The smoke from the Station fire in La Canada isn't likely to obscure the
moon and Jupiter tonight, but it's not looking like a good night to
spend two or three hours breathing the fire smoke in the heat. We're
going to take a pass on Old Town Pasadena tonight.
I'll send an update tomorrow about Monrovia when we've had a chance to
check the conditions better.
Just as every year now since 2003 (when it was partly true), we've had a
big spike in web traffic as the "Mars in August Spectacular" email virus
makes its rounds again. Hopefully if you had friends or family who
forwarded this now-bogus email to you, you've had a chance to set them
Old Town Astronomers: http://www.otastro.org