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Desert Night Sky: Planets to Galaxies                                  

Date/Time: Saturday, May 16, 2 pm – 10 pm
Meet at: Oasis Visitor Center
Fee: $60 members $70 non members
Instructor: David Chappell, Ph.D., Astronomy, Professor, University of LaVerne
Hike Level: Easy

Warm Mayl nights are a perfect time to experience the newly emerging spring night sky. The brilliant stars of winter have sunk beneath the horizon and spring galaxies swirl high in the heavens. David Chappell, Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics at the University of La Verne, will lead participants on a tour of the heavens starting with the planets and ending with distant galaxies during this one-day field class. Starting indoors, the course will cover basic astronomy and practical observing techniques as well as recent discoveries in astronomy. Just before sunset, the class will travel into Joshua Tree National Park to observe the night sky. Telescopes and binoculars will be used to see the rings of Saturn, the Great Orion Nebula, dozens of galaxies, and more. Don’t miss this great opportunity to discover the universe that surrounds us!

Click to download the course outline: Desert Night Sky Planets to Galaxies Outline – Sp 2015(approved)

Please review this pdf package that contains pertinent information about your class, the Joshua Tree National Park, camping reservations and lodging in the area around the park:  enrollment attachments.

If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Please take the time to review our General Class Information and Fitness Levels before registering.

 

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