STAR PARTY SCHEDULE:
Star Parties are an activity where members and guests come together to view the skies. If you have a telescope, bring it; if not, come and look through someone else's.
China Lake Astronomical Societies Public Star Parties are held monthly March through November, on the Friday nearest the New Moon, on dates listed below. Some other public star parties are held at Maturango Museum’s "Carroll L. Evans, Jr. Memorial Observatory Dome", on the Thursday evening proceeding these Friday Star Parties. We also provide public Star Parties severaltimes a year at Red Rock Canyon State Park. Exact dates will be announced in our monthly newsletter on this site as "Our Latest Newsletter".
Ridgecrest Star Parties are held at a site in the open desert south
of Ridgecrest. To reach the site from Ridgecrest, go south on China Lake
Boulevard 6.5 miles from its intersection with Ridgecrest Boulevard. Continue
straight across Highway 395 and you will be on Brown Road (Old Highway
395). Follow Brown Road as it curves to the right and goes west. After
2.3 miles, there will be a 30-inch orange cone on the left. Turn left and
follow the dirt road marked by 12-inch cones. The CLAS star party site
is 0.5 miles along this road. Signs and cones will be put out about a half
hour before viewing starts.
Call Roger Brower 760-375-1181 or Bruce Churchill 760-677-1143, for more information.
Saturday, March 9: Red Rock Canyon, Star viewing at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 15: Signs out at 7:30 p.m., Star viewing at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 12: Signs out at 8:00 p.m., Star viewing at 8:30 p.m.
Friday, May 10: Signs out at 8:30 p.m., Star viewing at 9:00 p.m.
Friday, June 7: Signs out at 8:30 p.m., Star viewing at 9:00 p.m.
Friday, July 5: Signs out at 8:30 p.m., Star viewing at 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 9: Signs out at 8:00, Star viewing at 8:30 p.m.
Friday, September 6: Signs out at 7:30 p.m., Star viewing 8:00 p.m.
Friday, October 4: Signs out at 7:00 p.m., Star viewing at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 1: Signs out at 7:00 p.m., Star viewing at 7:30 p.m.
Note: Schedule is weather dependent and there may be other events not
listed here see our latest issue of our "Skywatchers"