Nothing will stop your intrepid Sidewalk Astronomers from delivering
telescopic eye candy. Not even Halloween!
Tonight, Friday the 30th we'll be at One Colorado in Pasadena. Now we always
set up our telescopes "someplace" between Fair Oaks and Pasadena Avenues,
but tonight we're going to be as close to or in the courtyard of One
Colorado to support the Spitzer Science Center's exhibit. They are part of
the 3-week Pasadena Arts and Ideas Festival. So stop by and join us, and
check out the Spitzer Ask A scientist station, images and videos too!
Saturday night, we "hope" to be on our Myrtle and Lime corner in Monrovia
with just a couple telescopes. Most of our gang will be doing sidewalk
astronomy in their own neighborhoods, so it might just be the two of us. But
no matter how many telescopes the view will be BOO-tiful!
Finally, before the links, here is my annual spooky astronomical observing
list. Hope it's not too scary!
Pasadena Arts and Ideas Oct 23-Nov 9th
Spitzer Science Center and One Colorado presents Fri and Saturday night
(next weekend too):
All day long: Images from NASA in the courtyard
Dusk to 10pm with short videos, demonstrations, "Ask an Astronomer"
Dusk to 9:30 Friday night, probably not on Halloween night.Astronomers on
Colorado Blvd entrance to One Colorado
Jane Houston Jones
Senior Outreach Specialist, Cassini Program
JPL - 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 230-205
Pasadena, CA 91109 818-393-6435
2009 What's Up podcast archives
This month I talk about the history of the Andromeda Galaxy in my What's Up podcast. It's online here in lots of different formats for you to choose:
All JPL podcastsincluding What's Up here on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=JPLnews#p/u
Here's an article on the Universe Today website about my sketching project: I have been observing and sketching the Galilean objects through a small
refractor similar to Galileo's ,all year long. It's my way to honor International Year of Astronomy and the 400 years since Galileo first aimed a telescope to the sky and saw wonderful things.
I was recently in Canada giving a talk, and met a First Nation Science
Educator who was talking about astronomy legends and seeing the Cree Nation sky. I wrote a blog post about some of the star legends - it's here: http://jane.whiteoaks.com/
This experience made me want to devote my next year to storytelling. I'd like to include one seasonal star legend in each of my monthly What's Up podcasts. If you have a favorite myth or star legend. I'm not looking for things you can just google - I can do that myself. I'm looking for stories you learned or heard or love about constellations, the moon, the sun, stars, etc. I really look forward to hearing from you!
Mojo and I are heading out to Warner Springs Ranch next weekend to conduct a star party there. It's a great weekend destination, not too far, but far enough, with hot springs, bicycles, horses, horseshoes, tennis hiking on the Anza Trail, and beautiful dark skies too! They offer free stargazing to their guests at least once a month - this will be our second star party there. :-)http://www.warnersprings.com/
Halloween weekend will find is at our usual haunts (get it, "haunts" as in haunted house) Old Town Pasadena Friday the 30th, Old Town Monrovia Saturday the 31st. Listed on our www.otastro.org website, weather permitting, of course.
Thats all for this time, Jane
Jane Houston Jones
Old Town Astronomers: http://www.otastro.org
What's Up October? Andromeda Galaxy! http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/news/whatsup.cfm