Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 18, 2020

Saturday Night Star Gazing!

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You’re invited to join the fun on the East Grade this Saturday night (July 18th, 2020).  Mike Pique offered to bring his fancy binoculars back, plus set up his telescope Saturday night, along with other folks.  Bring yours or look through whatever shows up.  It was really fun with all the knowledge everyone is so willing to share.

Thanks to Mike for his photo from Tuesday night.  He took it with an 8 second exposure as the International Space Station went by at 9:22 in the middle of the Big Dipper.  That space station is 17,000 miles from earth!!!  You can also see the comet right above the horizon.  The ISS moves so fast it showed up as a streak during the 8 seconds. Click for a few more photos from Mike.  Here are some more of our fun evening:

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Directions from the top of the mountain:

About 7:30 or 8:00 pm meet down the East Grade, to the right, at the 7.2 mile marker. Mike and a few others will be parked on the right (south) side of the road, down by the big metal building.

As the stars come out, there are lots of beautiful sights to see.  You’d appreciate a jacket, bug spray and maybe a folding chair. Bring binoculars if you have them. If you arrive after dark, we’re asked to be considerate with car lights and park only on the south side of the road.  You should be able to pull in just fine over some weeds.  The comet starts showing up a little before 9 pm, looking up toward Birch Hill/Conifer Road.

Hope you can take advantage of this mountain event!

 


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