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Desert Night Sky: Planets to Galaxies

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Warm May 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, craters on the Moon, dozens of galaxies, and more. Don’t miss this great opportunity to discover the universe that surrounds us!

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Joshua Tree Gateway Communities, Palm Springs & Coachella Valley, Las Vegas Area, Death Valley, Ridgecrest & Northern Mojave, Anza-Borrego, Imperial Valley, S. CA Deserts, Hopi, Inland Empire & Victor Valley, Nevada (other than Las Vegas area), SoCal Mountains & Pass Areas, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, N. AZ, West Texas, Eastern Sierras, Needles, Lake Havasu, Laughlin & Kingman, Highway 178/Kernville/Lake Isabella, SoCal Coast - LA, OC, San Diego