This weekend features an annual event that Jane and I have enjoyed, the
Starry Nights Festival held in Yucca Valley.
The event features talks at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum on astronomy
topics, and David Levy will be the featured speaker on Saturday afternoon.
Then they offer telescope viewing under the very dark skies of Yucca
Valley through the Andromeda Society's member's telescopes at Machris
Park. The museum will offer free shuttle buses to the park from the
museum in Yucca Valley. On our previous visit to this event, the big
floodlights of the park were off, there was plenty of dim red light to
see by, and society volunteers were serving hot cocoa.
All the information, including a program and map, is here at the Town of
Yucca Valley's web site:
Jane and I will be there Saturday afternoon, and Saturday evening at the
star party with our big dobsonian reflectors.
Next weekend, October 21, we're also planning a dark sky night just for
our friends and fans of the Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers, in the
beautiful remote Colorado Desert south of Joshua Tree. I'll send
another note with more information about that soon.
With the giant planets gone from the evening sky for the rest of the
year, it's a great time to soak up the faint deep sky objects from our
beautiful desert locations!
Old Town Astronomers http://www.otastro.org