Tonight's star party is a go! Several of you have RSVP'ed and we are
looking forward to sharing the magnificent skies with you tonight.
Plan to arrive well before sunset so you have time to set up your tent,
and share in the potluck dinner. Bring something you like, and a little
to share. There are typically many salads, chips and dips, and desserts
which are welcome after dark.
There is a large covered picnic table pavilion where you can stow your
camp stove if you are cooking, and you an leave your pot luck out until
you go to bed.
Weather has improved somewhat from earlier cloudy forecasts. It will be
mostly clear, with lows overnight of 61 degrees (high close to 100
during the day). Bring plenty of water and loose layered clothes. It
will be windy - with 8-15 winds and there may be gusts up to 20 mph.
We'll have gorgeous views of Mercury and the moon low on the western
horizon I hope, then Jupiter, Mars and Saturn. In the morning, for those
getting up before dawn, Venus is a real treat. In between, Milky way
wonders and other galaxies. We'll hold another dark sky star party here
in the fall, probably around the of the 20th anniversary of Mojave
National Preserve on October 31.
Clear Sky Chart: http://cleardarksky.com/c/HlWllCpCAkey.html?1
Views from Amboy Crater dark sky night last weekend:
Milky Way Rising from Gary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAtUx-iCZBI
Photos from Jane and Mojo
Jane Houston Jones
@jhjones @CassiniSaturn @NASAInsight
What's Up For May? Saturn, Mars, Comets, Meteor Showers