Monrovia to hear a nice "boom boom" pair of
sonic booms from the shuttle on approach. Five minutes later it was on
the ground. That was a first for me!
Finally, pictures from the Grand Canyon and Bryce are here:
Old Town Astronomers: http://www.otastro.org