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Telescopes on the Tarmac
July 5, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Starting at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 5, the Kern River Valley Astronomy Club, along with the Keepers of the Kern will celebrate the country’s birthday weekend by hosting another Star Party on the tarmac at the Kern Valley Airport. There will be a spectacular view of the moon’s terminator, the line that divides the light and dark on the lunar surface. Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, will become visible just after dusk and about one hour later we will be treated to the views of the beautiful ringed planet Saturn. The moon will be a very thin crescent tonight as it begins its monthly cycle. Look closely at the gas giant Jupiter and you will see the four moons that orbit the planet. Saturn always makes a hit at star parties. Its creamy yellow color makes everyone “ohh” and “ahh.” Did you know the rings are only 100 feet thick? Check out the flashy double star Albireo with its one blue and one yellow gold color. Along with other deep sky objects. There will be a groovy Earth object visible tonight, the Keepers of the Kern will be there in their colorful tees. The Keepers of the Kern are true friends of the Kern River Valley and tonight they will be providing some refreshments for the guests. So be one. Come out and look up. It’s always free.