There are a lot of astronomical events coming up! Saturday night we'll
most likely be moving to another corner of Library Park because our
corner will be used by a check-in booth for the Monrovia Wine Walk
The registrants will be collecting their tickets near our usual setup
area and they've almost asked us to move (I called about it -- talked
to two people about it, but the person who would call me back with a
decision in an hour never did). I tried. So if you don't see
telescopes on that busy corner, walk around the Library Park block.
Primrose/Lime corner looks promising, we'll check it out tomorrow when
the wine even gets started.
We'll have a great moon view, and no planets Saturday night. But all
this wind and cooler weather may mean an exceptional moon viewing night.
If you are up early Saturday or Sunday morning, you might see some Lyrid
Meteors, early am hours, and the moon will wash some out, but observing
from home: just get to an area where the moon is blocked, and look up!
What's Up April (linked in my signature line, has the info:
May 5th: launch of a mission --> to Mars, InSight will be visible from
Central California to Mexico. 4:05 a.m. on Cinco de Mayo with a launch
window until June 8th. I talk about it in May What's Up video, because
Mars and the moon will be visible in the sky at the exact time of the
first launch opportunity on May 5th. How cool is that? To see an
interplanetary launch from SoCal if you have a West and South
unobstructed horizon). I worked on InSight for three years, and it is
near and dear to my heart. :-)
Next Mojave National Preserve star party the following weekend, May
12th. RSVP here as the free group campsite gets crowded.
I thing that's all for this month.....
Jane Houston Jones
Solar System Public Engagement
What's Up April:
Moon,Mars,Saturn plus Lyrid meteors
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