The weather looks lovely for sidewalk astronomy tonight and tomorrow.
The weekend features a lovely first-quarter moon and Jupiter.
Tonight we'll be looking for space near the Barnes & Noble on Colorado
Blvd., between Delacey and Pasadena Ave. It's Harry Potter release
night, we like to try to expand on some of the astronomical themes from
the books for all the young wizards and muggles.
Tomorrow night we'll be at our usual corner in Monrovia, at Library
Park, Myrtle & Lime.
Drop by and say hello!
Jane's great monthly video "What's Up" is still available from the JPL
web site. We're both delighted that it's been featured for the past
week on the main NASA home page as well, at <http://www.nasa.gov/>.
If you use iTunes, you can subscribe to the free NASA podcasts from JPL,
and have her two-minute monthly video downloaded automatically. It's
fun watching it on my iPod. :)
This link goes directly to this month's video:
And the current one is always available here:
Old Town Astronomers: http://www.otastro.org
"What's Up - July" , the monthly amateur astronomy themed podcast is
up on the public JPL website http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/. I'm the host
of the video. It's geared to members of the public. I put in some
pictures from our June trip to Kaibab, GCSP and Bryce - hope you all
like it! Jane :-)
What's Up for July is all about the moon, and I think it can be used?
Be sure to step outside on the 16th and have a look at Saturn, Venus
and the crescent moon! See you on the sidewalk the weekend of the
Here's What's Up for July will be archived here, but it's in the
process of getting on the page now and we're on our way to Yosemite
in 15 minutes.
The video is only 2 minutes long and is packed with great amateur
images of planets and more. You'll find some simple (aimed at the
general public) downloadable sky charts, links to NASA amateur
astronomy networks, and this is where the What's Ups are archived.
There are several different download options for museum, planetarium,
astronomy club, classroom and National Parks :-) use. And you can
download these right onto your video iPOD too. If you use them in
any way, let me know!
Jane Houston Jones
Senior Outreach Specialist, Cassini Program
JPL - 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 230-205
Pasadena, CA 91109 818-393-6435
Cassini SOC http://soc.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm
What's Up? http://education.jpl.nasa.gov/amateurastronomy/index.html