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Star Party at Foothills Park this Saturday, May 19, 8:30 to 11:00 pm
Last Post 05-15-2018 01:54 PM by admin. 0 Replies.
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05-15-2018 01:54 PM  
The next public astronomy program (star party) at Vista Hill in Palo Alto Foothills Park for 2018 is this Saturday, May 19, from 8:30 to 11:00 pm.

Sunset is 8:14 pm; there is a 24% waxing crescent Moon which sets a little after midnight.

The park entrance WILL CLOSE PROMPTLY AT 8:30 pm - please plan on arrving BEFORE then. This event ends for the public at 11:00 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!

The next Foothills Park star party for 2018 will be on Saturday, June 16.  Details about this and the remaining Foothills Park star parties are in the club newsletter "nite skies" which is available on the PAS web site.

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