It is time once again for the Starry Nights Festival in the high desert. This event, sponsored by the town of Yucca Valley and the local Andromeda Astronomy Club, is a great way to enjoy dark skies in a friendly desert town in the crisp clear desert air of Southern California
Admission is free
11th annual Starry Nights Festival September 28-29, 2007
Friday afternoon and evening events:
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Lighting Conference
5:00 p.m. Art Opening, Sky Beyond the Sun: Imagining the Universe; Watercolors by Martha Jacobson
7:30 p.m.—10:00 p.m. Stargazing at Machris Park, A free shuttle bus will take you from the city community center to the park.
Many astronomers will have their telescopes set up for you to view the Moon, planets and dark sky objects.
If you elect to bring your telescope to the park, you can join in the fun of astronomy outreach and share your telescope with the many local citizens that will come to the park
Saturday afternoon's events focus at the High Desert Nature Museum and the Town of Yucca Valley Community Center.
12:30 p.m. WRAL annual meeting
1:00 p.m. Wayne Johnson a.k.a Mr. Galaxy “Schmoozing with Supernovae”
2:00 pm. Astrogeologist Gary Peterson “Meteorites and other Space Debris”
3:00 p.m. Wally Pacholka, famous astroimager, “America the Beautiful at Night”
4:00 p.m. Dennis Mammana “Seven Wonders of the Cosmos”
From 1:00 pm through 4:30 pm, solar telescopes will be set up in the courtyard for free safe viewing the sun in both visible light (photosphere) and in Hydrogen Alpha (chromosphere), with a venerable Coronado Helios Solar Telescope and a Baaader Astrosolar Safety Film filter equipped Meade LX250 GPS SCT.
5:00 p.m. Andromeda Society Raffle - Cool prizes, ranging from telescopes to free dinners in town!
5:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker David Levy, world-renowned astronomy author, lecturer and comet discoverer.
6:30 p.m. Twilight Reception at Hi-Desert Nature Museum; socialize with amateur astronomers and local citizens.
7:30 p.m.—10:00 p.m. Stargazing at Machris Park, Free shuttle for viewers from the Community Center.
Again, many astronomers will have their telescopes set up for your viewing pleasure. Or, bring your own telescope and share it with the public.
SNF solar and nightime outreach veteran
2007 Starry Nights Festival in the Town of Yucca Valley, California
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