January 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – View the planet Jupiter, star constellations, and the Andromeda Galaxy at a stargazing party this Saturday, January 14 at Mission Trails Regional Park from 5-8 p.m. Join trail guide and resident stargazer George Varga for this star-studded free event.
The moon is waning and will not rise until around midnight, so it will not contribute to light pollution during the viewing hours. Jupiter will be in the Southwestern sky. The Pleiades (Seven Sisters), the Double Cluster in Perseus, the Andromeda Galaxy high overhead as well as the great Orion Nebula rising in the in the East will be visible.
Meet at the far end of the Kumeyaay Campground’s day use parking lot in Mission Trails Regional Park. A telescope will be available to view the nighttime sky. (Please don’t bring any lanterns or white-light flashlights near the telescope.)
Mission Trails is accessed off Mission Gorge Road in San Diego, just west of Santee. For a map and more information, visit www.mtrp.org.