Solar System Extravaganza

Bring your lawn chair, a light jacket, binoculars and enjoy an evening under the stars at the Arthur Pursell Observatory. This is a special astronomical event because four planets will be visible along with the moon. Mars and Jupiter have just passed opposition and Saturn is going to reach opposition on May 10th. Opposition means that the planet is closet to earth in its orbit around the sun. Mars will not be this close again until 2016. Come early to see Mercury before it sets. Followed by Jupiter and the Moon. Mars will be high in the east and Saturn low in the east.

During this event we will give a presentation on the planets in the Astro Physics Center. The public will be able to look through the large telescope in the dome and other smaller telescopes outside on the observing pads. Also there will be a constellation tour of the late spring and early summer constellations.

The event will be held on Saturday evening, May 3rd. This event is held in conjunction with the Astronomical League’e “Astronomy Day”. The gates to the observatory will be open at 7:30 pm. Presentations will start at 8:00 pm. The event will end about 10:00 pm. A $5.00 fee per person will be collected upon entrance to help support the observatory. (TAA members and children 6 and under are free)

See Poster Here     TAA event poster

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Greg Eckes


I am a retired music teacher. I make custom violins and violas. I play violin in the Tulare County Symphony and fiddle in the Tule River Bluegrass Band. I like camping and astronomy.


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