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Star Party at Foothills Park this Saturday, April 21, 8 to 10:30 pm
Last Post 04-16-2018 04:04 AM by admin. 0 Replies.
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04-16-2018 04:04 AM  

The first public astronomy program (star party) at Vista Hill in Palo Alto Foothills Park for 2018 is this Saturday, April 21, from 8 to 10:30 pm.

Sunset is 7:49 pm; there is a 37% waxing  gibbous Moon.

The park entrance WILL CLOSE PROMPTLY AT 8:00 pm - please plan on arrving BEFORE then. This event ends for the public at 10:30 pm. Astronomers may stay later if they wish and if a PAS officer is present to lock up when the last person leaves.

Foothills Park is open ONLY to residents of Palo Alto; however, anyone bringing a telescope does not need to be a resident. If asked, tell them at the gate that you are an amateur astronomer bringing a telescope. This event is organized by PAS but you do not need to be a PAS member to participate.

Foothills Park is approximately 3 miles up Page Mill Road from Highway 280; the entrance is at the apex of a hairpin turn and pretty easy to find. The star party itself is held on Vista Hill, the highest spot in the park that you can drive to. Ask the ranger at the gate for directions or simply follow the signs. Astronomers may drive past the cones blocking the road and park at the top of the hill (assuming there is room left - the very limited parking fills up quickly!)

For further information contact William Phelps at wm(at)usa.net or the park rangers at open.space(at)cityofpaloalto.org   In the event of rain, this event is cancelled.

Hope to see you there!

This is the last Foothills Park star party for 2017.

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