Summer has definitely arrived in L.A., and it's promising to be a hot
weekend! It's also the weekend of the first-quarter moon, when you see
a roughly half-moon in the early evening sky. You might have noticed it
growing from a small crescent this week as it passed by Venus, Mars, and
Saturn after sunset on successive nights.
This weekend we'll be serving up views of the moon, Saturn, and Venus to
accidental astronomers at Pamela Park in Duarte, and Old Town Monrovia.
Tonight instead of Old Town Pasadena, the astronomers will be set up in
small Pamela Park in Duarte. L.A. is keeping several county parks open
past sunset this summer. Look for telescopes there tonight between 8:00
and 10:00 p.m. The park's official web page has its location just south
of Duarte Blvd.:
Saturday we'll be at our usual spot in Monrovia at the corner of Myrtle
and Lime at Library Park from 8:00 'til 10:00.
Now here's a kick -- Monrovia is putting on free outdoor movies in
Library Park this summer, and Saturday evening they'll be showing _Star
Wars_. Last month this turned out to be a great combination activity,
and we had one of our biggest turnouts in Monrovia. Between the hot
summer day and the movie in the park, we should have good crowds this
Saturday as well.
Finally, if any of you still have a telescope in the closet that you've
never quite figured out how to set up, I'll be happy to meet you in
Monrovia at our Library Park location at 7:00 with my box of tools.
Drop me a note if you'd like to do this. If I don't hear from you I
won't be there.
Old Town Astronomers: http://www.otastro.org