Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 1, 2020

Virtual Star Parties

October 3, 10, and 17, Saturdays, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Virtual Star Parties
Livestream from Curiosity Peak Observatory in Julian
Hosted by Doug Sollosy and Vivek Vijayakumar
ABDNHA and the Borrego Dark Sky Coalition join with the Julian Dark Sky Network for live-streamed virtual tours of the night sky. You’re invited to join us from the comfort your home. Our guides will be Doug Sollosy, amateur astronomer, owner of Curiosity Peak Observatory, and leader of the Julian Dark Sky Network, and Vivek Vijayakumar, an amazing 17-year-old amateur (for now) astronomer. Our view will be as if looking through the large telescope at the observatory, as well as a fish-eye view of the night sky and familiar objects with an all-sky camera.
We’ll sail off into the Universe on October 3, 10, and 17.
To join the program, go online to YouTube and search for Curiosity Peak Observatory.  At 8 p.m. click on the Live Stream button when it appears.
No charge. Mark your calendar as a reminder!
Join us for some great viewing and night sky astronomy!
Oct. 3, Sat., 8 p.m. – Tour the Cosmos through Spectroscopy
We’ll be looking at nebulae (clouds of gas and dust) in the Milky Way and a couple of planets in our solar system through the Spectrograph, which permits us to not only see objects in space, but also find out what they’re composed of. This is definitely for the more science-minded folks out there!
Oct. 10, Sat., 8 p.m. – Compare the Night Sky from Two Locations
Tour the night sky simultaneously from Julian, a dark sky location, and San Marcos, a suburban community in San Diego County. Also, we’ll see great views of deep sky objects in the autumn sky, but directly compare the sky quality of the two communities. See for yourself the effects of light pollution on the night sky.
Oct. 17, Sat., 8 p.m. – Get to Know the Autumn Night Sky
We’ll get to know our way around the autumn night sky, and go deep into some of the cosmic wonders. We may take a peek at Mars, which will be in opposition. This means Mars is the closest to Earth it’s been in two years.


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