(Victor Valley)–Members of the San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers will set up their telescopes at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands on Saturday evening, August 6, 2011. Club members will bring several sizes and types of telescopes, ranging from refractors to reflectors to ‘compound’ optics, so the public can view the first-quarter moon. This Moon Party, from 8:30 to 10 p.m., is free to the public. Moon Parties at the museum are suitable for all ages.
“The moon is the nearest and most detailed celestial body in the heavens that we can observe,” said Chris Clarke, program coordinator for the San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers. “It’s literally in our astronomical backyard. We are able to see incredible detail along the terminator, or shadow line, that separates lunar day and night across its globe. During the first-quarter phase, mountains and craters stand out in three-dimensional relief and are dramatic to behold through a telescope. As a bonus, we will also get to observe Saturn. The planet’s great system of rings gives it a three-dimensional appearance as well. Join us for the fun as we meet some of our celestial neighbors through the eyepiece!”
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 5pm. General admission is $8 (adult), $6 (military or senior), $5 (student), and $4 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org.
The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669 ext. 229 or (TDD) 909-792-1462.