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ORION RISING, ANDROMEDA GALAZY ON HIGH: STAR PARTY AT MISSION TRAILS JANUARY 11

 

January 2, 2014 (San Diego) – You’re invited to a star party with Mission Trails Regional Park guide and resident astronomer George Varga on Saturday, January 11 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Moon is past First Quarter and waxing. Jupiter will be rising in the Eastern sky. Up for viewing are The Pleiades (Seven Sisters), the Double Cluster in Perseus, the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) high overhead as well as the great Orion Nebula rising in the East.

STAR PARTY AT MISSION TRAILS NOVEMBER 16

 

November 14, 2013 (San Diego) -- Join Mission Trails Regional Park's resident stargazer, George Vargas, for a "star party" on Saturday November 16 from 5 to 8 p.m.  Meet at the far end of the Kumeyaay Campground day use parking lot, where a telescope will be available to veiw the nighttime sky. 

The moon will be one day short of being Full so it will contribute to light pollution. The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and its companion M32 are well in position for viewing. Light from these two objects takes about 2.5 – 2.9 million years to reach Earth. The Double Cluster in Perseus will also be visible be in the northeastern sky.

PHOTO OF THE MONTH: PELICAN NEBULA

 

November 12, 2013 (Poway) -- Scott Dixon with the San Diego Astronomy Association (SDAA) shot this fiery image showing the head of the Pelican Nebula. The photo was taken in Poway in August.

To view more dramatic astronomical images, visit the SDAA website gallery at http://aisig.sdaa.org/objects.asp.

GROSSMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND MASTER CHORALE TO PERFORM “THE PLANETS” SEPT. 26—WITH VISUALS FROM NASA

September 21, 2012 (Lemon Grove) -- Join the members of the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra & Master Chorale in the second concert of the 2012-2013 performance season entitled THE PLANETS—a multimedia performance combining music with high definition graphics & animations from NASA and EUROSPACE. 

KEPLER DISCOVERS PLANETARY SYSTEM ORBITING TWO SUNS

Lead author SDSU astronomy professor Jerry Orosz said it's the first transiting circumbinary multi-planet system to be found.

September 6, 2012 (San Diego) -- Astronomers at the International Astronomical Union meeting announced the discovery of the first transiting circumbinary multi-planet system: two planets orbiting around a pair of stars. This discovery shows that planetary systems can form and survive even in the chaotic environment around a binary star. And such planets can exist in the habitable zone of their stars.

STARRY, STARRY NIGHTS: JULIAN STARFEST AUG 25-28


 
 August 22, 2011 (Julian, CA) --  Organizers of the fourth annual Julian StarFest announced the popular astronomy event will be held at the Menghini Winery from Thursday, Aug. 25 through Sunday, Aug. 28. Presented by the San Diego Astronomy Association and the community of Julian, the event draws thousands of Southern Californians to Julian to enjoy the dark skies. 
 

DESERT STARGAZING CAMPOUT OCT. 9-10 IN BORREGO BADLANDS

 

 

Overnight campout offers stargazers a unique view of the desert—both terrestrial and celestial—from expert guides

October 1, 2010 (Borrego Springs) – Noted astronomer and syndicated columnist Dennis Mammana, along with California Overland Desert Excursions, will hold an overnight campout under the clear, dark desert skies on Saturday/Sunday, October 9/10.  Visible that weekend will be such celestial showpieces as the Milky Way, the giant planet Jupiter, the Andromeda Galaxy, and the brightening comet 103/P Hartley 2.

OBSERVATORY DONATED TO JULIAN HIGH:; DEDICATION AUG. 18 , JULIAN STARFEST AUG. 20-23

 

August 7, 2009 (Julian, CA)--(Julian, CA) “Eagle Observatory” will be dedicated at Julian High School at 5 p.m. on August 18, 2009. The astronomical observatory, funded through donations and built by volunteers, will be officially “opened” for observing and “first light”. Named “Eagle” for Julian High School’s mascot, the donated observatory is the result of tremendous collaboration that was organized by the founders of Starfest, a three-day stargazing festival slated for August 20-23 at the Menghini Winery.

BORREGO SPRINGS NAMED INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY COMMUNITY—ONE OF ONLY TWO WORLDWIDE

 

August 4, 2009 (Borrego Springs) -- On Friday, July 31, Borrego Springs was designated by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) as only the second official International Dark Sky Community on earth—and the first in California.

 

“MAGNIFICENT MILKY WAY” WITH ASTRONOMER DENNIS MAMMANA AT BORREGO SPRINGS AUG. 15

 

July 5, 2009 (Borrego Springs)--Few celestial sights are as stunning as an August desert sky. On Saturday, August 15, famed astronomer and night sky photographer Dennis Mammana offers an evening of galactic viewing along the Milky Way.  

 

Mammana invites guests to "witness some of the most magnificent scenery anywhere" from “the nearest of stars and glowing nebulae to the shattered remains of once mighty suns to our galaxy's most distant stellar clusters."

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